More To Love, the FOX reality dating show featuring 20 plus-size women competing for the love of a plus-size bachelor, premieres tonight and critics can't decide whether it's progressive or exploitative, or even whether the contestants are pretty or pathetic.
More To Love, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m./8 Central, was created by Mike Fleiss, the producer behind many of the most popular dating reality shows including The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, The Cougar, and Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire. The new show doesn't deviate much from his usual formula, except that this time all the contestants are between 180 and 280 pounds and bachelor Luke Conley, a 330-pound, 26-year-old real estate investor, gives each of the women a diamond promise ring (symbolizing his vow to get to know them) at the beginning of the show that they must return when they're eliminated.
As we've already mentioned there are pros and cons to More To Love. Some critics say it's the most authentic of the Bachelor-type shows because the contestants are actually there to find love (the reasoning being, heavier women obviously can't find love under normal circumstances, and they're too unattractive to be trying to launch a reality TV career). This, of course, leads to tears, which makes the women more relatable to some reviewers, while others find them too pathetic to watch. One critic even complains that many of the women seem ashamed and don't love their bodies, which isn't so shocking considering that people they've never met are writing headlines today with puns about their weight and considering whether they are too fat for love. Below, we check out (but certainly don't weigh) what the critics are saying about More To Love: