TVLine Items: Jillian Michaels Returns to Biggest Loser, New Normal Finds a Utah Home and More!
The longtime Biggest Loser trainer — who exited the NBC weight-loss series in 2011 — announced Tuesday on Today that she is returning for one very specific reason: the 14th cycle (bowing in January) will address childhood obesity and feature three teenagers on each team.
Said the new mom of Loser‘s latest twist, the teen-testants “are not going to be on the ranch, and they’re not going to be competing.” Rather, “It’s about getting them healthy, using words like ‘healthy.’ We won’t be getting them on a scale; it’s about getting them on a softball team.”
Continued Michaels, “We’re very cognizant of how touchy [childhood obesity] is… And yet, of course, that’s right where I want to be, right in the sweet spot, right in the frying pan. I couldn’t miss an opportunity to be part of it.”
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• The New Normal has found a new home in Utah. The Ogden-based KUCW-TV has picked up the Peacock Network’s fall comedy after Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV announced its refusal to air the Ryan Murphy-produced series about a same-sex couple and their surrogate. The New Normal will now be broadcast on Saturdays at 10/9c, ahead of Saturday Night Live.
• Barry Zuckerkorn is reuniting with the Bluths! Henry Winkler revealed via Twitter that he’ll reprise his role as the inept family attorney in Netflix’s upcoming Arrested Development continuation. “I am supposed to be memorizing an Arrested Development scene with Maybe for today,” he wrote. “Don’t tell anyone I was here OK?????”
• Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay’s Hotel Hell for a second season.
• Marc Anthony will act as a mentor on the upcoming season of The X Factor, TMZ reports. He’s been tapped to assist Simon Cowell’s group of contestants.
• William Petersen may be putting the kibosh on his return to TV. As reported by Deadline, the CSI alum is poised to exit Hurt People, the drama pilot he starred in and exec-produced for Cinemax.
• Join NBC’s Revolution now by watching the new drama’s pilot below. The Eric Kripke-created and J.J. Abrams-produced series debuts in its regular time slot on Monday, Sept. 17 at 10 pm.
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