Biggest Loser 6 debuts tonight with two-hour episodes, pairs of family members

The Biggest Loser 6 debuts tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and sticks with Amazing Race-style casting and pairs of overweight contestants with pre-existing relationships. Unlike last season’s open-ended couples, though, this season’s teams are all family members. Bob’s team has four sets of husbands and wives, while Jillian’s team consists of parents and kids.

Because NBC has nothing else to air Tuesday nights and the show does well in the ratings, each episode now fills two-thirds of prime time. Two hour episodes are up from 90 minutes last season and an hour during earlier seasons. That means there’s now a lot to fast-forward, from the drawn out weigh-in ceremonies to the annoying repetition. (We don’t need to hear a cast member say something like, There’s Bob and Jillian, when we can actually see the two trainers.)

That Jillian is back and Kim Lyons is still MIA is definitely a good thing. Jillian’s angry approach is much more entertaining, especially because she has something to prove. “Somehow, I’ve become the nice one. I don’t know when that happened, but it pisses me off,” she tells us, and starts screaming at her teams.

Later, she tells one man, “You’re going to either die on this treadmill, or you’re going to walk until I tell you have to get off.” And then, because she’s exceptionally motivating, screams to his exercising daughter, “every time you want to quit, think about your father who’s about to drop dead on the treadmill. Go! GO!” And she screams at her team, “Unless you faint, puke, or die, keep walking!”

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