Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
NBC’s The Biggest Loser takes on childhood obesity when the show returns this month. And at today’s TCA panel, the show’s trainers told TV journalists that no child would be subjected to an on-camera weigh-in. Nor will the younger set have to compete to stay on the show. “You are never going to see our kids on our scale, “ said trainer Bob Harper. In working with children, he said, “What we do will be the exact opposite of what we do with our adults.” Panelist Joanna Dolgoff, a pediatrician and child obesity expert, confirmed after the panel that the kids will still be weighed off-camera as part of a “healthy eating” program. Adult contestants will still have public weigh-ins and have to compete to stay in the running, said Dolgoff.
Trainers Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince, appearing on the panel with Dolgoff, host Alison Sweeney and executive producers Eden Gaha and Dave Broome, took a hard line on adult participation. When asked if routine fainting and vomiting suggests the trainers might be pushing their weight-loss hopefuls too far, Michaels replied with a blunt “no.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Jillian Michaels has re-signed with ICM Partners, which just brokered her deal to return to The Biggest Loser. Michaels was repped by ICM when she was first tapped as a trainer on the NBC weight-loss competition series after first working at ICM as an agent. She left the agency for CAA in 2008. Michaels departed The Biggest Loser after Season 11 in 2011. She will be back for the upcoming childhood obesity-themed fourteenth season. Michaels most recently did a brief stint as a co-host of The Doctors. Read More »
NBC’s The Biggest Loser is bringing something old and something new for its upcoming 14th season. Jillian Michaels, who left the show after Season 11 last year, will be back as a trainer for the upcoming season, which will deal with childhood obesity by featuring kid participants (ages 13-17) for the first time in addition to adult contestants. Michaels will join returning trainers Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. Season 14, which kicks off in January, will also feature special celebrity guest stars. For the first time since its launch, The Biggest Loser was not on NBC’s fall schedule. The network brass in May said they wanted to give the long-running series time to reboot in the face of declining ratings. That includes the return of one of the show’s most recognizable stars, Michaels, whose replacement, Anna Kournikova, lasted one season. Read More »
CBS’ annual Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials special is undergoing a makeover. Gone is longtime host Jim Nantz, who co-hosted with Lara Spencer for the past two years. This year, CBS Sports’ NFL analyst Boomer Esiason and former The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels will co-host the special, slated to air February 1. Additionally, CBS is making the program, essentially a parade of commercials, even more sponsor-friendly by counting down the 10 greatest Super Bowl commercial brands vs. individual commercials. Featured in this year’s special are Budweiser, Bud Light, Careerbuilder.com, Coke, Doritos, E*Trade, FedEx, GoDaddy.com, Pepsi and Victoria’s Secret. Voting is now open.
The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels announced that she will leave the veteran NBC reality series after the upcoming 11th season, now in production. “Season 11 of Biggest Loser will be my last :) have to finish out my contract,” she wrote on Twitter. Michaels also addressed the issue of her replacement. “They already hired her,” she tweeted. “Using my last season to help launch her in season 11.” Michaels has been on The Biggest Loser since 2004 sans a brief departure in 2006. With her signature tough-love style, she is probably the most recognizable personality on the show, scoring her own spinoff series, Losing It with Jillian, which aired on NBC this past summer. Regarding her motives for the exit, Michaels tweeted that she wanted to “take a year off TV and focus on becoming a mommy and doing more charity work.” The new trainer(s) on The Biggest Loser are expected to be introduced during the show’s 10th season finale on Tuesday.
The crowd on the picket line at The Biggest Loser ranch is expected to be significantly larger tomorrow after the LA County AFL-CIO affiliate today endorsed the IATSE-led strike by the reality series’ crew and vowed to send picketers from some of the 350 unions and more than 800,000 unions it represents. There won’t be much to picket though as Biggest Loser is not scheduled to be filming on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the show’s AFTRA-represented talent, trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper and host Alison Sweeney are yet to cross the picket line despite having no-strike clauses in their contracts. What’s more, the three are auctioning off a training session (Michaels/Harper) and a lunch date (Sweeney) on Ebay to support the relief fund established for the striking crew.