ABC gets Shark Tank; Fox plans More to Love fat dating show; RuPaul renewed; Chopping Block gone

Networks have made several announcements recently about new and returning reality shows:

  • Fox is returning to the dating reality show genre, but as always with Fox dating show, there’s a twist. The network that previous brought us dating little people and even ski mask-wearing daters will air More to Love, on which “a single average guy with a big waist and an even bigger heart … romances several confident and secure plus-size women,” the network said.

    Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss is producing and said in a press release that it’s “a dating show that sends the right message about embracing and loving yourself no matter your shape or size. When you are comfortable with your own body, you can really allow yourself to be open to the possibility of finding the right person to love.”

  • Shark Tank, Mark Burnett’s version of the UK series Dragon’s Den, has been bought by ABC, and its dragons–er, sharks–will include Barbara Corcoran, Kevin Harrington, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary.

    There’s good news for fans of the original: The Hollywood Reporter says that while ABC “initially tried to make the show feel like a larger event, shooting a pilot in a huge auditorium and placing the investors behind an intimidating desk, among other tweaks,” they learned “most of the changes distracted from what worked so well about the original: the interpersonal tension between ambitious entrepreneurs struggling to convince five strangers to part with their money.” Duh.

  • Logo has picked up a second season of its bright, blurry, campy reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, TV Week says.
  • NBC’s The Chopping Block, the nearly conflict-free restaurant war competition, has been pulled off the air because of its dismal, fourth-place ratings, but NBC will probably burn off its remaining episodes sometime and somewhere in the future, according to The Futon Critic.
Larger-Than-Life Single Man Looks for “More to Love”… [Fox press release]
ABC, Mark Burnett team for new series [Hollywood Reporter]
Logo Renews ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ [TV Week]
NBC Chops “Block” After Three Weeks [The Futon Critic]

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Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.