This just in … according to a slew of news reports, Fox is currently developing a dating-reality show that casts “average-looking” people. Inspired by the high ratings received by The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser, the new show – ingeniously dubbed More to Love – will be a “dating show for the rest of us” with so-called overweight females vying for a chance to date and/or marry an overweight male, described by producers as a “Kevin James-type.”
“For six years, it’s been skinny-minis and good-looking bachelors and that’s not what the dating world looks like,” says Mike Darnell of Fox. “This is so simple and so obvious, yet it has never been done before.”
While part of me celebrates the idea of a reality dating show that features normal-looking people (who isn’t sick to death of size 0 women with bleached-out teeth, over-highlighted hair and breasts the size of an 8-year-old’s head?), another part of me realizes that Fox’s new show is probably not so much about evening the playing field or raising awareness about women’s body image issues as it is coming up with a fun new freak fest.
Considering their track record and penchant for extremes (anybody remember The Littlest Groom?), I’m thinking More to Love is probably just the first in a series of new “ugly duckling” dating shows. What’s next? Legally Blind Date: a reality dating show for people with vision problems? I Only Have Psoriasis For You: a relationship show for singles with skin conditions? As always, the possibilities – and opportunities for shameless exploitation — are endless.