NBC’s The Biggest Loser debuts tonight.

NBC’s The Biggest Loser debuts tonight.
Twelve people will compete with themselves and their appetites tonight as NBC debuts The Biggest Loser at 8 p.m. ET. Caroline Rhea will host the nine-episode series, which will award a quarter million dollars to the person who loses the most weight. Apparently, though, how much the contestants weigh will contribute to who goes home but won’t be the deciding factor: During the show, “two competing teams follow comprehensive diet and exercise plans to undergo radical physical makeovers,” and following “physical challenges, surprising alliances and irresistible temptations,” contestants “ultimately have to decide which player gets eliminated each week.” Caroline Rhea tells the Boston Herald that she wishes the show “was called something like ‘The Fantastic and Supportive Show’,” but says it was okay for them to dangle tempting foods in front of the cast members’ faces: “My experience has been that the moment I’ve left that situation, like when I’ve gone to a diet place, I’m eating on the airplane, I can’t get to something bad fast enough. It’s really behavior modification to see whether or not they’ll make the right choices, and you will be really impressed with the choices these people make.” Executive producer Dave Broome tells the Grand Rapids Press that he wanted “to do (a makeover show) the right way, with no stapling, sucking or surgery.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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