Picks and Pans Review: How to Look Good Naked

UPDATED 07/28/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/28/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

Lifetime, July 22, 10 p.m. ET

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Carson Kressley's flamboyance—he actually makes an entrance in a Cinderella carriage wearing a tiara—has an unexpectedly steadying effect on the emotionally delicate plus-size women he transforms on his reality show. Even parading around in their underwear, they find a grain of dignity. In the premiere episode of the new season, Carson has come to help Kelly, who lost her figure after giving birth and never got it back. "You stopped being the complete Kelly," he tells her, "and she's hiding under a bad cotton jersey muumuu." Kelly gradually rediscovers herself, and the muumuu is fed to a wood chipper—a fine, goofy moment. The show has been expanded to an hour, which may explain why a viewer can experience affirmation saturation, or too much of a "good-for-you!" thing. Then again, it's hard to put a limit on kindness.

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