NBC confirms Biggest Loser’s renewal

The Biggest Loser will return for a third season, NBC confirmed. The show’s web site has been advertising for third-season contestants for a while now, so the decision isn’t a surprise. Variety says the series “continues to show gains for the Peacock [NBC], averaging a 3.6 rating and 10 share among adults 18-49 this season (as well as 8.8 million viewers).”

The series is also pulling in cash via its merchandise, specifically a book that “entered the New York Times’ advice/how-to bestseller list at No. 4,” according to Variety. The Biggest Loser: The Weight Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life only has a forward written by trainer Bob Harper, but despite the unknown author, the book promises to reveal “the diet and exercise plan that enabled contestants to transform their bodies and their lives on TV’s new smash hit reality show.”

Not to be left out, Jillian also has a book (Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life) out, and two companion DVDs (Shape Up Complete and Maximize Complete) coming out on Dec. 20.

‘Loser’ wins round 3 [Variety]

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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