The Biggest Loser is back January 4, 2016 for its 17th season, but with a new host, a new gym and even a brand new logo, this season will be anything but business as usual.
America’s favorite trainers Dolvett Quince and Jen Widerstrom return this season to train eight teams of two contestants, all competing to shed the most weight for the $250,000 grand prize. Seven of the teams know each other well, with couplings including spouses, parents and adult children, siblings, and best friends, all looking to improve their lives and heal old wounds through losing weight and getting their health under control.
The members of the eighth team are strangers to each other, but you may know them quite well: former “Survivor” winner and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Richard Hatch, 54, and “The Voice” season two semi-finalist Erin Willett, 26. While they may be used to the bright lights and cameras, this team will still have to work just as hard as the other contestants to lose their excess weight while figuring out how to work together and support each other in making lasting lifestyle changes.
While this season will have all the calorie-burning, sweat-dripping excitement you’ve come to know and love from The Biggest Loser, season 17 brings with it a lot of changes, too.
The new host is a friendly, familiar face: beloved former The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper. The newly renovated “Biggest Loser” gym features a brand new look, logo and modernized state-of-the-art equipment, including eight individual high-tech wall monitors that track each contestant’s stats in real time, including calorie burn and heart rate. The gym will be split, with one half dedicated to Team Dolvett and the other half dedicated to Team Jen. Weigh-ins are also getting a revamp, featuring double scales so teams can weigh in and face off side by side.
The theme for this season is ‘Temptation,’ and will focus on real world situations and roadblocks that everyone faces in their pursuit to live a healthy lifestyle. Players will spend more time off-campus this season than ever before to better prepare them for what they will face when they return home, and offer viewers helpful take aways they can implement immediately in their own fitness journeys.
The Biggest Loser season 17 premieres Monday, January 4 (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.
The casting team of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition is making its way to several locations across the U.S. for an open casting calls this weekend. They will be looking for candidates to appear on the show’s third season under the guidance of trainer and host Chris Powell. On Saturday, February 11th, they will be in New York, Chicago and San Diego, below are the location details.
New York City, NY
Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Address: Dave and Busters, 234 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Address: Dave and Busters, 1030 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60610
San Diego, CA
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Address: NTC Promenade – Command Center at Lierty Station, Point Loma, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd. San Diego, CA 92106
Addtionally, the following open calls will be held on Saturday, February 18th.
Thanksgiving can be a difficult holiday to navigate on a diet but not if you’re a contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. This year, cooking expert Aida Mollenkamp will prepare a healthy Thanksgiving feast for the trainers and past season contestants on The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?
Mollenkamp, a chef, television personality and food writer, has a holistic approach to cooking delicious dishes for her friends and family. Following graduation from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, she moved to Europe, where she trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Since then, Mollenkamp has worked at several restaurants and hotels in the United States, from the California Pizza Kitchen to Hotel Bel-Air, in Los Angeles, California.
In addition to her experience in the hospitality industry, Mollenkamp has been an editor for CHOW Magazine, a host on Food Network and Cooking Channel and is writing a cookbook due out in Fall 2012. No matter what she is doing though, one thing is for sure: she’s usually thinking about food. On the Cooking Channel’s foodCrafters, Mollenkamp leaves the kitchen to discover the best handmade foods from around the nation.
Whether she’s cooking a feast for national television or an intimate dinner for friends and family, Mollenkamp has a holistic approach to cooking wholesome, healthy foods with fresh, sustainable ingredients. (more…)
The Revolution will be a daytime talk show focusing on health and lifestyle transformations. The show was created by the same successful team that has brought viewers multiple seasons of NBC’s The Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington will join a star studded cast of hosts in this new series. Tim Gunn of Project Runway and famous fitness expert Harley Pasternak are among the roster for this new inspiring show.
Season 11 Biggest Loser winner Olivia Ward and her sister Hannah Curlee will soon be appearing on a new CW talk show, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers. Premiering on September 19, the daytime talk show will be hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, a board certified internist and relationship expert. The show will cover a range of physical and mental health topics, including weight loss.
Right now, the show is looking for New York area families who want to lose weight together. Hannah and Olivia will join with a registered dietician, a fitness trainer and Dr. Drew to help one family lose weight together. “We’re going to be there from the beginning, listening, teaching, and going along for their journey step by step,” Olivia told DietsInReview. “We’ll act as mentors in the realms of fitness and health, but we’ll most importantly be there for the family as confidants.”
Hannah and Olivia can certainly empathize with anyone who wants to lose weight. “Weight loss is such an emotional and life changing process, sometimes people just need to know there’s someone they can talk to and consult for advice, that understands how hard it is, what they’re going through, and is on their team to help them succeed,” said Olivia.