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.

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.