"Huge" marks advance for fat acceptance in Hollywood
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If there is one thing that fat people hate seeing on television, it's shows where large people get screamed at to lose weight.
Another is the predominance of waif-like actresses in a nation where some two-thirds of U.S. adults are considered overweight.
"Huge", a new drama series about a group of teens sent to a fat camp, suggests that the "fat acceptance" movement may finally be making some headway in Hollywood.
After years of reality weight-loss and diet shows like "The Biggest Loser", "Dance Your Ass Off" and "Celebrity Fit Club," the first episode of "Huge" on cable channel ABC Family this week featured a rare scene on scripted U.S. television.
"A screen full of actors with rolls of fat who aren't there to be frowned-upon as freaks," said Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker, describing the new show as taking a tricky premise and turning it into a clever, well-written hour of TV.
Later this year a new romantic comedy series "Mike & Molly", about two people who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, will debut on CBS.
"Huge" features seven male and female teens and their emotional journeys at the fictional weight loss Camp Victory.
"Hairspray" actress Nikki Blonsky -- whose swimsuit-clad curves promote the show on billboards around Los Angeles -- leads a largely unknown plus-size cast. Continued...