A potentially interesting new show is premiering tonight on the ABC Family network.
According to the promo material, Wil enters Camp Victory resolved to gain whatever weight her parents hope her to lose because, as she informs head mistress Dr. Rand ( Gina Torres), she is “down with my fat … my fat and I are BFFs.”
…her…and her fat…are BFFs…..
…me…and my eyes…rolled…and dismissed this show as one of those olde fashioned movies of the week where the moral of the story is that everybody is perfect in their own unique and special way and…blech.
But then, I read that the show was developed by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). And as much as teenage girl angst tv shows have never been my particular cup of tea, I remember that My So-Called Life was admired by critics & fans alike during it’s run in the 90s.
So, I read a few more reviews.
According to the LA Times:
“Huge” creators Savannah Dooley and Winnie Holzman ( “My So-Called Life”) do not judge fat kids, but neither do they over-sentimentalize them. A panoply of personalities comes together at Camp Victory, proving that fat is only a physical description, and the writers take their time establishing character and story.
Will comes out of the box with standard-issue defiance, but eventually she emerges as neither rebel nor its typical antithesis, defensive victim. She and all the other characters are somewhere in between, actual people, girls and boys, who, for a variety of reasons, have developed a pattern of self-soothing and self-delusion that has pushed them into obesity.
If nothing else, “Huge” proves that big kids — the ones normally relegated to third banana in a teen or tween comedy — can act. The performances range from solid to downright inspired, and Blonsky has no trouble carrying early episodes.
The New York Times said:
Purely as a visual, “Huge” is remarkable for its presentation of a cast of teenagers, none of whom are skinny or conventionally beautiful, and for the deftly detailed rendering of the ritual humiliations of imposed weight loss. But in truth the series can go only so far because a real sanctioning of teenage obesity would feel like a renewed condoning of the subprime mortgage market. Will is by no means a happy girl; she longs for parental approval, and implicitly we understand that if she had it, she wouldn’t be fighting the world one pint of ice cream at a time. Ultimately the message that only the discontented plunge their spoons ever deeper into the sundae remains intact.
Now I’m conflicted.
- I still don’t like teenage girl angst tv shows, but
- I am intrigued by a show about childhood obesity that goes beyond “eat less & move more”
So, I guess I will be watching tonight.
Review to follow.