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BIGGEST LOSER, THE
Air Date: Sunday, January 06, 2013
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on NBC
Episode Title: (#1401-120) "WE'RE BACK...AND SO IS JILLIAN"
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"THE BIGGEST LOSER"

"WE'RE BACK...AND SO IS JILLIAN"

01/06/2013 (09:00PM - 11:00PM) (Sunday) : "THE BIGGEST LOSER" TACKLES THE CHILD OBESITY EPIDEMIC BY INCLUDING KID PARTICIPANTS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER - In a season unlike any other, NBC's "The Biggest Loser" takes on child obesity by featuring kid participants for the first time ever on the show, joining 15 fiercely determined adults eager to lose weight and change their lives forever. The focus for the three kids - 13-year-old baseball enthusiast Biingo, 16-year-old honors student Sunny, and 13-year-old former cheerleader Lindsay -- will be on getting healthy rather than numbers on a scale, so they will not be eligible for elimination and will not weigh in on camera. They will work at both the ranch and at home, and their progress will be featured in every episode. New mother Jillian Michaels is also back, ready to whip contestants into shape with her tough-as-nails, no nonsense approach, alongside returning trainers and top fitness experts Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. Contestants include a high school special education assistant and mother of four, a former college football player and the show's first openly gay contestant, who was bullied for both his weight and his sexuality when he came out at age 14. Alison Sweeney hosts the series.

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BIGGEST LOSER, THE (NBC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/19/04 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
15 (15 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its 15th season on 2/4/14; has yet to be renewed for a 16th season
DESCRIPTION:
(from NBC's press release, September 2013) Fifteen inspiring contestants - including the show's first celebrity player, Ruben Studdard, an uplifting "Second Chances" theme and fun, new creative elements ignite season 15 of NBC's popular series "The Biggest Loser," premiering Tuesday, October 8 (8-9 p.m. ET). Alison Sweeney hosts the series featuring charismatic trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince, who have helped contestants lose over 26,600 pounds collectively during 14 seasons of the motivational show. On the trainer side, new creative elements are being introduced this season that give Bob, Jillian and Dolvett more powerful roles. For the first time ever in the show's history, trainers sat in on casting sessions and helped select the new contestants. Also, the trainers will be empowered with a "trainer save" in season 15, allowing each one to save one eliminated contestant from going home. In addition, "The Biggest Loser" will start the season with one-hour telecasts on Tuesdays (8-9 p.m.). There may be selected two-hour telecasts as it moves closer to its Feb. 4 finale.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Alison Sweeney as Host
· Bob Harper as Trainer
· Dolvett Quince as Trainer
· Jillian Michaels as Trainer
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Anna Kournikova as Trainer
· Brett Hoebel as Trainer
· Cara Castronuova as Trainer
· Caroline Rhea as Host
· Kim Lyons as Trainer
CREW INFORMATION:
· Ben Silverman as EP
· Dave Broome as EP
· Eden Gaha as EP
· J.D. Roth as EP
· Lisa Hennessy as EP
· Todd A. Nelson as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· 25/7 Productions
· Shine America