ABC importing weight loss reality show Too Big to Walk

ABC is importing Too Big to Walk?, a weight-loss reality show from the UK that “assembled a group of eight overweight people and followed them as they marched 500 miles over eight weeks, from the south coast of England to Edinburgh,” Variety reports.

Executive producer Nick Emerson promises the show will be Americanized and thus a “bigger, bolder show,” and says ABC’s version “is going to have a lot more game play to it. The British version was very observational. We want to maintain that documentary feel in some ways, but we’re going to make the experience for the participants and the viewer much bigger.”

He also says it’s “a bigger, more positive show” than The Biggest Loser, although he doesn’t mention NBC’s show by name: “We think it’s the boldest weight-loss show to hit America. It feels very fresh and different. It’s not about being kept away from food and the rest of the world with a personal trainer and spending hours in the gym. It’s a bigger, more positive show.”

Variety says the show is currently casting and could air this summer.

ABC brings ‘Big’ weight-loss to U.S. [Variety]

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