ABC renews, renames its obesity reality series Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

ABC has changed the name of its upcoming weight loss series Obese to Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, which has already been renewed for a second season. The name change connects the show to the network’s other feel-good makeover series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and to the original, now-cancelled version that gave people plastic surgery.

Each episode of the midseason show follows one individual for a year as he or she loses weight. Producers “have already cast the second season of ‘Weight Loss Edition’ and will start production on that cycle (targeted for 2011-2012) shortly. 3Ball also continues to finish shooting and editing season one, which is set to air sometime in midseason, perhaps around March,” Variety reports. Executive producer JD Roth told the paper, “It’s always a good sign to get a second season of a show order before the first even airs.”

The show is produced by 3Ball Productions, which also produces The Biggest Loser for NBC.

More ‘Obese’ on the weigh [Variety]

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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