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]

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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