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A Show with Huge Potential

Huge - Hayley Hasselhoff

The fat hits the campfire quite literally in Huge, as ABC Family tackles subject matter as tricky as it is weighty and comes up with a winner. This appealing and emotionally engaging series about life in a weight-loss summer camp comes with high expectations, having been co-created by Winnie Holzman, who enthralled a generation with the short-lived but long-remembered My So-Called Life.

Working with her daughter Savannah Dooley (with Holzman's husband Paul Dooley appearing ...
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Huge Executive Producer: "You Don't Need to be Fat to Relate" to Series

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ABC Family's Huge takes place at a weight-loss camp, but executive producer Winnie Holzman says, "You don't need to be fat or have a weight issue to relate to it." The series (Mondays at 9/8c) follows a diverse group of teens. Willamina (Nikki Blonsky) is an outsider who sets out to gain weight to anger her parents, while Amber (Hayley Hasselhoff) is the camp's "golden girl" — with a lot less confidence than it appears. Although different from Holzman's previous shows My So-Called Life and Once and Again, Huge similarly focuses on the scariness of change as the characters struggle and try to figure out who they are.

TVGuide.com: Besides being set at a weight-loss camp, what is Huge about?
Winnie Holzman: Camp is like this set-apart world where people...

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Nikki Blonsky Gets a Huge TV Break

Nikki Blonsky

Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky will headline ABC Family's new comedy series Huge, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the book of the same name by Sasha Paley, Huge is about six teens and the staff at Wellness Canyon, a weight-loss camp. Blonsky will play the lead ...
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Nikki Blonsky to Stir Up Trouble for Ugly Betty

America Ferrera, Nikki Blonsky

Nikki Blonsky may have just made headlines for her public airport scuffle, but she's already stirring up trouble again — this time, on Ugly Betty.

The Hairspray star has been filming a guest role for the ABC series, Access Hollywood says, in which she'll play an assistant at Mode's rival magazine, Elle. More, after the jump. read more

Top Model's Bianca Golden Talks About Blonsky Airport Brawl

Nikki Blonsky by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage.com and Bianca Golden by Thomas Concordia/WireImage.com

Former America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden is opening up about her July airport brawl with Nikki Blonsky that resulted in various assault charges and a hospitalization for her mother.Golden shared on the Oct. 8 episode of The Tyra Banks Show that her family was visiting her "dying" grandfather in Turks and Caicos, Us Weekly reports. At the airport seating area, Blonsky became "very rude to my aunt," telling her "'You can leave. You can go away,'" Golden said.An argument erupted when Golden came to her aunt's defense, and when the model's mother, Elaine, tried to break the fight, Blonsky's father, Carl, "punched my mom," Golden recalled."He knocked her out. He hit my mom with such force she stumbled back, and when she stumbled back, the whole family got up and attacked my mom," she said, adding that Nikki kicked Elaine in the crotch."That's when my mom fell... completely," Golden said. "Both the families were arguing. It was like a scene out of a movie. Airport security... read more

Nikki Blonsky Leans On Zac Efron For Support

Zac Efron and Nikki Blonsky by Lalo Yasky/WireImage.com

Since her family airport brawl over the summer, Nikki Blonsky has turned to her rock to help get her through the nasty ordeal — Zac Efron."I love him with every inch of my body and soul," Blonsky told Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview. "He's stayed in touch and he has been so supportive through everything that I've gone through in my life; he is one of the best, best influences and people that I can ask to have in my life."Blonsky also opened up about her family and coping with the difficult situation. "We're just happy to be back together. My family is my life."Both the actress and her father were arrested in early July on charges of assault with the family of Top Model alum Bianca Golden when a brawl erupted at the Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos over saving seats. — Gina DiNunnoRelated:• Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky and Dad Arrested in Scuffle• Blonsky's Dad Still on Island Lockdown• Nikki Blonsky's Father Released on Bail read more

Nikki Blonsky's Father Released on Bail

Nikki Blonsky by Kevin Mazur/ WireImage.com

Nikki Blonsky's dad, Carl, was released from jail Monday morning, Entertainment Tonight reports.Blonsky had been locked up following a July 30 airport scuffle he and the Hairspray star engaged in with America's Next Top Model's Bianca Golden and her mother over waiting area seats at Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos. Currently facing charges of inflicting grevious bodily harm, the elder Blonsky wasnitially denied bail, but was Hairspray star's freed after the Chief Justice awarded him a $3,000 bail on his behalf.Blonsky, who must remain on the island as his travel papers are in police custody, is due to appear in court on Aug. 19.His Golden Globe-nominated 19-year-old daughter was charged with assault and has already been released on $6,000 bail. She is due back in court in December, while Golden, 19, also free on bail, returns to court Sept. 16 to face her assault charges. — Joyce Eng read more

Blonsky's Dad Still on Island Lockdown

Nikki Blonsky by Steve Granitz/WireImage.com

What's worse: Being stuck behind bars, or stuck behind bars on an islandparadise?Nikki Blonsky's dad, Carl, will remain in jail until Aug. 19 on charges related to an alleged airport scuffle involving him, his daughter, and Amerca's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden, Entertainment Tonight reports.Authorities say the scrap went down at Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos. Sgt. Chase of the Turks and Caicos Islands Police Department says it erupted over saved seats in the waiting area.Blonsky, who is jailed on the islands, is accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm. The Hairspray star and Golden were both charged with assault and released on $6,000 bail.Nikki Blonsky, 19, is due back in an island court on Dec. 1. Golden is due back on Sept. 17. — Tim Molloy read more

Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky and Dad Arrested in Scuffle

Nikki Blonsky by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage.com

Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky may be changing her tunes to those of West Side Story. The actress and her father were arrested on charges of assault after a rumble with the family of America's Next Top Model alum Bianca Golden at the Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos."They were involved in an altercation at the airport in the departure lounge," Sgt. Chase of the Turks and Caicos Islands Police Department told E!. The scuffle reportedly erupted over a disagreement about saved seats in the waiting area. Nikki was charged with assault, actual bodily harm and common assault while her father, Carl, faces a count of inflicting grievous bodily harm. Nikki was released on $6,000 bail, but her dad remains behind bars until August 8. Bianca Golden was also charged with counts of assault, while her mother Elaine sustained injuries that warranted an airlift to Florida for further care. Having only seen photos of Turks and Caicos (it's this year's honeymoon hotspot), it's st... read more

News: Last-minute Planning Includes Ledger, Reunions and More

Erin Fox, who edits TVGuide.com sister sites TV-Now.com and JumptheShark.com, is in Los Angeles this weekend for the SAG Awards. Here's her report on the show's last-minute preparations.The Screen Actors Guild turns 75 this year; a year that's seen halted productions, striking writers, terminated studio deals and most recently, the tragic deaths of Brad Renfro and Heath Ledger. However, everyone buzzing around the famous Shrine Auditorium is intent on making this year's only red-carpet, star-powered awards show one for the books. This includes several special tribute packages that celebrate actors from the last 75 years, and an especially moving tribute to SAG members who passed away. When I asked the show's producer, Kathy Connell, if there has been a last-minute scramble to create a special tribute for Heath Ledger, she was quick to point out, "We lost so many people this past week [including] Brad Renfro, Suzanne Pleshette, Lois Nettleton... and we've lost so many legendary actor... read more

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