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'More to Love' is more like you and me

THE SHOW "More to Love"

WHEN | WHERE Tuesday night at 9 on Fox/5

REASON TO WATCH Semi-controversial riff on the reality bachelor-game format, with large women this time.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT Easy! "The Plus-Size Bachelor." Really. It's virtually identical with one key difference. The bachelor's a big guy, and the 20 suitors he must choose from are pleasantly plump, too. To call them "fat" or "obese" is wrong, though the term "zaftig" seems adequate.

They are well-rounded, with ample proportions, or generously contoured, if you prefer. In fact, they pretty much look like average people, which is why this show also borrows from NBC's old "Average Joe" in which plain Joes competed for the amorous attention of a beauty queen.

THE CONTESTANTS Luke Conley, 26, who, at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, looks sort of like the college lineman he used to be, must choose among 20 ladies, including Amanda, Shari, Tali, Kristian, Lauren and Anna. All say they've been unlucky in love - few dates, lots of rejection and constant self-appraisal. Here's their chance of a lifetime. Most cry during their introductions (and the tears don't look fake). Danielle seems to speak for most of 'em when she says she "wants someone who loves me for me, not how I look." (The host is plus-size model Emme.)

BOTTOM LINE Honestly, the only controversy here is the controversy of ripping oneself off. Why haven't the legal beagles from Disney issued a cease-and-desist order? This show isn't like "The Bachelor." This show is "The Bachelor." (Its producer is Mike Fleiss, who also does "The Bachelor"/"Bachelorette.")

But here's the kicker: It's better than "The Bachelor." There's an added dimension of reality and of simple, relatable human emotion. In a way, this is "The Bachelor" for the rest of us. The downside is that the rejection element on "The Bachelor" is ho-hum. Those babes will get instant dates when they leave the cellophane-wrapped mansion. On "More to Love," it's a little cruel. These babes might not.


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