'Geek' will air between CW's two cycles of 'Top Model'
The CW has found a home for “Beauty and the Geek,” while NBC is prepping another season of “The Biggest Loser.”“Beauty and the Geek,” which moves to the CW from its former WB home, returns for a third season with a two-hour debut on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. “Beauty” then will settle into the 8 p.m. slot — currently home to “America’s Next Top Model” — the following week with a regular one-hour seg. Alternative series also will repeat on Sundays at 9 p.m. That means “Beauty” will serve as a bridge between the CW’s two cycles of “Top Model,” which returns after “Beauty” ends its run. “Beauty and the Geek” pairs eight socially challenged geniuses with eight academically flawed stunners as they compete in a variety of challenges for a $250,000 prize. The show’s second season scored the WB’s top marks last season among adults 18-34. Fox 21, Katalyst Films and 3 Ball Prods. are behind “Beauty and the Geek,” which comes from exec producers Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg, Nick Santora, J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson. Along with Reveille and 25/7 Prods., 3 Ball is also a producer on “The Biggest Loser.” Peacock opted to greenlight a fourth season after the show managed to improve the ratings of its Wednesday 9 p.m. slot by 40% in the current season vs. what aired there last year. “The Biggest Loser” is a “valuable franchise and proven competitor in a very challenging time period,” said NBC Entertainment prexy Kevin Reilly. The weight loss-themed series focused this season on a 50-state competition, with several contestants losing more than 100 pounds. “Biggest Loser” will conclude its third season Dec. 13 with a live finale, with one finalist winning $250,000. Caroline Rhea hosts “The Biggest Loser,” which has spawned a bestselling book, a cookbook and a fitness DVD. Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, Roth, Nelson and Mark Koops exec produce “The Biggest Loser.”