Biggest Loser 9 includes three heaviest people yet, including a 526-pound man

NBC has announced the cast of The Biggest Loser 9, and it includes the heaviest contestant yet.

Michael Ventrella weighs 526 pounds, and takes the title of heaviest contestant ever from season eight’s Shay Sorrells, who weighed 476 pounds at the start of the season. (She lost 172 pounds and has a special incentive to keep losing more.)

Two identical twins from Orlando also beat her record, as James and John Crutchfield weigh 485 and 484 pounds, respectively. Overall, the cast consists of eight parent and (adult) child teams, and three other teams of family members, cousins, brothers, and spouses. The new season debuts Jan. 5.

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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