"Shedding for the Wedding," which premieres Wednesday on CW, or "the CW" as it wants to be called but which always seems silly to write, combines the popular weight-loss competition reality genre with the popular planning-for-the-nuptials reality genre — a chocolate-meets-peanut-butter moment that seems both brilliantly inevitable and somewhat recycled. Although I don't have the evidence at hand, surely these topics have met somewhere before, even if just for the space of an episode of "The Jenny Jones Show" or "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
You know the drill, or should by now. There is almost nothing here that could not be anticipated from the premise. You might as easily, even more profitably, imagine the show as to watch it. But for you who would rather not put in the work, here's what you'll get.
Nine seriously overweight couples compete for a dream wedding, picking up related odds and ends along the way — a gown, a cake, flowers. (You do not have to win the big prize, which you get for losing weight, to win the smaller ones, which you get for things like keeping your heart rate up or carrying a four-tiered cake over an obstacle course.) For narrative color, the couples –- bunked together in the customary big house — are identified according to shared interests and the related theme they wish their wedding to take: "Team Eco-Lovers" would like some moss in their nuptials; "Team Gamers" met online playing "Final Fantasy XI" and grew fat playing it together, "Team Greek Week," who met at a frat party, want a beer pong table at their reception, "but we want it monogrammed, 'cause that keeps it a little classy."