NBC orders another 'The Biggest Loser,' announces casting tour
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/11/2008
NBC has announced it's renewed The Biggest Loser for a sixth season that will follow the same "couples" format as the show's currently-airing fifth installment.
"The current Couples season of The Biggest Loser has been one of the best and most compelling so far in this important franchise," said NBC executive Craig Plestis. "We look forward to continuing to inspire and entertain viewers with more remarkable and life-changing weight loss stories."
The Biggest Loser's sixth-season 13-city casting tour will commence on February 16 with stops in Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Miami, Columbus, Suffolk, Las Vegas, Mesa and Los Angeles -- all of which producers have deemed to be America's "fattest cities."
Similar to the show's currently-airing The Biggest Loser: Couples edition, any two contestants with a pre-existing relationship -- including family members, spouses, dating or engaged couples, coworkers, former teammates or athletes, best friends and college students -- will be eligible to compete as a sixth-season "couple."
"It has been so satisfying to watch this franchise continue to grow," said executive producer JD Roth, "and Season 6 will be another opportunity to tell powerful, transformative stories of Americans getting their lives back in a healthy, positive way."
Alison Sweeney will reprise her role as The Biggest Loser's host for the show's sixth installment, which will also include trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. No mention was made of Kim Lyons, who replaced Michaels as the Red Team's trainer prior to the show's third season but was replaced by Michaels for the show's fifth edition.
Prior to its fifth edition which premiered last month, all of The Biggest Loser's previous editions had aired as part of the network's fall schedule. Its sixth edition is likely to air this fall, according to an NBC spokesperson.
"The Biggest Loser has become a year-round success story for NBC," said executive producer Mark Koops. "We're excited to continue making great primetime TV while inspiring and motivating millions of Americans to live healthier lives."
Interested applicants for The Biggest Loser 6 must be at least 18 years of age and legal U.S. residents. Additional information is available via NBC's website.