Anna Kournikova is Biggest Loser’s new trainer, report says

NBC is promising “a big surprise announcement about season 12″ of The Biggest Loser on its 11th-season finale this Tuesday, and a report says that the news involves the addition of yet another trainer: Anna Kournikova, the tennis player whose web site says she “is expanding her role on the world stage as a voice of children’s health, sportsmanship and spirit.”

With Jillian Michaels’ exit, that’d keep the show with four trainers, since it added two trainers this season, unless Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel exit. Bob Harper isn’t going anywhere, of course.

In an awkward and perhaps untrustworthy story that refers to the trainers as “judges,” X17 reports that she “will lend her athletic training skills to The Biggest Loser next season as the show’s trainer. NBC will make the formal announcement on the season finale next Tuesday.” That singular reference–“the”–is obviously incorrect, as the story later mentions new trainers Cara and Brett.

The tennis player, who released a fitness DVD in 2001, recently made news for selling her $19 million Miami mansion, perhaps because she’s moving to Los Angeles to do the show?

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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