More Hollywood news! It’s Hollywood Monday! There’s a reality show in development at Fox that will basically be a fat version of The Bachelor. It’s called More to Love.
For six years it’s been skinny-minis and good-looking bachelors, and that’s not what the dating world looks like,” Fox president of alternative Mike Darnell said. “Why don’t real women — the women who watch these shows, for the most part — have a chance to find love too?”
The project has a similar format to “The Bachelor,” where a group of woman compete for one man (producers describe him as a “Kevin James-type”)
There’s that “real women” label that we all are kind of starting to hate. Skinny women are “real women” too, no matter how much Boxox and silicone they have going on. Anyway.
“More to Love” was inspired by the recent ratings success of “Bachelor” and the popularity of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” which Darnell credits with shattering an industry assumption that TV viewers only wanted to watch highly attractive people.
“This show is going to get a lot of people talking,” Darnell said. “It may be a little controversial, but I think it will mostly be positive. This is so simple and so obvious, yet it has never been done.” Broadcast reality-dating shows such as the CW’s “Beauty and the Geek” and NBC’s “Average Joe” have featured less-than-handsome men but paired them with model-esque women.
“Most of the country isn’t a Size 2,” Fleiss said. “It’s the dating show for the rest of us.”
Contestants will do the sort of activities seen on “Bachelor,” but producers suspect Jacuzzi or massage dates will take on a different perspective. “More to Love” will have makeover aspects — when contestants wear ballroom gowns, for instance — but Fleiss said the focus will not be on physical improvement. “We want to send the message that you can be the size you are and still be lovable,” he said. “We aren’t going to thin these girls down so they can find love — that’s a backwards message.”
But Fleiss has left open the possibility of twists. “
I don’t know about you, but given the “twists” and the “makeover aspects” and the “new perspective” of scenes in the Jacuzzi, I’m scared. I’d rather watch Jessica Biffi on Project Runway Canada. Let me tell you how refreshing it is to see a genuinely plus-sized girl on reality television. It is SO GREAT. (Here is the first episode, and you can see Jessica at 2:17.)
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