Here's something I didn't know: season 1's order is only 12 episodes. Don't know if they'll get a back nine for the rest of the season or if 12 episodes is it. Also, don't know how many episodes next season will be. If it's just 12, they're following the cable formula now for dramatic series.
I haven't watched the show yet but it sounds like they took a small joke (and a bad one to boot) and totally stretched it out in both length and sensitivity. At some point, it needs to stop being offensive just for the sake of being offensive.