Show will return sometime midseason
“The Biggest Loser” continues to serve up winning numbers for NBC, which has just greenlit a fifth cycle of the reality skein.Move means “The Biggest Loser” — currently in its fourth edition — will return sometime midseason. NBC has ordered 14 episodes of the next edition, which comes with a twist: For the first time, competitors will be grouped into teams. “Biggest Loser” has been a reliable performer for NBC, launching its fourth cycle on Sept. 11 with a 3.1 rating/9 share among adults 18-49, giving it the top numbers for the night; the second seg last week popped up to a 3.4/9. “ ’The Biggest Loser’ continues to be a top performer and important franchise for NBC,” said Craig Plestis, the net’s exec VP of alternative programming, development and specials. Reveille LLC, 25/7 Prods. and 3 Ball Prods. are behind the show, which follows overweight contestants as they diet and exercise in order to lose the most weight — and win $250,000. Alison Sweeney is the show’s new host. Exec producers include Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, JD Roth, Todd Nelson and Mark Koops.