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Reality Shows About the Bailout and Plus-Sized Dating? Yup

Two stories about new reality shows are making the rounds today, and I'm not sure which one is making me cringe more. One is an interesting idea in concept but I imagine it'll be cringeworthy in execution, while the other is just a little odd for these times. The deets:

  • Over on Fox, we have More to Love, a dating show about "a single average guy with a big waist and an even bigger heart" seeking the full-figured lady of his dreams. On the one hand, the press release uses all the right words, like "inspirational" and "confident" and "embracing and loving yourself no matter your shape or size." On the other, it describes the leading man as a "husky hunk" and makes comments about what happens as the competition "narrows" (yuk, yuk). Fox's reality guru says this show will send all the right messages about finding love at any size, but from the network that brought us Temptation Island and Married by America, I'm just not so sure.
  • Then, on ABC, there's this show called Shark Tank, an adaptation of a UK show called Dragon's Den in which struggling entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a room full of multimillionaire tycoons in the hopes of getting a bailout. Described as focusing on "the drama of pitch meetings," the show is meant to resonate with viewers given the current economy ("People are looking to be entrepreneurs to get ahead, yet there's no way anybody can go into a bank right now and get a loan. For these entrepreneurs, these sharks are their last stop"). But do we want to watch rich people doling out money to people who aren't us right now? Once again, I'm not sold.

Am I being too harsh? Or do both of these shows sound like trainwrecks to you, too? Tell me in the comments!

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