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‘BIGGEST LOSER’ TARGETS FATTEST CITIES

By 02.23.09

Last week, the people behind NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” announced a shake-up to the show’s format: a move from fat-ass partners back to the original every-pig-for-himself competition, with a geographical twist:

Reveille, 3 Ball and 24/7 intend to cast singles for the fall edition of the show from cities topping an annual “Fattest Cities in America” list. The show will explore why those cities are struggling so much, find people who embody such circumstances and challenge the contestant to inspire their city and improve their lives.

“We’re going back to singles and contemplating doing something really unique,” said executive producer J.D. Roth. “We’re going to study fattest cities in America, we’re going to try to cast in those cities and add things into those cities to help them change their ways and to get off that list.”

I’m conflicted about “The Biggest Loser.”  On one hand, it’s nice to see a reality show that actually tries to improve people’s lives by making them healthier, instead of the usual reality model of “exploit and destroy” (See: “Temptation Island”).  On the other hand, it features grotesquely obese people without shirts.  Gross.  I’d way rather watch sexy people destroy their lives.  Like on “Temptation Island.”


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