Morbidly obese people’s weight loss followed for new ABC series from Biggest Loser producers

Another weight-loss show is coming from the people involved with The Biggest Loser: 3Ball Productions, which produces the show, is creating a weight-loss series for ABC featuring morbidly obese people.

Joe Adalian reports that the show “will be a sort of ‘Extreme Makeover: People Edition,’ with each episode focused on the weight loss journey of a single morbidly obese person. It’s expected the participants will have as much as 200 lbs. to lose,” and “producers will follow the individuals for as long as year, resulting in what’s expected to be dramatic transformations and end-of-episode reveals.”

The news comes a few days after NBC announced its new Jillian Michaels reality series, which will also have self-contained episodes and follow weight loss at home, rather than in an artificial environment.

Exclusive: ABC Developing Mega-Weight Loss Reality Show [The Wrap]

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