July 19, 2009
When I take the time to watch TV, I do love me a reality show. So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and Top Chef are my favorites. Top Chef is a Bravo show, but the other two are Fox productions. I’m really curious about how the public is going to react to Fox’s newest show, which premiers Tuesday, July 28. It’s called “More to Love”, and I’m just wondering if this show already rubs anyone else the wrong way, as it does me. I’ve only seen the promos, but it screams exploitation to me.
Here’s what Fox’s web site has to say about “More to Love”:
MORE TO LOVE, the new dating competition show from Mike Fleiss (“The Bachelor”), follows one regular guy’s search for love among a group of real women determined to prove that love comes in all shapes and sizes. The inspirational new series is hosted by iconic supermodel Emme.
Luke Conley is a 26-year-old former college football offensive lineman who stands 6’3″ and weighs over 300 pounds. He’s a successful sub-contractor and real estate investor who has his sights set on building a long-lasting relationship. Luke’s ideal woman is intelligent, passionate, down-to-earth, full-figured and comfortable in her own skin.
This eligible guy will have the chance to find the woman of his dreams when 20 voluptuous ladies vie for his heart. These unique women have careers ranging from waitress to teacher to lawyer to rocket scientist, but they all have one thing in common: They are also looking for love.
This brawny prince is searching for one curvy Cinderella to take on the romantic adventure of a lifetime. Throughout the course of his journey, Luke will wine and dine these women during romantic outings, where some will experience their first real dates. As Luke narrows the competition each week through emotional elimination ceremonies, he will be one step closer to finding the woman who is his perfect fit.
Fox uses nice words like unique, real women, curvy, voluptuous, and full-figured but to me the promos suggest that the focus of the show is going to be on the contestants being overweight. That just makes me uncomfortable, and the show hasn’t even aired yet. I guess I’m afraid these ladies are going to be ridiculed or mocked in some way because they’re not a size 2, which is what the ads say is the average size for other show contestants.
Fox calls this show inspirational. What do you think? Does it sound inspirational to you? Am I overreacting? Is it only fair that there is a show devoted exclusively to voluptuous ladies? Or do the ads make you cringe too?