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updated 04/20/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/20/2009 01:00AM

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This is basically a 40-year-old Bachelorette sharing a mansion with guys in their 20s. That may have seemed titillating when the "cougar" concept was catching on a year ago, but now the reality universe is more excited by FOX's upcoming show about overweight romance. Real-estate broker Stacey Anderson, a divorced mom, does indeed look great, and in the premiere she's gracious and likable. Her problem is that the host, actress and fellow cougar Vivica A. Fox, has enough flashy star presence to steal one scene after another. The best gimmick is a variation on the Bachelorette rose ceremony: Stacey commands the men to kiss her. If she offers her lips, he stays. Cheek, he goes. This means Cougar's big moment of suspense hinges on whether she'll abruptly swivel her head to the side.

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