Fox is trying to alter the reality TV mode somewhat tonight with the debut of "More To Love" at 9 p.m.
It's essentially "The Bachelor," except that it involves plus-sized "regular" people rather than the Ken and Barbie dolls who comprise the ABC reality show.
I'm a bit torn by the concept, to be honest. On the one hand, I think it's great that people who don't look like runway models get their shot on TV. One looks at the men and women of "The Bachelor" and can't help but wonder how these people can't seem to get dates.
On the other hand, "More To Love" could border on the exploitive, if not treated right. One of my biggest complaints about "The Biggest Loser" -- starting with the name -- is that it seems less interested in helping people to healthier bodies than it is trying to amp up the drama.
On that series, there are "Survivor"-style alliances and tests where the contestants are deliberately tempted with various sweets to increase the dramatic tension. I find that to be extremely distasteful.
That's not to accuse "More To Love" of the same thing. It could devolve into that, but hopefully, it will treat its contestants with more respect.
TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: One of TV's very best reality shows is "Dragon's Den," (BBC America, 9 p.m.), which kicks off a new season tonight. Unlike most reality shows, it doesn't pander to an audience, it doesn't go for flash. It's simply regular people with interesting ideas seeking funding. The Dragons -- five UK millionaires -- decide whether they will fund the idea.
I bring this up because ABC is about to launch "Shark Tank," which is exactly the same concept, except they've got five millionaires trying to do their best Donald Trump imitations. Do yourself a favor and stick with "Dragon's Den," which really is a lot of fun.
ABC delivers a couple of new "Better Off Teds" tonight at 9 p.m., followed by a "Bachelorette" wrap-up special at 10 p.m.
Tommy and the gang are beset by a different kind of women trouble on "Rescue Me," (FX, 10 p.m.) This is one of the funniest installments of a great season, including a great showdown between Janet and Sheila.
TNT has new episodes of "Saving Grace" at 9 p.m., followed by "HawthoRNe" at 10 p.m.
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