Summarized by Kent Larsen
KSL Nixes New Animated Comedy
Washington Post pgC07 7Mar00 D3
By Lisa de Moraes
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- KSL-TV in Salt Lake and KPVI in Pocatello,
Idaho will not carry NBC's new animated comedy "God, the Devil, and
Bob" because of their objections to the show's taste. The show is
about a 32-year-old Detroit auto worker picked by the Devil in a bet
with God over whether mankind is worth saving. KSL is owned by
Deseret Management, the for-profit arm of the LDS Church.
KSL Vice President Al Henderson issued a statement saying that the
station's "management group looked at an advance copy of the show and
decided it does not meet our standards of taste or quality during
family viewing times." KSL has refused to carry other NBC shows in
the past, including "Saturday Night Live" and the daytime soap
"Sunset Beach." It has delayed other shows out of prime time, such as
"Law and Order Special Victims Unit," which started airing last fall.
But the Washington Post's de Moraes questions KSL's policy,
suggesting that its airing of the comedies "Veronica's Closet,"
"Suddenly Susan" and "Friends" in prime time is inconsistent with
this decision. NBC has already found a replacement in the Salt Lake
City market, which as the 36th largest market in the United States,
is important to the network. It isn't having as much success in
Pocatello, which is the 160th TV market nationally, a much lower