'Loser,' 'D-List' get more love at NBC Uni

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Two unscripted series have been picked up for another cycle by NBC Universal networks.

NBC has ordered a fourth season of reality competition "The Biggest Loser," while Bravo is bringing "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" back for a third season.

"Loser" has faced stiff competition in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot this season, running against ABC's "Lost" and CBS' "Criminal Minds." In its eight weeks to date, "Loser" has averaged 7.4 million viewers and a 3.1 rating/8 share among adults 18-49, improving NBC's performance in the hour by 40% over last year, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

" 'The Biggest Loser' is a valuable franchise and proven competitor in a very challenging time period," NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. "The producing team has come up with unique ways to keep the series fresh, and we anticipate the next cycle will continue to produce life-changing results for the contestants and jaw-dropping reveals for the viewers."

In the current cycle, contestants from all 50 states are competing for the $250,000 top prize. Hosted by Caroline Rhea, the show is heading to its live, two-hour season finale Dec. 13.

"Loser," from Reveille Llc., 25/7 Prods. and 3 Ball Prods., is executive produced by Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Mark Koops.

Bravo has ordered six new episodes of Griffin's "D-List" to air in 2007. The one-hour series, which chronicles the comedian's daily adventures, was nominated for an Emmy this year.

"Kathy's unique style of comedy is brilliantly showcased with this series, and the new season will continue to show her D-list life in hilarious Technicolor, and her daily struggle to move up the celebrity food chain," Bravo executive vp programming and production Frances Berwick said.

"D-List" is produced by Picture This Prods. with Marcia Mule, Brian Scott, Lisa M. Tucker and Griffin executive producing.
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