For The Plain & The Portly…

- By Bossip Staff

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Given that the U.S. is one of the few nations where obesity has run rampant, it was only a matter of time that a reality show capitalized on the unfortunate phenomenon:

Fox is teaming with “The Bachelor” producer Mike Fleiss for a new dating-competition series that casts “average-looking” people. The series, titled “More to Love,” is billed as the first “dating show for the rest of us,” throwing open its doors to overweight contestants.

“For six years it’s been skinny-minis and good-looking bachelors, and that’s not what the dating world looks like,” Fox president of alternative Mike Darnell said. “Why don’t real women — the women who watch these shows, for the most part — have a chance to find love too?”

The project has a similar format to “The Bachelor,” where a group of woman compete for one man (producers describe him as a “Kevin James-type”). It marks the first time Darnell and Fleiss have teamed for a series in about nine years. The duo’s previous dating show was the controversial, groundbreaking 2000 special “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?” which set the format template for ABC’s “Bachelor” and a legion of imitators.

“More to Love” was inspired by the recent ratings success of “Bachelor” and the popularity of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” which Darnell credits with shattering an industry assumption that TV viewers only wanted to watch highly attractive people.

As long as “real men and women” doesn’t translate into “real ugly,” we’ll be cool. Average folks need love too, and we’re sure Fox will do their very best to exploit every last bit of humor from their quest to find the perfect mate. SMH.

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