Fat March

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9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6
ABC


It uses the same formula as other reality shows, but ABC's new series "Fat March" is just a little more painful to watch. It's absolutely strenuous, even for those of us sitting in our living rooms watching this competition between obese Americans who walk across several states in order to lose weight and win big bucks. But it's mesmerizing, to say the least.

The journey begins when 12 overweight people set off from the starting line of the Boston Marathon and walk to Washington. The trek is 570 miles, and the stretch seems grueling. But the prize is something else: not only the chance to lose weight (for those who like doing that on television) but also the opportunity for compete for a prize pool of $1.2 million.

The photo ops are indescribable, of course. With the camera following their every move (or every edited move), these contestants compete in a series of strenuous activities that make you want to run to the kitchen and eat. "Fat March," great title and all, uses the great outdoors as a test of wills. The editing is fun, the pace exciting.

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