‘Biggest Loser’: ‘They can all change their lives’

Posted by Kathy Lyford

The Biggest Loser co-creator Mark Koops has answered your weighty questions. 

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Mark (pictured with trainer Bob Harper) is also managing director of television production company Reveille, which produces “The Office,” “The Tudors,” “Ugly Betty” and many other series.

He’s rightfully very proud of “The Biggest Loser,” a series that has changed many lives over its six seasons.

Season seven, “Biggest Loser: Couples,” began last Tuesday. Jerry, the oldest contestant ever, collapsed and was taken to the hospital. He returned to the ranch and is still in the game. And the season features the biggest contestant ever (Daniel) and the biggest female contestant ever (Carla). Producers also unveiled a rather ingenious twist. Of the 22 folks we were introduced to, nine were sent home to continue the program there. Those whose partners are still in the game in a month, will be invited back to the ranch.

Here are you questions and the answers. We’ll have a couple of prize winners this time. I’ll notify them via email. (I apologize if your question was left off; we had some technical issues with our software affecting comments during the week we were compiling questions.)

Q. Why is it that your show has less of the gamesmanship and nastiness than other reality shows? (With the obvious exception of last season’s Vicky, of course.) — Betty 
A. I think it is genuinely because they all want to change their lives. that may sound trite but it is true. the contestants become their own self-help group and one person’s success becomes the group’s success. They recognize that only one person can win the game, but they can all change their lives, change the lives of the ones they love and inspire you, the viewer. 

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