ABC Family’s newest show has “Huge” potential

If you share my latest addiction, Pretty Little Liars, you’ve probably seen previews for a new ABC Family series, Huge.

To tell the truth, I haven’t paid much attention to the show because it looked like just one more show about a “fat kid” trying to fit in. But TV Squad ran an interview with the stars of Huge, Nikki Blonksy (Hairspray) and Hayley Hasselhoff (yes, David’s daughter), that got my attention. Take a look.

I’m sure you know the words that made my ears perk up: “sexual orientation.” So, I did a little more research into the show.

To my pleasant surprise, the developer of Huge is Winnie Holzman, the creator of My So-Called Life and a writer for Once and Again, among other shows. That is a very good sign, not only for the quality of writing but also for the chance of a realistic gay or lesbian character.

Another good sign is the presence of Gina Torres, who plays the camp director, Dr. Rand. Torres is always a welcome sight on my TV screen.

The series follows the story of seven teenagers and the staff at a weight-loss camp. It’s based on Sasha Paley’s book, coincidentally titled Huge. Here’s the trailer.

Huge premieres Monday, June 28 on ABC Family at 9 ET. Will you be watching?