Jillian and Kim will both return for The Biggest Loser 4, as Jillian trains a “secret team”

After being mysteriously replaced last season, Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels announced that she would return for the fourth season. The fate of her replacement, Kim Lyons, was unclear until now, when NBC announced this season’s twist: Jillian “will train the secret black team of contestants who failed to be chosen for the blue or red teams.”

NBC calls this “the triumphant return of former trainer Jillian Michaels,” and says that Bob Harper and Kim Lyons do not know about the twist, but also expresses faux skepticism in Jillian’s abilities: “Can Jillian effectively bring her team from the desert to the gym and will her team prove that they deserve a place at the Biggest Loser campus?”

The 18 contestants who will participate this season are include twin brothers and a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, plus “the oldest contestant in Biggest Loser history,” who is 62.

NBC’S Hit Weight Loss Series ‘The Biggest Loser’ Announced Season 4 Contestants [NBC press release]

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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