Biggest Loser special edition starts tonight

Tonight, NBC’s sleeper reality hit The Biggest Loser spawns a series of three two-part “special edition” episodes.

The spin-off offers weight-loss drama and payoff in a two episodes, each following competition between teams of people with pre-existing relationships. According to NBC,

“The first hour will follow each team as they begin their weight-loss journey on ‘The Biggest Loser’ ranch — ending with a weigh-in and prize. The following week’s episode will follow the contestants in the real world and reveal the team that has not only lost the greatest percentage of weight, but has also won the grand prize.”

While NBC initially said that a new host and new trainers would be involved, trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels will return for all three episodes, which will be hosted by Caroline Rhea. Tonight, two families, the Muhas and the Samuels, face off; the team that loses the most weight wins $50,000. Both episodes air tonight, starting at 8 p.m. ET; subsequent episodes will be spread out over two weeks (Jan. 11 and 18, and Feb. 1 and 8).

Biggest Loser Special Edition [NBC]

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