Biggest Loser renewed for a fifth season, which will include pairs of people

After two weeks of airing the show’s fourth season, NBC has officially renewed The Biggest Loser for a fifth season, which will for the first time debut in the spring. With the exception of the forgettable special edition version of the series, which debuted in January 2006, the show has always debuted its new seasons in the fall.

Also new for The Biggest Loser 5, as casting for the fifth season suggested would happen, the contestants will not be alone. Instead, they will be “teams of two — significant others, relatives, co-workers or best friends,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fourteen episodes are “slated to begin production this fall for a midseason launch,” the paper says. There’s no word yet about whether or not Jillian will return with Bob and Kim, but new host Allison Sweeney will definitely be back.

‘Loser’ Gains Fifth Season [The Hollywood Reporter]

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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