Biggest Loser reveals trainers Brett and Cara as Dan and Don gain weight

The Biggest Loser finally revealed the identities of its mystery trainers last night, Cara and Brett, who were not a mystery at all, especially because Jillian Michaels said their names in an interview. Jillian is quitting the series after this season.

Meanwhile, the show didn’t quite live up to its name–or did, depending upon your definition of “loser”–as its competition element encouraged two contestants, as twin contestants Dan and Don gained nine pounds so Dan could go home.

Because I didn’t have 31 hours free last night, I didn’t watch, but Ree Hines recaps the episode and quotes Bob Harper, who said he “was so offended” by the weight gain, as if it hasn’t happened before. Thankfully, he’s not offended by shameless, relentless product placement.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.