The Biggest Loser 2 debuts tonight

The Biggest Loser 2 debuts tonight, marking the return of NBC’s biggest reality surprise of last year. The 90-minute premiere episode debuts at 8 p.m. ET.

This year, the teams are split by sex, and the losing team will be determined based upon a percentage rather than pure poundage.

As I argue in this essay, the show is uplifting, fun, and completely, unnecessarily cruel. The magic reality TV scale is the worst offender, as it tortures the person standing on it by flipping to incorrect weights before ending up on the correct weight.

Still, the show is about to become a franchise for NBC, which will spin off a companion series later this year, in addition to introducing two workout videos.

The Biggest Loser [NBC]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.