3 Ball Productions out as “active producers” of Biggest Loser 12

The production company that has been running the day-to-day production on The Biggest Loser is not producing the 12th season, which began production yesterday. However, its other two production companies, Reveille and 25/7 Productions, are still on board. The show is making major changes in addition to its trainer change-up.

Deadline reports that J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson’s 3 Ball Productions “has been suspended from the show”; their company “was brought in by Reveille and 25/7 at the very beginning to run physical production on the series created by Reveille’s Ben Silverman and Mark Koops and 25/7’s Dave Broome.”

Reveille told Deadline in a statement, “We can confirm that 3 Ball Prods. are not serving as active producers on The Biggest Loser for the time being. Reveille will be assuming all production responsibilities for the long running franchise, with 25/7 Productions also continuing to serve as executive producers.”

Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva offers two theories as to why this happened, and also notes that 3 Ball now has its own weight loss series, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.

Perhaps the most visible change that will come as a result of this suspension–assuming it lasts all the way through post-production–has to do with the show’s narration: As he is on so many shows he produces, 3 Ball’s J.D. Roth is the show’s narrator.

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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