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ABC Sees Success in the 'Super Obese'

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Just hours after Fox released its summer 2011 schedule, ABC announced a weighty summer programming move of its own.

The Disney-owned network will premiere Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on Monday, May 30. The series follows eight “super obese” participants, each of whom will attempt to transform his or her life by losing weight. The participants will be featured in eight stand-alone episodes of the series, which will be presented more like a docu-soap, rather than a competition.

According to ABC’s release, the term “super obese” refers to people who are 200 pounds or more overweight.

The new Extreme Makeover show will follow the latest cycle of The Bachelorette, which premieres on May 23. All told, 22 cycles of The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise have been produced so far.