TLC has ordered the new reality series “Fat Chance,” on which eight individuals attempt to lose large amounts of weight, gain confidence and find love.
Each week, the show will explore one person’s three-month journey to lose a targeted amount of weight and unearth the conviction to finally confess hidden feelings to a special someone they’ve never had the courage to approach.
“With the help of a professional trainer, they will confront the scale — and some emotional roadblocks — while they learn to love themselves again and find the courage to put their hearts on the line for a chance at love,” TLC told TheWrap.
“Fat Chance,” produced for TLC by 3 Ball Entertainment, premieres Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 p.m. ET. TheWrap also has an exclusive trailer, which is posted above.
Here are this season’s cast members:
Growing up as a gay man in rural Oklahoma, Brian was never able to be his true self. After almost 40 years of being overweight, he’s reached his heaviest, tipping the scales at 280 pounds. Sick of being depressed and unhealthy, Brian works to lose 100 pounds, hoping to build the confidence to ask out his secret crush, Mike.
At 212 pounds, 27-year-old Cheyanne fears she’ll never have the guts to approach her teenage crush, Reagan. She has decided to do everything she can to lose 60 pounds and become the woman she knows she can be in order to get the man she wants. Along her journey, things take a turn when she realizes she doesn’t have to settle for an old crush.
Juggling life in the courtroom and at home has taken a toll on Daniel, who weighs over 300 pounds. As a single father with little free time, Daniel’s lifelong fight with his weight has him against the ropes. Daniel hopes to lose 84 pounds and gain the confidence to ask out his childhood crush, Christina.
Derik’s weight is keeping him from living up to the expectations he has for himself. He also blames his lack of professional and romantic success on his 324-pound frame. Derik hopes that losing 80 pounds will give him the confidence to pursue both the career and the woman, his longtime co-worker, he desires.
Lucy, a credit-card processor, stands 5 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. Tired of living her life in a depressed state, Lucy’s goal is to lose 50 pounds before finally approaching her client, Kevin, to tell him how she truly feels.
Meagan (pictured above), a computer teacher from the Midwest, weighs 220 pounds. Fearing rejection, she has never had the confidence to approach the men she wants to date. After meeting Kevin, a personal trainer, she seizes the opportunity to spend time with him by hiring him to be her boxing coach. She gives herself three months to lose 50 pounds and build up the courage to take her relationship with Kevin to the next level.
Fresh out of college, 21-year-old Ta’Tiana has always been the big girl with the pretty face. For several years, she has been in love with her best friend, Steve, but her fear of rejection has prevented her from telling him the truth. She sets out to drop 82 pounds, hoping that, after she loses the weight, Steve will finally see her in a different light.
As a professional singer, Vanessa is a natural on stage. Despite her achievements, her talent is overshadowed by her size. At 235 pounds, Vanessa lacks the confidence to tell her crush, Kyle, how she feels about him. She decides she wants to lose 100 pounds with the hopes of finally gaining the courage to confess her feelings to Kyle.