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]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.