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February 12, 2014 | By Mary MacVean, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The executive director of the Eating Recovery Center of California, Jennifer Lombardi, says it was no surprise to her that a contestant on “The Biggest Loser” lost a shocking amount of weight - in this case, Rachel Frederickson dieting to less than half her weight. “I have been waiting anxiously for this moment to arrive,” she said a few days later. Lombardi says the NBC reality show “puts people in the bubble” of constant supervision and grueling workouts to win a prize; Frederickson won $250,000 on Feb. 5, setting off a social media firestorm.
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February 12, 2014 | By Mary MacVean, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The executive director of the Eating Recovery Center of California, Jennifer Lombardi, says it was no surprise to her that a contestant on “The Biggest Loser” lost a shocking amount of weight - in this case, Rachel Frederickson dieting to less than half her weight. “I have been waiting anxiously for this moment to arrive,” she said a few days later. Lombardi says the NBC reality show “puts people in the bubble” of constant supervision and grueling workouts to win a prize; Frederickson won $250,000 on Feb. 5, setting off a social media firestorm.
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July 1, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is joining the cast of "The Biggest Loser," becoming the first celebrity to compete on NBC's weight-loss reality show. The balladeer nicknamed "The Velvet Teddy Bear" was crowned the winner of "American Idol" Season 2 in 2003, edging out Clay Aiken in one of the tightest votes in that show's history. Studdard used the win as a platform to launch a singing-and-performing career, and also earned a Grammy nomination. One thing he hasn't been able to tackle?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Viewers may still love Michael J. Fox, but his new sitcom wasn't the comeback he and NBC executives were looking for.  Although "The Michael J. Fox Show" was one of the network's top prospects last fall, the series has been yanked from the Thursday schedule after earning poor ratings and will be replaced by "Hollywood Game Night," a network source said Wednesday. The change was first reported by Vulture. BEST TV OF 2013 Lloyd | McNamara Of course, NBC's entire schedule is about to be pre-empted by the Sochi Olympics that start this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" is back for Season 14. We could talk about Jillian Michael's return on sky-high heels. Or the jaw-dropping moment when Nikki said, "I'm gonna take the door. " Or the fact that T.C. lost 15 pounds in one week and yet was still sent home for not losing enough weight. But, really, there's just one thing to talk about: The kids.  The decision to add three teenagers to the cast this year has been fraught with controversy, condemned sight unseen. The National Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" counts on Jillian Michaels being tough. Her no-nonsense, hands-off-the-treadmill, in-your-face antics make for exceptionally good TV! But is she being too tough, too no-nonsense as she returns to the show? (Put another way: Is she shooting herself in the stiletto?!?) And is the white team paying the price? Granted, the viewer at home is seeing just a sliver of the time that Michaels has spent with her team. And no doubt, we're seeing far more of the screaming, bellowing and ranting side of Michaels because, again, that makes for good TV. But it seemed like Michaels had zero mercy for Nikki and, in the beginning, T.C. and Nathan.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's Tuesday ratings streak is still alive, even with "The Voice" falling a bit with this week's round of live performances.  With "The Voice" and "The Biggest Loser," NBC was the highest-rated network for the seventh Tuesday in a row, drawing a 2.9 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice" -- a strong outing for judge-coach Christina Aguilera's team -- fell 8% to a 3.3 in the young adults demo, but it was still the top-rated telecast in prime time.
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January 20, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
If you are like most Americans, you vowed to lose weight and exercise regularly in 2012. And, if you are like most Americans, you probably have already given up. Well, "Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper would like to get you back on the health-and-fitness path. And he'd like you to do it by talking to your food. And to your treadmill. Actually, he would like you to scream profanities at them. Welcome to Bob Harper's " ... You " diet. (You know what the expletive is, people, but we are not allowed to write it out on our website, so use your imagination.)
HEALTH
November 22, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" are just that - players in a reality show game who are subjected to harsh workouts, screeching coaches and weigh-ins on national television. The role is not for everyone, not even for everyone desperate to lose weight. There is, however, the possibility of an alternative performance; we'll call it "Biggest Loser" lite. The setting? The hills above Malibu. The Biggest Loser Resort is definitely a resort, with lots of wood and glass in the main building nestled among tall evergreens, a hot tub, delicious spa food served by waiters and other amenities.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" producers continue to stay mum in the face of "cheating scandal" headlines. But one person who is talking -- kind of -- says the return of "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is the real deal. Viewers were shocked when this week's weigh-in began with news that trainer Jillian Michaels broke rules by giving her teammates caffeine supplements. As a result, the earlier week's weigh-in was overturned, paving the way for the return of Studdard, the highest profile player ever to take part in NBC's weight-loss reality show.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
Rachel Frederickson, 24, of Los Angeles won the Season 15 title of "The Biggest Loser" and the $250,000 grand prize, but promptly sparked criticism from viewers who say the show went too far by allowing the former competitive swimmer to diet her way down to 105 pounds. Frederickson started the competition at 260 pounds and lost 155 pounds, or 59.62% of her body weight. When the voice-over artist first walked on stage at the finale of NBC's reality weight-loss TV show, she did so to oohs and ahhs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
History's next big miniseries will be titled "World Wars," and as the name suggests, it'll be looking at the 30-year span of time that saw World War I and World War II. History announced the project Wednesday and revealed that the six-part series will air on both History and H2, and be seen in 160 countries around the world, which is more countries than were involved in either of the world wars. The project, which was filmed in both the U.S. and Europe, will feature interviews with Gen. Colin Powell, former British Prime Minister John Major, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and Sen. John McCain, among others.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
Rachel and David in "The Biggest Loser" finale? Saw that one coming. But Bobby?!?! Second chances, indeed. Rachel was all but guaranteed to win the first-ever triathlon staged by the weight-loss reality show, given her strong swimming background. And David is just flat out a stronger and faster competitor than the rest of the field -- and still has a good bit of weight to lose. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Bobby, however, had been eliminated once from the show, and managed to fight his way back in. At times, he'd been called out for not working very hard in the gym. And he came in dead last in the five-person triathlon.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Ruben Studdard is back at "The Biggest Loser" Ranch. Possibly for good. Just one more lucky break for the "American Idol" winner and the most famous contestant the show has ever seen? Maybe Studdard should have bought a Mega Millions ticket. To be sure, such a move is not unprecedented. Remember Ali Vincent, for example? She was eliminated early on in Season 5 but returned to win it all and become one of the most popular ambassadors for the show. Asked to respond to the skepticism, the show released the following statement: "If you've watched 'The Biggest Loser' in previous seasons, you know that this twist of bringing back eliminated contestants to try and win a spot back in the competition is a common one seen in many seasons of the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 24 - 30, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Biggest Loser The contestants load boxes of food for tornado victims in Oklahoma into trucks, and one team wins a Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC The Originals Rebekah (Claire Holt) seeks Father Kieran's (Todd Stashwick)
HEALTH
November 22, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" are just that - players in a reality show game who are subjected to harsh workouts, screeching coaches and weigh-ins on national television. The role is not for everyone, not even for everyone desperate to lose weight. There is, however, the possibility of an alternative performance; we'll call it "Biggest Loser" lite. The setting? The hills above Malibu. The Biggest Loser Resort is definitely a resort, with lots of wood and glass in the main building nestled among tall evergreens, a hot tub, delicious spa food served by waiters and other amenities.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
Rachel and David in "The Biggest Loser" finale? Saw that one coming. But Bobby?!?! Second chances, indeed. Rachel was all but guaranteed to win the first-ever triathlon staged by the weight-loss reality show, given her strong swimming background. And David is just flat out a stronger and faster competitor than the rest of the field -- and still has a good bit of weight to lose. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Bobby, however, had been eliminated once from the show, and managed to fight his way back in. At times, he'd been called out for not working very hard in the gym. And he came in dead last in the five-person triathlon.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
Rachel Frederickson, 24, of Los Angeles won the Season 15 title of "The Biggest Loser" and the $250,000 grand prize, but promptly sparked criticism from viewers who say the show went too far by allowing the former competitive swimmer to diet her way down to 105 pounds. Frederickson started the competition at 260 pounds and lost 155 pounds, or 59.62% of her body weight. When the voice-over artist first walked on stage at the finale of NBC's reality weight-loss TV show, she did so to oohs and ahhs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
"The Biggest Loser" producers continue to stay mum in the face of "cheating scandal" headlines. But one person who is talking -- kind of -- says the return of "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard is the real deal. Viewers were shocked when this week's weigh-in began with news that trainer Jillian Michaels broke rules by giving her teammates caffeine supplements. As a result, the earlier week's weigh-in was overturned, paving the way for the return of Studdard, the highest profile player ever to take part in NBC's weight-loss reality show.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC's Tuesday ratings streak is still alive, even with "The Voice" falling a bit with this week's round of live performances.  With "The Voice" and "The Biggest Loser," NBC was the highest-rated network for the seventh Tuesday in a row, drawing a 2.9 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice" -- a strong outing for judge-coach Christina Aguilera's team -- fell 8% to a 3.3 in the young adults demo, but it was still the top-rated telecast in prime time.
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