By Tom Gliatto Cynthia Wang
August 03, 2009 12:00 PM


FOX, July 28, 9 p.m. ET/PT |


Essentially a heavyset Bachelor, Love sets up Luke Conley, a 330-lb. self-described “man of stature,” in a mansion of plus-size women. The premiere commendably allows him and the ladies their dignity, and model Emme hosts in a gown of black folds that gives her the solemnity of a goddess. While Conley has the bearing of a local politician with a happy heart and honest ambition, the women are tearfully grateful for the show and tearfully hurt by how love has neglected them. After an hour, the emphasis on weight can feel monotonous—this one point of mutuality may not be enough dramatically. Otherwise, Love could be a matchup of, say, the clinically underweight or the phobic. But the show has a huge heart, and that’s something.