The Biggest Loser

I knew this day was coming… yep, as you may have already read today Jillian Michaels is returning to The Biggest Loser after a two-year absence. But will Jillian’s return turn around the troubled weight loss show?

Of course you all know how I feel about NBC’s hit weight loss show –  The Biggest Loser just isn’t the same without Jillian. I’ve come to realize that the combination of Bob and Jillian is a unique partnership that cannot be matched or duplicated (although I think me being thrown in the mix would be dynamite!). We’ve seen many others try; Kim Lyons, Brad and Cara and most recently the embarrassing Anna Kournikova. All have failed miserably. Sure Dolvet is still around but I don’t really see him in the same light as the show’s two pioneers.

The show is heading into its 14th season and ratings have been on the slide for a while now. Is it a coincidence that ratings dropped right when Jillian left? Or are people just getting tired of seeing obese people lose remarkable amounts of weight? Truthfully I think it’s due to Jillian’s absence and I’d bet ratings will once again soar come the show’s premiere this January. And the show has a few changes lined up as well. I read on InsideTV.com that TEENAGERS will now be part of the teams, although they can’t get voted off and they also don’t have the opportunity to win the $250,000 prize. Details are sketchy but it should be interesting to see how they integrate these new contestants into the field of play.

Two years ago I sent a batch of ideas to the producers of the show explaining how I thought they could do a better job – make the show a bit more real and give the contestants a better chance at true lifestyle change. In essence I told them they could do better.

Needless to say I never heard from them. That said it seems that the show’s general direction has become much more realistic in recent years. Contestants now spend a good portion of time at home, prepare their own meals and in general are far more prepped for when they leave the show. Those are things I like to see and I think better for the viewing public.

You know when I go back and think about my initial thoughts of the show I can admit that I was a bit harsh, especially towards Jillian. Much of what I felt was based solely on what I had seen on TV and we all know reality TV isn’t exactly real all the time. But I also can’t deny that it’s also turned millions of people ONTO fitness and given those with no hope a new sense of direction and passion. That has to be a good thing.

As you may recall I met Bob Harper at his recent Skinny Rules book signing (see my post below) and after a brief chat with him I know his heart is in the right place. He genuinely cares. And I’ve been following Jillian since her exit and she too is made up of much more than what you see on the show. She is extremely active outside of the show promoting health, awareness, fitness, and even has strong opinions when it comes to government and food. Knowing what I know about these two, plus the fact that the show has changed a bit, has made me more receptive to the series. In fact I’ll be tuning in to see what they’ve got up their sleeves for this season.

Will the twists and turns along with Jillian’s return be enough to save the show and boost ratings? I don’t know. I have a few ideas of my own that I think would be great, but until the producers give me a call and let me whip some Biggest Loser butt, I’m not sharing anything! Ha ha!

So will you be watching season 14 of the Biggest Loser? And do you think Jillian’s return will turn things around for the series? Comment away…

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