USA Network is rebooting “The Biggest Loser,” the NBCUniversal cable channel announced Monday at the group’s upfront presentation to advertisers. The 10-episode season is expected to debut on USA in 2020.
The updated weight-loss competition series “will feature a dynamic new team of experts determined to dramatically improve America’s lifespans and waistlines,” per the cable channel. “The revamped version of the iconic NBC hit competition series will feature men and women competing to not only lose weight, but to improve their overall wellbeing. Each episode will feature a 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.”
The experts featured on the series will be announced at a later date, but an individual with knowledge of the reboot tells TheWrap that the lineup will be completely different from the talent who appeared on the original NBC series. The new show will deal not only with weight loss and exercise, but overall wellness, including nutrition, mental health, etc, the individual tells us, with the goal for the new “Biggest Loser” is to help contestants create lifestyle changes, not just to lose weight.
Based on a format created by David Broome, the “Biggest Loser” reboot hails from Endemol Shine North America, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Georgie Hurford-Jones serving as executive producers for Endemol. Todd Nelson, JD Roth and Broome also are executive producers.
“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,” Mark Miller, executive vice president of ad sales at NBCUniversal, said. “We are confident that these incredible stories of transformation will resonate with viewers and advertisers alike.”
“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,” Chris McCumber, the president of entertainment networks USA Network & SYFY, said. “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.”