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.

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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