Style Network's latest reality offering is Ruby, the story of a woman weighing nearly 500 pounds and her quest to lose the weight. I have been lucky enough to see the first two episodes of this show and have to say it's quite good. You might not think it would be worth it to watch an overweight woman struggling to get healthy, but Ruby proves otherwise.
The key to the show's success is Ruby herself. She is so charming and likable that the moment you see her and hear her speak you instantly want to take this journey with her. I felt almost privileged to be able to get to know this woman as she begins this long, hard road to get healthy and lose weight.
It is Ruby that makes this show as special as it is. I don't think it could be made with anyone else. There is something about her that takes the show to another level than the standard reality fare.
In the premiere episode (aired on November 9), we meet Ruby and her friends. We follow her to doctors and nutritionists, to gyms and water aerobics. She makes us laugh when she says the small chairs in a pool locker room are "prejudice" and makes us cry when she reveals she does not recall vast portions of her childhood. Through it all we are right with her. This kind of reality show is truly reality. Ruby is a human being who is faced with challenges every day and has vowed to overcome them all. It's a great episode that introduces us to a genuine wonderful person.