The seventh season of The Biggest Loser kicks off tonight, as does a brand-new ABC reality series that follows people who work in the Department of Homeland Security.
ABC’s Homeland Security USA is from Arnold Shapiro, who most recently produced Big Brother until he quit. The network says the series gives “an unprecedented look at the work of these men and women while they use the newest technology to safeguard our country and enforce our laws.”
Unsurprisingly, it’s not exactly a documentary about law enforcement. The New York Times calls the new series “an exclusive, inside look at a recruitment video” and “a powerful ego boost for insecure civil servants” that “doesn’t reveal much about the homeland’s actual security.”
Also at 8, NBC debuts The Biggest Loser 7, the show’s second couples season, meaning everyone is paired with someone they know (cough, Amazing Race rip-off, cough). Like last season, will air bloated two-hour episodes every week.
The new cast is the fattest ever: They weight more than 3.5 tons, and includes the heaviest female ever (she weighs 379 pounds) and the biggest contestant ever (he weighs 454 pounds).
That’s less shocking than a line in the cast announcement press release that says the series’ now-extensive product line “has generated over $50 million in spending.” As if the relentless and often-insulting product placement wasn’t enough, it’s obvious the show’s focus is on using weight loss to make money and fill time for NBC.