Teams of men versus women will compete on Biggest Loser 2.

Men and women will face off against each other on the second season of The Biggest Loser, which debuts in September. The teams will have opposite-sex trainers, however, as Bob Harper will make the women cry and Jillian Michaels will make the men throw up. Will this division give the men’s team an advantage? Executive producer David Broome tells TV Guide, “There’s this myth out there that men lose weight faster and better than women. We’re going to test that myth.” A doctor calls b.s., telling the magazine, “Lean muscle tissue is the driving force for metabolism. So men do start with a certain advantage.”

But all is not lost: The magazine reports that, “In an attempt to level the playing field during the three months contestants work out on Biggest Loser’s fitness farm, producers will compare percentages rather than pounds.” Broome does the math for those of us who have excess fat where the math part of our brains should be: “Let’s say the men’s team starts at 2000 lbs. collectively and the women start at 1500. For the men to lose 10 percent of their body weight, they’d have to lose 200 lbs. For the women to lose the same 10 percent, they only have to lose 150.”

Biggest Loser 2’s Big Gender War [TV Guide]

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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