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EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION*
Air Date: Sunday, June 03, 2012
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#201-120) "Tony"
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SEASON PREMIERE

IN THE SEASON 2 OPENER OF ABC'S "EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS EDITION" ON SUNDAY, JUNE 3, NEWLY-ENGAGED TONY WANTS TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE HIS WEDDING´┐ŻAND HE'S NEARLY 400 POUNDS

During His Dramatic Journey Tony Faces Homelessness, An Unexpected Death and Relationship Changes

"Tony" -- Overweight for as long as he can remember, Tony attributes his nutritionally unhealthy lifestyle and food addiction to an unstable family life throughout his childhood. He had worked in food service management most of his career, but quit when he decided his weight had gotten out of control. Now, at 49 years of age, Tony's weight is teetering on the 400 lb. mark, causing him to be jobless and threatening his future with his fianc´┐Że. Without the help of transformational specialist, trainer and bestselling author Chris Powell, Tony fears he will never get his weight and food addiction under control. At the start of his year-long transformation, he learns from Dr. Terry Schaack at the California Health and Longevity Institute that, since he carries the majority of his fat on his abdomen, he is at high risk for a variety of cardiovascular complications. With Tony's health at stake, Chris works with him to undo all of the years of unhealthy living that led up to this point. But the road to health is rougher than Chris had anticipated for his client: During his 12-month journey, Tony faces homelessness, the unexpected death of a beloved family member and a change in his engagement, all while taking on the race of his life to regain his health before his 50th birthday. Find out what happens on the Season Premiere of "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," SUNDAY, JUNE 3 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The hit series "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" returns for Season 2 as Chris Powell documents the amazing makeover of eight courageous, "super obese" people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. In each of the eight stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants, whose ages range from 19 to 50 years, undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. By assuring that the participants have the proper nourishment and exercise movement, Powell provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. He guides each of the eight participants through their transformation process by moving into their homes with their families or loved ones. This season WalMart is a partner/sponsor, and at the end of each episode will award each participant with a truly life-changing gift to help support their new healthy lifestyle. The upcoming season is filled with remarkable and eye-opening changes, including one participant who loses a staggering 142 pounds in the first 90 days, while still another will lose a grand total of 281 pounds over the year. In a show of support, one participant's family challenge themselves to lose 500 pounds together. In 2012 Chris Powell became a bestselling author when his Hyperion book, Choose to Lose, hit No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

During its first season, "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" drew an average audience of 6.3 million viewers and beat its network rivals in its time period across all key Adult demographics (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54). In addition, the ABC unscripted series ranked as the No. 1 TV show in its hour on each of its 8 first-run telecasts in the key Women demos (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). The new show improved its time slot for ABC by double-digit percentages year to year with Total Viewers (+17%) and Adults 18-49 (+10%).

From the producers of "The Biggest Loser" and "MasterChef," "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus and Brant Pinvidic. The series is produced by 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA.

"Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

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