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Five ways The Biggest Loser is different on USA
February 11th, 2020 under USA Network. [ Comments: none ]

The Biggest Loser did 17 seasons on NBC, and then it was canceled. After a nearly four-year break, it is back on its new home, USA Network every Tuesday at 9p, with more people who want to lose weight to get healthier.

The only familiar face on the show is trainer Bob Harper who is now the host. There are a lot of other changes. A few weeks ago, he, new trainers, Erica Lugo and Steve Cook, and Heather Olander, SVP, Alternative Series Development & Production, USA, talked about them at the NBC Winter Press Day at the TCAs.

Here are five takeaways from that panel:

How is The Biggest Loser different on USA as compared to NBC.
When we brought this show back, one of the biggest things was, we had 17 years of success on NBC. It was a beloved show, and it did a lot of positive transformations for a lot of the contestants.

But we did want to take a look at the format and make sure that it was reflective of health and fitness today. 2020 is very different than what it was more than a decade ago when this show first came on on the air. And one of the things we did look at is the competition element. What we decided is that the competition is only part of the storytelling in the show. It’s a motivating factor for the contestants, but we found it’s part of their story and their transformation as well, sort of the failures and the successes both. And we saw it impacted who they were from the start of the show to the end.

What is the biggest change?
One of the big changes we made this season, is making sure that the aftercare package was enhanced versus what it was in past seasons, because we wanted to give those people who did maybe go home early on in the process the best chance possible to continue a healthy lifestyle. So we gave them a gym membership, and fitness is a part of it, but also, a nutritionist, because what you eat and to your point, every body is different, and every nutrition plan is different and needs to be specific to each individual. So we gave them that as well as one very important piece, guiding them towards a support group.

These guys can tell you from their experience that doing it with other people, this journey is much better when you can do it with someone else versus when you do it alone.

In our show, in fact, one of the big pieces is a support group where everybody gets to share their stories and feels sort of a part of something, feels like they’re not alone. So that was another part of the aftercare package that we made sure we put in place to do what you said. To your point, listen. From a human level, these people, you fall in love with them, every single one of them, so to see them go, you just want to make sure that maybe they don’t win the money, but they still have the chance at a great life and a healthy life.

There are not just exercising on The Biggest Loser.
From the format standpoint, and we want to make sure they’re losing the weight but also they’re in the healthiest environment they can be, so though not shown on the series, behind the scenes we did have a nutritionist who provided individualized meal plans for each of the contestants. We had two doctors on set and a set of trainers that vetted the nutrition plans, but the trainers also vetted all of the challenges and the workouts that they did, and they were constantly monitored to make sure that all of their vitals were where they needed to be and they were losing weight at a healthy rate.

The Biggest Loser is not just about looking good after losing the weight.
To that end, thinking about that when we were developing the show, we did want to make better connection or bigger connection between weight loss and health.

And for these contestants on the show, they primarily came to the show because they wanted to live a longer life. They unanimously talked about health issues that they are having because of the weight, and just beyond that — the message in the show is, yes, being thin and fitting into skinny jeans; if that’s what you want, fabulous. But that’s not the end all, be all. It’s not about getting thin at all costs. It’s about getting healthy and setting these contestants on a healthy lifestyle path.

Giving them information about nutrition that a lot of them didn’t have. They didn’t even know where to start, and talking about, also, the mental piece of that. What got them mentally and emotionally to the place that they are?

So we touched on the mental part of it, the food part of it, and the fitness part of it, all of the holistic approach to say to everyone, viewers and the contestants, it’s not about a short term diet get thin, because it’s not sustainable, and you’re right. That’s not the right message to send. It’s about getting healthy and whatever that means for you and whatever body type that is for you.

What does Erica Lugo, who lost 160 pounds five years ago, bring to the show?
I can say, just from my own journey, that’s what I love bringing to the show is I can bring my own experience, and like he said, it’s something that we have to make that choice day in and day out, and I really feel like we teach them those tools to be able to keep it off long-term.


The Biggest Loser is back shedding pounds
January 28th, 2020 under USA Network. [ Comments: none ]

It has been almost four years since The Biggest Loser has been off the air, and it is back on USA tonight at 9p.

Trainer Bob Harper is back, but this time he is hosting. He is also inspiring the contestants because now he understands their journey more after suffering a heart attack almost three years ago. He is not the only trainer who understands what they are going through, as does Erica Lugo. She once tipped the scales at 322 pounds, and she has kept it off for five years. Trainer Steve Cook looked like he had the perfect body when he was on magazine covers. What we didn’t know is that he worked out like crazy before the shoots and pigged out afterward. He now has a better relationship with food, and he wants the same thing for his contestants.

The contestants are all obese, and they are suffering from health issues related to their weight. They are issues like very high cholesterol, diabetes, and sleep apnea. If they don’t get their weight under control, they could die. Therefore, they committed to getting healthy.

However, is this the way to do it? Just like when it was on NBC, the show is all about exercise. It feels like they are working out 24/7 because that is all they do in each episode. Well, when they are not being weighed in.

We are not seeing them learning how to eat healthier. We know that several of the contestants have issues with food, so let’s see them work with dieticians to teach them how to eat better when they are home.

Another problem I have with the show is that the people who need it the most are the first ones that are eliminated. Maybe they are better off because they are sent home with a gym membership and a nutritionist. This way they are learning how to keep off the weight when they are home. That is where it really matters.

They say the show is different, but it feels the same for me. What they should do is keep all the contestants on the show from the beginning until the end. Teach them not only to work out but also how to work out when they are home working and being a parent. Also, show them how to prepare meals for them and their family, so that they can all keep off the weight.

They are not trying to be bodybuilders; they are trying to live to see their next birthdays. Then I would think the show would not get the criticism it gets.

I don’t hate the show, I just wish it was more responsible.


Mike Ross is back on Suits, while Brenda Walsh returns to 90210
August 14th, 2019 under USA Network. [ Comments: none ]

Suits is airing its final episodes and tonight at 9p on USA we get to see a familiar face return one more time. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) flies back to NY to visit Harvey (Gabriel Macht). However, it is not a friendly visit.

Mike has a case and Harvey is opposing counsel. Only thing is Harvey gave that client to Samantha (Katherine Heigl) and she does not want to give it up. Now it is 2 against one. Who will win this fight and is it fair? Especially because the two colleagues have made it a game.

By the end of the episode, one side will win and lose. What that means, you just have to watch. And you don’t want to miss what happens in the final seconds.

Also at 9p, but over at Fox is BH90210. Last week, the gang was all reunited for Beverly Hills, 90210’s 30th anniversary. This week, they are reuniting to have their day in court. That is because they were all arrested last week when Tori Spelling stole a dress and fled from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

Before they go to court, Spelling and Jennie Garth pitch the reboot to Fox. The network is on board if they can get the rest of the cast to do it. Now the two of them have to try to recruit Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering, Gabriel Carteris and Shannen Doherty to appear on the revival. Which is easier said that done. They all say no because they have other things in the works. That and they cannot stand each other.

Spelling comes up with a way to recruit her friends, but will it work? You just have to tune in and you know you want to because it is like the ’90s all over again.


Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious BIG
February 27th, 2018 under USA Network. [ Comments: none ]

Back in the ’90s, Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls were two of the biggest rappers out there. But neither one of them would live to see the decade end. They both were gunned down in drive-by shootings, 6 months apart, and to this day we do not know who did it. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious BIG begins on USA tonight at 10p and it tells the story of how the LAPD tried to solve their murders.

On September 7, 1996, Tupac (Marcc Rose) was shot in the car he was driving in with Suge Knight in Las Vegas. Six days later, he died from his injuries. The shooter sped away and to this day remains a mystery.

Six months later to day after Tupac was shot, his former friend and rival Biggie Smalls (Wavyy Jonez) was gunned down in Los Angeles. His murderer also got away with murder.

Throughout the years there have been a lot of theories of who might have gunned down the stars, some even saying they were both murdered by the same people. Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) and Detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) will work both cases separately, sometimes they will be looking at the same people. Other times they will have their own theories.

Poole will look into Death Row Records, Suge Knight and the dirty cops in LAPD who were working for Knight’s label. Kading will be investigating if one of the LA gangs or possibly Puff Daddy might have had a role in it.

The series starts off in 1997 when both Detectives get the case, and it follows their investigation and the lack of help they were getting from the department. But also flashes back to Tupac and Biggie’s lives and what might have lead up to their murders.

There is a lot we didn’t know, and Unsolved answers a lot of questions. So much so that after 7 episodes I’ve seen, I have my own ideas. But the series goes on for 16, so it might change. If you have ever had any interest in their murders, then you are going want to check out this series. I am on the edge of my seat wanting to know more. Plus, the casting department did a great job finding their Tupac, Biggie and Suge. You almost think it is the music legends themselves.


Everyone hates Harvey on Suits, The Sinner is sinfully good!
August 2nd, 2017 under Suits, USA Network. [ Comments: none ]

Last week’s episode of Suits on USA showed us that everyone at Pearson Specter Litt hated everyone else and tonight at 9p it gets ever worse.

Everyone is more divided than ever and it will cost them when Alex’s (Dule Hill) old firm tries to steal Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Louis’ (Rick Hoffman) clients from under them. The rival firm is doing such a good job at it, Donna (Sarah Rafferty) wonders who is feeding them information. She thinks it is a former employee, so she sends Rachel (Meghan Markle) in to confront that person. Only problem is, it is not that person. Who it is will surprise the sh!t out of you. Therefore you don’t want to miss tonight’s episode because it is another game changer that propels the series even further.

Did I mention that Mike (Patrick Adams) and Rachel also make a decision about their wedding?

Then at 10p on USA, Jessica Biel makes her return to TV in The Sinner. Cora Tannetti (Biel) is your average housewife and mom of a young son, until one day at the beach changes everything. When a song comes on the radio and she sees a couple making out, it awakens something that was dormant in her. She suddenly grabs the knife, stands up, walks over the couple and kills the man.

No one including her, her husband (Christopher Abbott) and the detective (Bill Pullman) assigned to the case know why she did it. Each episode will give another clue into why and reveal a past that no one, even Cora, herself knew about until now.

The Sinner is a murder mystery, but not as in who did it but why they did it. Causing you to be on the edge of your seat wanting to know more as each minutes passes.


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