NEW YORK – Two NBC stations have yanked the racy series "Coupling" (search) before its premiere.
Notre Dame-run WNDU in South Bend, Ind. and KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah, have dropped the show, which premieres tomorrow, because its content goes "well beyond the boundaries of our community standards," they say.
NBC has been hyping the show, based on a raunchy BBC sitcom, as a sexually charged show about six thirtysomethings and their randy exploits. The campaign seems to have worked a little too well, as far as the stations are concerned.
"Never mind . . . I don't think that episode should be too rude," "Coupling" executive producer Beryl Vertue told The Post yesterday. "I think those are both quite religious areas [where the show was yanked] but I don't think the show is particularly irreligious . . . and I would be surprised if too many people will be offended."
NBC is said to be looking for alternative stations on which to air "Coupling" in South Bend and Salt Lake City.
"It's unfortunate that not everyone will have the opportunity to make their own viewing decisions," NBC said.