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Joel McHale talks about The IT Crowd and the reality TV fat trend

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 17th 2009 11:03AM
Joel McHale of CommunityWith the much-anticipated premiere of Community finally bowing tonight, I figured it was a good time to pull out the interview I did with Joel McHale when I encountered him at the NBC party during the TCA press tour. I didn't talk to McHale about his current NBC show, however; I talked to him about his previous NBC show.

Fans of the British sitcom The IT Crowd may remember that an American pilot was shot and the show was announced for NBC's midseason schedule a couple of years back, with McHale playing Roy and Richard Ayoade bringing his breakout role of Moss over from the original. Only, the pilot never saw the light of day, and a series was never picked up.

I asked McHale about what caused the show to be dropped and if he has any regrets over the show's flame-out. Then, as a person standing in front of the host of The Soup would tend to do, I asked him about what in the reality TV landscape gets him charged up. Interview is after the jump.

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'More to Love' Winner Is Tali

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 16th 2009 10:00AM
More to Love finaleLuke Conley has selected Tali as the winner of 'More to Love,' Fox's new reality show in which one "average Joe" finds love among 20 plus-sized women.

Taking a page from 'The Bachelor,' Conley proposed to the 26-year-old New Yorker at the end of the episode. She accepted, although it is unclear whether the couple is still together.

Malissa A, also 26, was named runner-up.

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'More to Love' Series Premiere: Inspirational ... Or Offensive?

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 29th 2009 6:30PM
More to LoveBased on last night's 'More to Love' premiere, will Fox actually deliver on its promise of an "inspirational" reality series, in which one average Joe finds love amid 20 "real" (ie, "normal-sized") women?

Fat chance.

The show's alleged purpose is to prove that love is ultimately blind, no matter what shape or size you may come in. But already, weight has become the centerpiece of the show in ways that are offensive even by the standards of Fox, the network behind 'Temptation Island' and 'Mr. Personality.'

Take the interview segments. There, each contestant's age, weight and height are shown at the bottom of the screen, as if to shock viewers into realizing that -- gasp! -- some women really do weigh more than 120 pounds. If there's one instance in which 'More to Love' needs to lose weight, this would be it.

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DVR Divas Podcast - Episode 16

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 27th 2009 5:00PM
AOL TV editors Katy Kroll and Sandy Deane debate whether 'Dating in the Dark' is a good idea and if 'More to Love' will be a fair depiction of the plus-size dating world.

Plus, we pick apart Katie Holmes' performance on 'So You Think You Can Dance,' Jay Leno's ads for his new show and Daisy de la Hoya's choice for a beau on 'Daisy of Love.'

Listen now!

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2009 Summer New TV Show Season Premieres

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 21st 2009 5:00PM
HawthorneThe heat of summer is matched only by the hot new TV shows we'll be seeing this season.

We've got the scoop on the return of familiar faces ('Nurse Jackie''s Edie Falco), the next cable hits ('Hawthorne'; 'Hung'), the new reality shows ('The Bachelorette'; 'Kendra') and more that will have everyone talking.

See all of this year's new shows in our 2009 Summer TV gallery.

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Do you want to watch fat people dating?

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 30th 2009 11:02AM
FoxFox seems to think so. It has struck a deal with Mike Fleiss, the producer of The Bachelor, to produce a new dating show in which everyone will be more "average" looking. The show will be called More To Love.

They claim it's an attempt to break the industry assumption that viewers only want to watch highly attractive people. It seems more like another attempt by reality television to use a certain type of people in exchange for some air time on a major network. But that's just me.

My big concern is that Fox is essentially taking advantage of the obesity problem in the United States. While I like the concept behind such shows as The Biggest Loser, this has the potential of being a case of freaks on display. On the other hand, if the people behave normally, it could give a good message to the public that being overweight, while not healthy, does not automatically make a person unattractive.

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