NBC delays "Biggest Loser" until Fall

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David
NBC JUMP STARTS THE SEASON WITH THE PREMIERE OF 'THE BIGGEST LOSER'
SEPTEMBER 11 PRECEDED BY HOUR-LONG 'WHERE ARE THEY NOW?' SPECIAL ON
SEPTEMBER 4 REUNITING FAVORITE 'LOSER' CONTESTANTS 

Series Features New Host Alison Sweeney, "Back to Basics" Concept,
Fresh Campus Location, Twin Contestants -- and the Surprise Return of
Trainer Jillian Michaels Joining Bob Harper and Kim Lyons 

BURBANK June 11, 2007 -- NBC will boost its two-hour season premiere
of "The Biggest Loser" on Tuesday, Sept. 11 (8-10 p.m. ET) with the
special "Where Are They Now?" a tantalizing hour-long appetizer for
broadcast the week before on Tuesday, Sept. 4 (8-9 p.m. ET) in which
viewers can catch up with the progress of previous favorite "Loser"
contestants. 

The announcement was made by Ben Silverman, Co-chairman, NBC
Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio. 

"This is an innovative way to re-introduce an audience favorite and
answer the question everyone asks 'Did they keep the weight off?'"
said Silverman. "The series will also kick off with a bang when
Jillian makes a surprise return to take on fellow trainers Bob and Kim
to help change the lives of what is sure to be our most memorable
group of 'Loser' hopefuls yet." 

In the fourth season premiere of "The Biggest Loser," the contestants
will go "back to basics" -- working out at a new location without any
of the luxuries of the ranch -- and for the first time ever, a set of
twins will be competing, as well as our oldest contestant ever at 62.
Returning for the new season are trainers Bob Harper and Kim Lyons
with new show host Alison Sweeney (NBC's "Days of our Lives") along
with former "Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels, who returns in a
surprising new twist. 

The series' second episode will also be a two-hour on Tuesday, Sept.
18 (8-10 p.m. ET). The series will then air in its regular time period
(Tuesdays 8-9 p.m. ET) the following week on Sept. 25. 

In the hour-long "Where Are They Now?" special (Sept. 4, 8-9 p.m. ET),
contestants from the first three seasons will return to "The Biggest
Loser" campus for one last weigh-in. Viewers will hear about their
struggles -- including how they try to keep the weight off and learn
what has transpired in their lives since their appearances, including
surprise "at-home" visits. Additional contestants will also be
spotlighted as it paints a realistic picture of how difficult it can
be to remain trim -- and how some have gained back weight but hope to
shed the pounds again. Over 6,000 pounds have been lost on "The
Biggest Loser" scale to date, and we will find out if that weight has
stayed off. 

The first reality series where everybody "loses," "The Biggest Loser"
offers severely overweight participants the opportunity to undergo a
radical physical makeover without any kind of surgery. 

The series challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed
pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and
exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. The unscripted
and life-altering reality series gathers contestants from across the
country to face real-life temptations, while being provided with
approved weight-loss skills and resources in an effort to help them
transform their bodies, health -- and ultimately -- their lives. 

"The Biggest Loser" provides the 18 strong-willed, yet hopeful,
contestants with challenges, temptations, weigh-ins and eliminations
until the final contestant remains to claim the title of "the biggest
loser." Each team works out under the supervision of professional
trainers. 

The series has become a worldwide hit airing in over 75 territories
with 25 local productions. It has also produced two New York Times
best-selling books and a burgeoning online lifestyle club
www.biggestloserclub.com that allows those at home to learn all they
need to live a healthier life. 

"The Biggest Loser" is a production of Reveille LLC, 25/7 Productions
and 3 Ball Productions. Ben Silverman (NBC's "The Office," "Ugly
Betty"), Dave Broome ("Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope," "Radio Music
Awards"), JD Roth ("Age of Love," "Beauty and the Geek"), Todd A.
Nelson ("Unan1mous," "Beauty and the Geek") and Mark Koops ("Blow
Out," "Shear Genius") serve as executive producers.
                                            
Obveeus
Why does the title of this thread indicate a 'delay'?
                                            
David
Originally it was scheduled for mid-August, headline policeman.
                                            
Obveeus
I wasn't trying to pick a nit, I just thought that The Biggest Loser had 
always been set for the fall schedule.  Was the actual show originally 
slated for August or just a few of their one-off standalone type specials?

Meanwhile, over on VH1, the Celebrity Fit Club is having a season without 
any actual 'fat' people.  In The Biggest Loser ever goes the route of not 
having obese casting, they will be sunk.
                                            
David
It was going to start in August and continue into Fall.