8:00am PT by Rick Porter
'Biggest Loser' Reboot a Go at USA
USA is putting its weight behind another reality series reboot.
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 WWE Smackdown franchise to Fox in the fall (Monday Night Raw is staying put), 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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