Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A dating show for 'regular" folks?

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that there's a new kind of reality dating show in the offing at Fox. Apparently, producer Mike Fleiss, the guru behind The Bachelor, is working on a similarly formatted show called "More to Love," which will feature a bevy of "real" women (i.e. NOT a size 2!) chasing after the heart of a regular-Joe, schlubby guy in the Kevin James mold. 


"We want to send the message that you can be the size you are and still be lovable," Fleiss said. "We aren't going to thin these girls down so they can find love -- that's a backwards message." 

Hmmm ... this could be must-watch TV, in the vein of The Biggest Loser (which features a cast of real people battling real-life issues) or it could be train wreck.  After all, Fleiss is the guy responsible for the odious 2000 special Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? And, don't if you've noticed, but The Bachelor hasn't exactly had a stellar track record for helping contestants find lasting love.  

Still, it's definitely a step in the right direction! And who knows?: Casting real people may yield real results! 

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