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]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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