USA Network is bringing back NBC’s hit weight-loss competition series The Biggest Loser, with a holistic approach. The 10-episode season from Endemol Shine North America and Universal Television Alternative Studio is expected to premiere on USA Network in 2020. The announcement was made as part of NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation Monday in New York City.
The revamped version of the iconic series will feature men and women competing not only to lose weight but to improve their overall well-being. Each episode will feature a TBA team of experts including a trainer, chef and life coach who will help guide the contestants as they embark on the biggest transformations of their lives.
“At NBCUniversal, we know the power of impactful content that connects with audiences on an emotional level, and USA is the perfect home for an iconic franchise like The Biggest Loser which does just that,” said Mark Miller, EVP Ad Sales at NBCUniversal. “We are confident that these incredible stories of transformation will resonate with viewers and advertisers alike.”
USA Network is bringing back The Biggest Loser
The cable channel will launch a new version of The Biggest Loser with a 10-episode run in 2020. The show ran for 17 seasons on sister network NBC, last airing in 2016.
The pickup of The Biggest Loser, announced at NBCUniversal's upfront presentation Monday, follows USA's reboot of Temptation Island, which performed solidly during its inaugural run and has been renewed for a second season.
"We're re-imagining The Biggest Loser for today’s audiences, providing a new holistic, 360-degree look at wellness, while retaining the franchise’s competition format and legendary jaw-dropping moments," said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network and Syfy. "USA's recent reboot of Temptation Island brought both new and younger viewers to the network, and we’re excited to add another big, buzzy show to our growing unscripted lineup."
Like its NBC predecessor, USA's Biggest Loser will feature men and women competing to see who can shed the most weight. The new version will also aim to help contestants "improve their overall well-being," with each episode featuring experts including a trainer, a chef and a life coach helping contestants. Casting will be announced later.
With USA losing its two WWE Smackdown franchises to Fox in the fall, the network has been ramping up its unscripted development. The Biggest Loser joins Temptation Island, Chrisley Knows Best and spinoff Growing Up Chrisley, Miz and Mrs. and the upcoming docuseries The Radkes in the network's reality stable.
The Biggest Loser is produced by Endemol Shine North America in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio. Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Georgie Hurford-Jones executive produce for Endemol Shine; Biggest Loser creator David Broome, Todd Nelson and J.D. Roth are also EPs.
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