Dad and son face off for final spot in Biggest Loser 7 finale

Just as it did Sunday night, NBC is devoting its entire three-hour prime-time schedule for a reality show finale, as The Biggest Loser 7 will conclude live. That makes sense because the reality series, which has aired two-hour episodes this season, is the network’s most-popular reality series and some weeks, the most-popular show period.

After the contestants ran 26.2 miles last week–an ironic challenge considering how much flak a contestant this season got for pretending to run a marathon (although he later actually did), the show had to narrow its final four to a final three to see who would compete for the $250,000 prize.

Instead of allowing tearful voting in front of Allison “I pause for 45 seconds in-between every word” Sweeney, the show let viewers decide. The options are Mike and Ron Morelli, who happen to be father and son, so that father versus son thing will probably be milked for about 45 minutes. Helen Phillips and Tara Costa are already safely in the top three.

The best part about the finale is always the incredibly bad product placement acting–I mean, the transformations that the contestants undergo. Mike and Tara already look like a completely different people, as he’s lost 174 pounds and she’s lost 135, and all through just diet, exercise, and Jennie-O Turkey.

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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