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    "The Littlest Groom" - Fox, 02/16 (2 episode special)

    Fox's 'Groom' heightens reality dating

    Humorous take on date skeins spotlights little people

    By JOSEF ADALIAN

    Fox and LMNO Prods. are looking to have a tiny bit of fun with relationship-based reality show genre.

    Net has wrapped principal photography on a two-episode unscripted miniseries dubbed "The Littlest Groom," a "Bachelor"-like skein in which a four-foot-five single guy named Glen will attempt to find reality show love by dating a dozen different little women. Skein will feature all of the usual dating show conventions, from group dates to group gropes in the hot tub.

    There's just one tiny twist: At a certain point, bachelor Glen, 23, will have to decide between dating women his own size or women of average height.

    Fox reality czar Mike Darnell said LMNO topper Eric Schotz had the big idea to do a dating show with little people.

    Not a parody

    "It's not a parody, but it is a humorous take on the romance shows that have been on the last couple of years," Darnell said. "I was already doing 'My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance,' so it seemed like this might be a fun little stunt."

    Indeed, "The Littlest Groom" will serve as a lead-in for the final two episodes of "Fiance." "Groom" bows Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. and wraps its short run Feb. 23, the same night "Fiance" airs its finale.

    Schotz said "Groom" is clearly a reaction to the myriad skeins spawned by "The Bachelor."

    "When we looked at all the shows in this genre, they all looked and felt the same," he said. "We thought it'd be fun to do this with a diverse group of people."

    Schotz said "Groom" doesn't "deal with the height issues. It's a straight-up relationship show that's unbelievably compelling because it has such great casting."

    Darnell said "Groom" will "play as a romance but also plays very funny. What makes it funny is that it's unusual."

    While the concept of "Groom" will no doubt attract much media attention, Fox and LMNO execs said they took great pains to avoid producing a show that might be offensive to the community of little people. Schotz said he and his staff had talks with the Little People of America (LPA) about avoiding stereotypes or situations distasteful to the community of little people.

    "There's a great sense of humor in the program, but we never do it at the expense of the little people," Schotz said. "We worked with the LPA and did a lot of homework about what's appropriate and what's not. They were very instrumental in helping us out."

    Darnell quipped that he's almost qualified to serve as a rep for the interests of little people: Exec stands 5 feet tall. The LPA defines little people as adults of 4'10".

    Short duration

    While most dating reality shows play out over six to eight weeks, Darnell said the two-hour arc worked best for "Groom."

    "People are so used to this form, they know when everything's coming," he said. "Because this is a take on other shows, (a compressed timeframe) would be a great way to do it."

    Nonetheless, Schotz said viewers can expect "all the elements you experience in the arcs of these kinds of programs. It's not empty calories; you feel very satisfied watching this."

    Darnell said "Groom" has been in the talking stages since September. Production began just a few weeks ago, however, giving WMA-repped LMNO a short turnaround time between taping and premiere.

    LMNO is a major supplier of Fox's February stunts. Shingle is producing "Man vs. Beast 2" and "That's Just Wrong" for the net's sweeps sked (Daily Variety, Jan. 20.)

    Schotz and Bill Paolantonio are exec producing "Groom," with Tracy Green serving as co-executive producer and Scott Messick directing.

    Little people are becoming big in reality TV as of late. NBC and Mark Cronin's Mindless Entertainment are currently developing a pilot for "Life Is Too Short," a half-hour reality comedy starring two-foot-eight thesp Verne Troyer ("Austin Powers") and his surrogate family (Daily Variety, Dec. 12.)

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    How much lower can FOX go??
    " I look like Nigella Lawson with a $#*!ing hangover."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texicana
    How much lower can FOX go??
    lol, no pun intended, right?




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    None! Really, it wasn't intentional...but now I see how bad I phrased it
    " I look like Nigella Lawson with a $#*!ing hangover."

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    They sure seem to like the word "skein".
    "I'm telling you - it's a madhouse out there. I feel like Charlton Heston waking up in the field and seeing the chimp on top of the pony." ~ Dennis Miller

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    Yeah, that's from Daily Variety, and they use that kind of language all the time, which makes it hard to understand sometimes.

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    The official FOX press release, with a lot fewer uses of the word "skein":

    DOES SIZE REALLY MATTER WHEN IT COMES TO TRUE LOVE? "THE LITTLEST GROOM" PREMIERES MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16 ON FOX

    Little People Searching For Big Love Two-Part Special to Air Over Two-Nights on Monday, February 16 and Monday, February 23


    Should your height determine whom you find attractive? Of course not! THE LITTLEST GROOM will venture where no other show has gone by helping a young man who is 4'5" tall to find true love. Initially believing he will choose among women of similar stature to his own, he later discovers, in a surprising twist, that some average-sized women will enter the picture. Will his ideal mate be a little person, or will she be of average height? Find out when THE LITTLEST GROOM, hosted by Dani Behr ("Boy Meets Boy"), airs in two parts on Monday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Monday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

    During the first hour on Monday, Feb. 16, THE LITTLEST GROOM follows Glen, a 23-year-old salesman and little person who is searching for true love. Glen will be introduced to a group of 12 women all of them little people like himself to begin his search for that special someone. In one-on-one dates and group activities, our bachelor will get to know his potential partners and narrow down his choices to those with whom he feels the strongest connection. But after some of the women are eliminated, Glen's decision will suddenly become more complicated when his dating pool is expanded to include women of average height!

    During the final hour on Monday, Feb. 23, Glen will select two women who will compete to win his heart. Ultimately, he will have to make a final decision, choosing the one woman with whom he is truly compatible. Will Glen decide that "good things come in small packages"? or that "opposites attract"?

    THE LITTLEST BACHELOR is a LMNO Production. Eric Schotz and Bill Paolantonio serve as executive producers. Tracy Green serves as co-executive producer with Scott Messick directing.

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    Whatever it takes for the ratings to boost...

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    I just saw this on the Ryan Seacrest show. It looks pretty funny, I will be laughing the whole time while watching it. The way they put it, it seemed like it is an Average Joe idea with the twist of the taller woman coming in.

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