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]

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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.