I watched the pilot of "Mike & Molly" (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) but didn't stick with it.
Why? Because I found the writing too paint-by-the-numbers.
It didn't have anything to do with the cast or the subject matter however, which revolves an overweight cop (Billy Gardell) who meets a woman (Melissa McCarthy) at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.
I actually applauded CBS for taking the risk of building a show around two lead characters who look like regular people rather a cast of Barbies and Kens. So did a lot of other critics.
And apparently a lot of fans as well -- it's the top-rated new comedy of the season.
However, one critic finds putting two overweight people on TV objectionable.
Last week, Marie Claire blogger Maura Kelly wrote a post entitled "Should Fatties Get A Room?" in which she went into great detail about how she found it objectionable watching two "fat people" get it on. And it wasn't just the characters' making out.
Part of what she wrote included: "I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room..."
I don't know if it was the general meanness of the posting, or the fact that I'm larger than I want to be myself, but I found the whole post to be incredibly rude and insulting -- not just to the show (and the actors), but for the millions of Americans who struggle with weight issues.
More than 3,000 people have commented on the blog, with the results overwhelmingly against Kelly, who -- judging by her other posts -- seems to be rather insipid in general.
Kelly did update the post with an apology, which read in part: "I would really like to apologize for the insensitive things I've said in this post. Believe it or not, I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this, and I sorely regret that it upset people so much. A lot of what I said was unnecessary. It wasn't productive, either."
She also said she's struggled with anorexia in the past. (Hopefully, people were more sensitive to her than she was to overweight people).
I'm sure there are plenty of good looking people on these shows like "Jersey Shore" and "The Hills," but that doesn't make those shows or those people particularly eating.
Also, it's not as if "Mike & Molly" is about two people stuffing their faces -- the show is actually about them wanting to lose weight and the difficulties they face.
It's bad enough that TV execs keep trying to market everything to 18-30 year old people, emphasizing negative views of body image -- that the only way to get through life is to be thin and perfect.
I don't have a problem with people encouraging a more healthy lifestyle; they just don't have to be bullies to do it.
If you want to read the complete blog post, you can click here: http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/dating-blog/overweight-couples-on-television
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: "Mike & Molly" finish up a whole night of new sitcom episodes on CBS, followed by a new "Hawaii Five-0" at 10 p.m. I'm digging "Five-0," but it's only coincidental that the cast is really good-looking.
It's Chuck vs. James Bond! Well, sort of. "Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.) includes guest star Timothy Dalton in the show's latest bit of inspired stunt casting. It's followed by the "Saturday Live Special" focusing on its funny comediennes over the years.
ABC has "Dancing With The Stars," followed by "Castle" at 10 p.m. The CW is back with new episodes of "One Tree Hill" and "Gossip Girl" from 8-10 p.m.
On cable, there are new episodes of "Weeds" and "The Big C" on Showtime at 10 p.m.
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