Brett, Cara out as Biggest Loser adds Anna Kournikova, makes other changes

Anna Kournikova will join Bob Harper as a trainer on The Biggest Loser 12 this fall, replacing Jillian Michaels, the show confirmed during its Tuesday finale, but new trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not return as part of changes the show is making.

A badly written gossip report that called trainers “judges” broke the news late last week, so the really surprising news here is that Brett and Cara, who were added this season, won’t be back, according to a magazine report.

Executive producer Todd Lubin told New York Magazine’s Joe Adalian that her addition comes as the show will be “getting slightly away from just the tape measure, and getting into overall well being and health. That’s where Loser needs to go.” Kournikova was added because they “intentionally tried to not replace Jillian” and her guest appearance during season 10 impressed producers.

While the producer wouldn’t say anything about Hoebel and Castronuova, the magazine cites “industry sources” who said they “will not be returning”; the story also says the show “will look noticeably different next fall, with a redecorated ranch among the changes.”

Please, please let the show lay off its horrific product placement and speed up: it is unbearably slow. Maybe every word Alison Sweeney says could be played at 4x her normal speed?

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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