Lisa de Moraes: TV Column: Fox Dating Show Courts Overweight Women

Slim "Bachelor" Jason Mesnick wouldn't be welcome on "More to Love." (By Kevin Casey -- Abc)
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By Lisa de Moraes
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fat chicks have needs, too; Fox wants to be there for them.

Starting later this year, you will no longer have to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy the sight of overweight couples dating at the multiplex.

Fox -- the network of "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire," "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" and "The Littlest Groom" -- returns to the dating-competition scene with "More to Love," in which a group of "curvy women" are afforded the same opportunity to humiliate themselves over one guy, "Bachelor"-style.

Ugly girls -- you're on your own. Fox isn't stupid.

Fox says it is looking to cast the show with "eligible plus-sized women." Also known as "viewers," as in: "Why don't real women -- women who watch these shows for the most part -- have a chance to find love, too?" which is what Fox reality guru Mike Darnell faux-asked the trade publications when the network gave them the jump on the announcement.

And the bachelor, whom all the contestants will aspire to land, will also have "a big waist and an even bigger heart."

Fox's news release actually set a world record for Most Ways to Not Say "Fat" in Five Paragraphs, also using "full-figured" and "husky hunk."

The show is being produced by Mike Fleiss, the guy behind ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" and the infamous Fox dating-for-TV reality series that started it all, "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire," which foisted Darva Conger and Rick Rockwell on an unsuspecting public. "Multi-Millionaire" also gave Fox network the first of its many reality-series headaches, when word got out that a California judge had issued a restraining order against Rockwell years earlier for allegedly assaulting his ex-fiancee.

Fox and Fleiss haven't dared work together again -- until "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," Darnell told the trades.

Which -- hello -- is kinda the point. Same reason we like our movie stars pretty. Except Jack Black. There's no explaining him. Or Seth Rogen.

Darnell begs to differ, insisting that the larger competitors make it "instantly relatable to the vast majority of people in the dating pool."

"This is a dating show that sends the right message about embracing and loving yourself no matter your shape or size," proclaimed Fleiss, the exec-producer of ABC's who-can-forget "Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People," in which skinny-minis and good-looking bachelors underwent the scrutiny of three celebrity judges, including Lorenzo Lamas, who used a laser pointer to zero in on contestants' physical imperfections.

Warming up to his cliche, Fleiss added that "when you are comfortable with your own body, you can really allow yourself to be open to the possibility of finding the right person to love."

On national TV.

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