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]

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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