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Jezebel Starts Petition to Save 'Huge'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2010 6:25AM

'Huge'A week or so ago we had the creator of 'Lone Star' begging viewers to help save his show. Now, one day after ABC Family announced it was canceling summer series 'Huge,' women's website Jezebel.com has launched an online petition to save it.

In the petition, Dodai Stewart maintains that 'Huge' is worth saving because there are too few overweight characters in scripted TV shows, and that when fat characters do exist, they are typically treated as a punchline. Stewart argues that 'Huge' was significant because "although the show was about teenagers at a weight-loss camp, weight loss was actually just a fraction of the issues the kids (and adults) were dealing with. The characters juggled dilemmas ... In other words, it reminded us that fat people are people. Humans."

Although hopes were high for the series -- described as 'Glee' meets 'Ugly Betty' -- when it first launched, ABC Family canceled 'Huge' after one season due to steadily declining ratings.

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ABC Family Cancels 'Huge'

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 4th 2010 5:40PM
'Huge'Add another show to the casualty pile: ABC Family has decided not to renew its summer series 'Huge,' Deadline reports.

The show, which starred Nikki Blonsky and Haley Hasselhoff as two overweight teens at fat camp -- ahem, weight-loss camp -- touched on the very complex issues surrounding the topic of weight in a refreshingly honest, sensitive and candid manner. But apparently that wasn't enough -- ratings steadily declined, and the network decided to cancel the show.

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Is 'Huge' Falling Into the Fat Trap?

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Aug 16th 2010 8:00PM
ABC FamilyIf you have read any of the seminal books on television studies (yes, there is such a thing), you've probably fallen asleep a few times and woken up in the middle of a chapter about representation.

You see, for the longest time, TV scholars loved to complain about how few women and minorities were on TV compared to their corresponding numbers in actual society.

Well, their pontificating paid off... or, at least bored TV producers into submission, and now we have women and minorities all over the televisual landscape. There are even female doctors, if you can believe such ludicrous things!

I make this point not to simply drop some knowledge, but to raise some awareness, as well. While women and minorities have made great strides, there is another cross-section of our culture left in the margins of television: fatties.

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Overweight People Rejoice! 'Huge' Is Honest and Funny

by Piet Levy, posted Jun 29th 2010 11:00AM

A comedy about weight camp? Oh boy, that could be a big problem (yes, painfully obvious pun intended.)

Hollywood, that skinny-means-everything fantasyland, isn't historically sensitive when it comes to portraying heavy people. Remember the hypocrisy of 'The Nutty Professor' remake, where the audience was encouraged to laugh at Professor Klump's girth and then encouraged to hate characters that laughed at him? Then there's 'The Simpsons,' a by-most-accounts genius show that's nevertheless cynical and cheap when it comes to jokes about Springfield's obese. Even 'The Biggest Loser' often reduces contestants into tragic pity parties where happiness is simply a matter of shedding pounds.

But here comes 'Huge,' ABC Family's stellar new dramedy (Mondays at 9PM ET). It happens to be funny -- but not in a dumb, mean-spirited, "look at the fat guy!" way. It happens to be honest; obesity, as the show candidly demonstrates, isn't a healthy lifestyle. And, most refreshing of all, its happens to be complex, addressing all the insecurities and struggles that come with being overweight.

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A Striptease on 'Huge' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 29th 2010 2:15AM
A Striptease on 'Huge'The new series 'Huge' (Mon., 9PM ET on ABC Family) follows the lives of teens who have been sent away to weight-loss camp. Of course, not everyone is happy about being packed off to "fat camp" -- especially not main character Will (Nikki Blonsky), who is angry at her parents about the whole thing.

[Spoiler alert.]

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Nikki Blonsky and Hayley Hasselhoff On New Weight-Loss Camp Drama 'Huge' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 17th 2010 10:00AM

'Huge'We've seen the "reality" of weight loss on shows like 'The Biggest Loser,' but the real reality is that obesity, eating disorders and body image issues are more common that you probably think, and there's a good chance you or someone you know if affected by them every day.

ABC Family realized this, and now they're in the weight loss TV game with 'Huge,' a quirky drama based on Sasha Paley's book of the same name, helmed by 'My So-Called Life' creator Winnie Holzman and starring Nikki Blonsky and Hayley Hasselhoff (yes, daughter of The Hoff and, ironically, the one who shot the now-infamous hamburger binge video).

We caught up with the ladies to find out what to expect from the show (premieres Mon., June 28, 9PM ET) and to hear more about their characters -- Blonsky as opinionated non-conformist Will, who is the daughter of fitness gurus, and Hasselhoff as social butterfly Amber, who is dying to be thin and fit in.

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Nikki Blonsky to Star in ABC Family's 'Huge'

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 23rd 2010 8:52AM
Nikki BlonskyNikki Blonsky has just caught her big TV break.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 'Hairspray' star will lead the new ABC Family comedy 'Huge,' set around a weight-loss camp. Blonsky will play Will in the series, described as a "funny" and "opinionated overweight girl" whose fit parents send her off to the camp.

Also joining the cast are Hayley Hasselhoff, daughter of 'Baywatch' alum David Hasselhoff, and Zander Eckhouse, who will play a camp member and fitness counselor, respectively.

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