In August, NBC’s Salt Lake affiliate refused to air the new sitcom The New Normal, Ryan Murphy’s latest comedy. Now, the group One Million Moms is putting pressure on the show’s sponsers in an attempt to get it off of the air, as “the show mocks anyone who disagrees with their sinful lifestyle choice.” With such opposition for its first season, what are The New Normal‘s chances of success?

The New Normal is about redefining what makes up a stereotypical family, and demonstrates that through the show’s focus on a gay couple trying to have a baby. The idea is clearly controversial for some viewers, especially considering the fact that gay and lesbian couples can’t marry in some states.

The TV station in Utah, KSL–TV, decided against airing the show this season and told press that, “For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.” This statement seems intentionally vague, attempting to move the focus away from the more obvious reason – it’s about two gay men.

Andrew Rannells, who plays Bryan Collins, remarked on the news. “What is hurtful…that even today in 2012, just the fact that it was about a gay couple starting a family was enough to start a boycott – that was disappointing.”

In their weekly missive statement, One Million Moms said “the majority of the sponsors [they] previously contacted did not appear on this past week’s episode of ‘The New Normal.'” However, no sponser has come out and official stated that it will no longer be advertising during New Normal‘s time slot.

In fact, the group will be disappointed this week, as NBC has given The New Normal the go ahead for a full season, along with Go On and Revolution, as reported earlier on Hypable. The President of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, talked about their new shows, stating that they are “very proud of [their] new comedy block of Go On and The New Normal,” and went further to compliment Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler, the show’s creators, commending them for having “created a truly unique family in The New Normal that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in.” 

If there is already so much negativity surrounding a show that has only been on the air for two weeks, can it hope to last? According to Entertainment Weekly, The New Normal dropped in ratings from its premiere episode, although Go On, another new NBC comedy, has remained strong. Whether or not the drop in ratings is from bad publicity and its pro-gay attitude or because of its actual content is up for the audience to decide.

What do you think of the controversy surrounding The New Normal? What’s your thoughts on KSL-TV and One Million Moms? Discuss in the comments.

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.