or


[12/03/12 - 08:02 AM]
Fifteen Determined Adults and Three Inspiring Kids Commit to Getting Healthy and Changing Their Lives Forever When "The Biggest Loser" Returns
Plus: childhood obesity expert and pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff joins the new season, premiering Sunday, January 6.

[via press release from NBC]

FIFTEEN DETERMINED ADULTS AND THREE INSPIRING KIDS COMMIT TO GETTING HEALTHY AND CHANGING THEIR LIVES FOREVER WHEN "THE BIGGEST LOSER" RETURNS WITH A MUST-SEE, TWO-NIGHT PREMIERE EVENT ON JANUARY 6 (9-11 P.M. ET) AND JANUARY 7 (8-10 P.M. ET)

Plus, Childhood Obesity Expert and Pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff Joins "The Biggest Loser" Team

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - December 3, 2012 - In a season unlike any other, NBC's "The Biggest Loser" takes on child obesity by featuring kid participants for the first time ever on the show, joining 15 fiercely determined adults eager to lose weight and change their lives forever in a must-see, two-night premiere event on Sunday, January 6 (9-11 p.m. ET) and Monday, January 7 (8-10 p.m. ET). And joining "The Biggest Loser" team to help the kids get healthy in season 14 will be childhood obesity expert and pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff.

New mother Jillian Michaels is also back, ready to whip contestants into shape with her tough-as-nails, no nonsense approach, alongside returning trainers and top fitness experts Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. Alison Sweeney hosts the series.

With the childhood obesity epidemic at an alarming, all-time high, jeopardizing the health of kids and future generations, "The Biggest Loser" is committed to tackling this critical issue by featuring children this season to serve as ambassadors of change who can inspire kids all over the country to get healthy. The focus for the kids will be on getting healthy rather than numbers on a scale, so they will not be eligible for elimination and will not weigh in on camera. They will work at both the ranch and at home, and their progress will be featured in every episode.

The show's three kid participants will be 13-year-old Noah "Biingo" Gray, who aspires to be a professional baseball player and describes himself as a "skinny kid trying to get out of a fat teenager's body"; 16-year-old Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar, who juggles Advanced Placement classes and extracurricular activities like singing and tennis, and says that being overweight takes away from her self-confidence and affects every aspect of her life; and 13-year-old Lindsay Bravo, who loved being a cheerleader for two years but gave it up when others started teasing her about her weight, and hopes that by going on the show, she can inspire others to change their lives and get healthy.

This season's 15 contestants will be divided into three teams -- supervised by trainers Harper, Michaels and Quince. Each trainer and team of five adults will be paired with one child participant who will compete with and contribute to their respective teams.

The adult contestants for season 14 of "The Biggest Loser" will include Lisa Rambo, a high school special education assistant and mother of four who wants to be a healthy role model for her children, and hopes to one day open a special needs gym in her community to help her overweight students; 21-year-old Jackson Carter, the show's first openly gay contestant who was bullied both for his weight and his sexuality after coming out at age 14, and now works as a volunteer coordinator for an LGBT youth outreach center, and Joe Ostaszewski, a former high school and college football player who continued to eat like an active football player long after his athletic career was over.

Also competing this season will be 47-year-old attorney, law firm owner and mother of two Gina McDonald, who is very accomplished in her professional life, but has not been able to get control of her lifelong struggle with weight; 51-year-old police officer David Jones, who at 307 pounds is struggling to keep up with the physical demands of his job, and college professor and communications consultant Michael Dorsey, the heaviest contestant this season at 444 pounds, who wants to be a healthy role model for his young son and says. "Losing weight just seems like that impossible mountain that I cannot overcome."

Working closely with the children this season will be Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a childhood obesity expert and pediatrician whose book "Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right" features the child-friendly healthy eating plan the kids will follow. Along with the trainers and the "Biggest Loser" medical staff, the kids will follow an age-appropriate program that will help them get healthy, achieve their personal goals and transform their lives during the course of the season.

Dolgoff is a pediatrician, child obesity specialist, member of the Pediatric Task Force for the American Board of Obesity Medicine and author of "Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right." She is the Medical Director of Camp Shane, the nation's longest-running weight loss camp. Dolgoff, her program, and many of her patients have been featured on NBC's "Today," "Good Morning America," "The Early Show," "Fox & Friends," "Nightline," "700 Club," "Extra," "America's Newsroom," "Inside Edition," as well as CNN, MSNBC, Lifetime and Discovery Health. She has been written about in "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Redbook, Parent Magazine, Parenting, and Shape. Children and teens from 46 different states and 4 countries have lost weight with her online weight loss program (www.GreenLightEatRight.com).

The three kid participants this season are:
Lindsay Bravo (eighth grade), 13, Fillmore, California
Sanjana "Sunny" Chandrasekar (11th grade), 16, Rochester, New York
Noah "Biingo" Gray (eighth grade), 13, New Windsor, Maryland

The new adult contestants competing for the $250,000 will be:
Dannielle "Danni" Allen (Advertising account coordinator), 26, Wheeling, Illinois
Jackson Carter (Volunteer coordinator for LGBT resource center and movie theater assistant manager), 21, Layton, Utah
Nicole "Nikki" Davis (Make-up artist), 26, Chatsworth, California
Michael Dorsey (College professor and communications consultant), 34, Baltimore, Maryland
Pamela Geil (Executive assistant), 43, New York, New York
David Jones (Police officer), 51, Kiefer, Oklahoma
Cate Laughlin (Student), 28, Ransomville, New York
Gina McDonald (Attorney and law firm owner), 47, Hoover, Alabama
Nate Montgomery (Financial advisor), 25, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Francelina Morillo (Student and store manager), 25, Albany, New York
Jeff Nichols (Pharmaceutical representative), 24, Monroe, Michigan
Joe Ostaszewski (Senior sales executive), 43, Williston, Florida
Thomas "TC" Pool (Purchasing manager), 31, Albany, Oregon
Lisa Rambo (High school special education assistant), 37, Houlton, Wisconsin
Alexandra "Alex" Reid (Legal assistant), 24, Carrolton, Texas

"The Biggest Loser" is a production of Shine America, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions. Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, Todd Lubin, Lisa Hennessy, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, JD Roth and Todd A. Nelson are the executive producers.

For embeddable clips and full episodes from "The Biggest Loser," please visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/

Please like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/biggestloser and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/biggestlosernbc





  [december 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· BIGGEST LOSER, THE (NBC)











[10/19/14 - 09:08 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Dominates the Night with Notre Dame/Florida State Matchup
The network's "Saturday Night Football" franchise delivers more than 12 million viewers on average in primetime.

[10/18/14 - 08:39 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Shark Tank" Powers ABC to Top Demo Spot
Plus: the Alphabet's "Last Man Standing" posts week-to-week gains among adults 18-49.

[10/18/14 - 08:34 AM]
"The Blacklist" Grows by 53% in 18-49 and 4.979 Million Viewers Overall Going from Live + Same Day to Live + 3
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, October 13.

[10/18/14 - 08:33 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Hits Three-Week Highs in 18-49 and Total Viewers, With Its Top Results Since September 26
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 17.

[10/18/14 - 08:30 AM]
For the 4th Straight Week, ABC Is #1 on Friday with "Shark Tank" as the Top-Rated Show in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 17.

[10/17/14 - 04:16 PM]
Netflix and Leonardo DiCaprio Partner on Upcoming Documentary "Virunga," Premiering November 7
The film follows an embattled team of park rangers and the endangered mountain gorillas they protect, as they are caught in the crossfire of poachers, militia and industry in Africa's oldest national park.

[10/17/14 - 02:57 PM]
With Live + 3 for Sunday and Replays, "The Affair" Has Been Viewed by 1.68 Million Viewers on the Linear Network
Showtime further spins the numbers for Sunday, October 12.

[10/17/14 - 01:31 PM]
Another Big Audience Sees Giants Win Pennant in Dramatic, Walk-Off Fashion on FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 16.

[10/17/14 - 01:05 PM]
Climb Aboard the "Home Sweet Bus" in New TLC Special
The cable channel hits the road with the musical and mobile Allen family as they perform across the country and live in their home on wheels.

[10/17/14 - 11:29 AM]
A Third-Consecutive Year of Disney XD's "Pranksgiving," a Cornucopia of Fun-Filled Programming, Is Set for November
Highlights include an all-new edition of the hit hidden-camera series "Just Kidding," hosted by multi-talented actor Calum Worthy.

[10/17/14 - 11:24 AM]
Syfy and Chiller Win Five Awards for Creative Design at Prestigious 44th Annual Creativity International Awards
Work on "Helix," "Dominion," "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" and "The Monkey's Paw" were among those honored.

[10/17/14 - 09:56 AM]
A&E's Hit Original Series "Duck Dynasty" Returns for Season 7
The Robertsons embark on a family trip to Scotland in the one-hour season premiere on Wednesday, November 19 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/17/14 - 09:31 AM]
Nat Geo WILD's Fifth Annual "Big Cat Week" Returns with Its Most Jaw-Dropping Lineup Ever
For five years, Nat Geo WILD has turned its lens on these majestic creatures during its annual event to shine a light on their struggle and to remind viewers of their importance in the world.

[10/17/14 - 08:50 AM]
"The Biggest Loser" Hits a Five-Week High in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, October 16.

[10/17/14 - 08:32 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Demos for Sixth Consecutive Week
"Thursday Night Football" once again powers the Eye to the front among adults 18-49.