The formula: “Mad About You” meets “The Biggest Loser”
The plot: A romantic comedy about a couple that meets at a support group for overeating.
The brand names: Co-creator Chuck Lorre can do no wrong for CBS lately with hits like “Two and a Half Men” and “Big Bang Theory” under his belt.
Off screen: Media buyers say they wonder how advertisers will respond to overweight lead actors. Sitcoms like “Roseanne” may have featured heavy stars but didn’t center around weight.
The buzz: Mr. Lorre’s cred with CBS comedies could catapult this sitcom pilot to a sensation.
There’s also a discussion going on about this at Entertainment Weekly’s website:
Two people who meet at a weight loss support group…” yea there’s no way this will be a series of half-hour fat jokes.
Other people are optimistic because it stars Billy Gardell (who I’ve never heard of). I guess we’ll see… I’m not optimistic, but at least it isn’t going to star Jenna Elfman in a fat suit. Or… is it?
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