TVLine Items: Idol Champ Joins Biggest Loser, The Sopranos Hits HBO On Demand and More!

The Biggest Loser Cast Ruben StuddardOnetime American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is about to become a loser.

The “Velvet Teddy Bear” will compete on The Biggest Loser‘s upcoming 15th cycle, reports.

Studdard was named Season 2 champion of Fox’s long-running singing competition back in 2003. He has since released five studio albums.

The Biggest Loser bows Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Following James Gandolfini’s sudden passing last month, HBO is making The Sopranos available On Demand. Each season of the mob drama will be posted consecutively for one month at a time, beginning this Monday with Season 1.

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• It’s official: Fred Armisen has (finally) confirmed his Saturday Night Live exit. “I didn’t do any kind of official announcement, but I really felt like it was obvious,” Armisen shared with Splitsider of his final sketch. “An ending that was a love letter to all the music I grew up with, and also to my friends and to SNL and to Lorne [Michaels] and to the cast. There was a lot of emotion attached to it, but it was a very positive emotion.”

* Lifetime’s Anna Nicole on Saturday night drew 3.3 million total viewers, making it the cabler’s most watched original movie since November.

• Netflix has landed the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to New Girl. Season 1 of the Fox comedy will be made available this Monday, with subsequent seasons hitting the streaming site following their broadcast runs.

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• ABC has renewed Extreme Weight Loss for a 13-episode fourth season.

• GSN has picked up its upcoming quiz show The Chase for a second season, prior to its launch on Aug. 6.

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  1. Sad to see Fred Armisen leaving SNL after an amazing 11 years on the show now that he’s continuing his work on Portlandia which is starting Season Four soon on IFC. Jason Sudeikis may still be next to join Armisen and Bill Hader.

  2. Dude says:

    i dont mind fred leaving but if Jason leaves as well and bill gone, the new season will be hard to watch.

  3. filmex2000 says:

    Uhhh, if you have DirecTV, every season of “The Sopranos” has been available on HBO On Demand for roughly a year now.