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BIGGEST LOSER, THE [EPISODE TITLE CHANGE]
Air Date: Monday, February 18, 2013
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:01 PM EST on NBC
Episode Title: (#1408-120) "BE YOURSELF"
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"THE BIGGEST LOSER"

(X) "BE YOURSELF"

02/18/2013 (08:00PM - 10:01PM) (Monday) : PLAYERS WORK TOGETHER FOR CHANCE TO WIN IMMUNITY FOR ALL -- The players learn they'll have the chance to win immunity for all this week if they lost a collective 70 pounds. They have a chance to shave 10 pounds off their total with the help of returning kid participants Biingo, Lindsay and Sunny, whose brains and brawn are tested in a pop challenge. With emotions and tensions at an all-time high, this week's theme of "working together" might be a tougher challenge than losing the amount of weight that will keep them all safe for another week. Two contestants clash, as do Jillian and one of the players that she feels is not performing at the level she should be. But all the contestants will have to work together in an exhaustive sand-digging challenge that could give them another weigh-in advantage. And the trainers and players participate together in an intense team-building challenge, forcing them all to rely on and trust one another. Also this week, Subway's Jared stops by for lunch and a pep talk, and Jillian and the kids sign Seventeen's "Body Peace Treaty," encouraging self-esteem and body acceptance, before a tension-filled weigh-in reveals whether they'll all be safe - or have to send another player home.

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BIGGEST LOSER, THE (NBC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
10/19/04 - ???
STATUS:
on hiatus or fate to be determined
TIME SLOT:
completed airing its current season
CURRENT SEASON:
15 (15 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
completed airing its 15th season on 2/4/14; has yet to be renewed for a 16th season
DESCRIPTION:
(from NBC's press release, September 2013) Fifteen inspiring contestants - including the show's first celebrity player, Ruben Studdard, an uplifting "Second Chances" theme and fun, new creative elements ignite season 15 of NBC's popular series "The Biggest Loser," premiering Tuesday, October 8 (8-9 p.m. ET). Alison Sweeney hosts the series featuring charismatic trainers Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels and Dolvett Quince, who have helped contestants lose over 26,600 pounds collectively during 14 seasons of the motivational show. On the trainer side, new creative elements are being introduced this season that give Bob, Jillian and Dolvett more powerful roles. For the first time ever in the show's history, trainers sat in on casting sessions and helped select the new contestants. Also, the trainers will be empowered with a "trainer save" in season 15, allowing each one to save one eliminated contestant from going home. In addition, "The Biggest Loser" will start the season with one-hour telecasts on Tuesdays (8-9 p.m.). There may be selected two-hour telecasts as it moves closer to its Feb. 4 finale.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Alison Sweeney as Host
· Bob Harper as Trainer
· Dolvett Quince as Trainer
· Jillian Michaels as Trainer
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Anna Kournikova as Trainer
· Brett Hoebel as Trainer
· Cara Castronuova as Trainer
· Caroline Rhea as Host
· Kim Lyons as Trainer
CREW INFORMATION:
· Ben Silverman as EP
· Dave Broome as EP
· Eden Gaha as EP
· J.D. Roth as EP
· Lisa Hennessy as EP
· Todd A. Nelson as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· 25/7 Productions
· Shine America