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The Biggest Loser Season 18? The network has not made a decision yet

Release Date of #BiggestLoser S18: To be announced
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The Biggest Loser is a weight-loss reality show that needs no introduction. The American show has been running for over 12 years now and still gets a decent-sized audience.

It all began back in 2004 when the show debuted on October 19 and was hosted by Caroline Rhea, along with Kim Lyons and Alison Sweeney. You might ask, “what is the point of a weight-loss reality show?”, but if it is turned into a contest, that is a whole different story.

#BL is not your everyday documentary-like reality show, as it presents contests of overweight people who attempt to lose weight with the help of star trainers like Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels. Reality shows often tend to hide some ‘fake’ elements that the audience can easily spot, but BL is not commonly known for such. You have direct evidence for the contestants to actually go through a process which ends up in some significant weight-loss.

The Beginning 

As mentioned earlier, the show started back in 2004 when the premiere appeared on NBC and was an instant hit. The first season arrived with twelve great episodes that each ran for 43 minutes. The initial state of the show already hinted that it was going to be a great fusion of reality and game-show genres. The show was originally created by David Broome, Mark Koops and Benjamin Silverman, joined by writer Trace Slobotkin. The directing role was first taken by Brian Smith, but others also played this role later on.

The first episode already revealed the whole nature of the show, with 12 contestants split into two teams with their separate assigned trainers who battled each other in the amount of weight given off.

The first season received some great feedback from fans, but a few sceptical ones believed that the statistics were unrealistic, and perhaps did not believe in the achievements of the contestants.

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The Present and Future of #BiggestLoser 

BL has been pumping out episodes for 12 years and has recently launched the 17th season in January 2016. Seventeen seasons is definitely a significant amount and NBC does not seem to be having the slightest idea of cancelling the show anytime soon. Bob Harper has just become the new host of the show, after being a trainer for 16 seasons. Along with that, plenty of major changes also occurred in the show, including a variety of new locations like the house and the gym.

The latest season revolves around eight pairs, sixteen contestants who once again compete against each other in losing weight. Regardless of some not so great IMDb ratings, the show is highly popular, but perhaps, has a slightly limited viewer base  because of the topic.

The 17th season features trainers Jennifer Widerstrom and Dolvett Quince who are responsible for the two competing sides. The directing role has been acquired by Neil DeGroot who is partly known for The Ultimate Ultimate Challenge and Endurance 5: High Sierras.

The future of #BiggestLoser seems quite evident. It will most likely run for several years to come unless NBC decides to shut it down, but that is not probable. Season 18 will probably commence this fall, bringing a brand new set of contestants who

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are willing to lose some significant weight. Season 17 concludes in February and the following season should be announced before the summer.

The main place to watch #BL is on NBC, but some countries also have it with a delay in seasons. If you like the reality show genre and do not mind some competition, or perhaps need some good tips on losing weight, then The Biggest Loser might just be the right show to watch.


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Tom
Tom
9 months 18 days ago

“It all began back in 2004 when the show debuted on October 19 and was hosted by Caroline Rhea, along with Kim Lyons and Alison Sweeney.”

Caroline Rhea was the host for the first three seasons, followed by Alison Sweeney and most recently, Bob Harper. Kim Lyons was a trainer for one season, but was never a host.

Nanci
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Nanci
5 months 6 days ago

Tom, you are partially correct. Kim Lyons was never the host but she did train for TWO seasons, one with Bob Harper and one with both Bob and Jillian Michaels and then she was (thankfully) gone.

Bonnie
Bonnie
9 months 12 days ago

I love biggest loser. My girlfriends and I watch it together. We are trying to lose weight and this show gets us motivated. Please have a season 18

Carol
Carol
9 months 5 days ago

I love this show I never miss it? Please keep it on

Brenda
Brenda
9 months 4 days ago

Can’t wait does the next season

Joseph Woodbury
Joseph Woodbury
3 months 11 days ago

It doesn’t look like there is going to a next season because the pinheads at NBC can’t come to a decision!

Brenda LaFontaine
Brenda LaFontaine
9 months 4 days ago

Please don’t cancel this show

Julia Ousley
Julia Ousley
8 months 28 days ago

We need the biggest loser i have them on fb but never see anything.if nbc dont want you try TLC ABC CBS

Joseph Woodbury
Joseph Woodbury
4 months 11 days ago

I wish NBC would give it to somebody. This is ridiculous!!!

Maryann MacDonald
Maryann MacDonald
8 months 21 days ago

My favorite show I gone from 230 to 200pounds I love this show!!!!! Its keeping me on my toes. Please don’t cancel it!!!! I have learned so much from watching it.

Wanda Eaken
Wanda Eaken
8 months 20 days ago

This show is an inspiration. I lost 60 pounds and have not gained it back. I love this show.

Trevor
Trevor
8 months 20 days ago

Can someone from Australia join the next season.

Karen
Karen
8 months 18 days ago

Please don’t cancel!!!

M Kuhle
M Kuhle
8 months 18 days ago

Please renew, the show is such a motivator. I watch it religiously.

Diane
Diane
8 months 18 days ago

I have watched this show from day one! It’s the only show that I look forward to watching in the fall! Please don’t cancel the show! Please!!

Boris
Boris
8 months 16 days ago

It doesn’t look good for a new season. Summer is over and no casting. Looks like season 17 might be the last. I love the show but is has been cut down to nothing. Season 17 was a meager 6 weeks long. What a shame.

Connie Powell
Connie Powell
7 months 28 days ago

I didn’t bother watching 17 because 16 made me loose interest they cut out to much and then it went to fast..I liked the show when there was a little drama between the teams but the last few seasons they all might as well held onto each others hands

Kamia
Kamia
8 months 16 days ago

Please don’t cancel I loved this show, it’s a inspiration too alot of people who is struggling to lose weight in it gives out motivation to those who wanna physically in wants to keep there mentally together.

Pamela J
Pamela J
8 months 8 days ago

This show has helped me stay motivated by letting me know I am not alone! Please don’t cancel this show is all inspiring for so many!!

Juliana Bernard
Juliana Bernard
8 months 7 days ago

Please don’t cancel the show, it’s the best reality show of all time

Maureen Parmenter
Maureen Parmenter
8 months 6 days ago

I would like to see this show come on earlier in the evening.

Rita
Rita
8 months 6 days ago

I love this show. It helps me to stay motivated.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
8 months 4 days ago

Please do not Cancel I love this show so much. I look forward to this every year please have a Biggest Loser Season 18

Abel Flores
Abel Flores
8 months 3 days ago

Yes this is an awesome show bring back the original trainers and it will do much better

Connie Powell
Connie Powell
7 months 28 days ago

After Jillian left the show started going down hill

Carla
Carla
7 months 29 days ago

Very motivating, please do not cancel.

Connie Powell
Connie Powell
7 months 28 days ago

The last season was to fast and you didn’t show all the challenges like you use to do I have found it boring and not motivating anymore

Meadow Lane
Meadow Lane
4 months 19 days ago

Don’t talk about the show like that. You’re complaining about the season going to fast and them not showing enough challenges. This show has saved people’s lives.

Connie Powell
Connie Powell
7 months 28 days ago

After Jillian Michaels left the show gradually started going downhill 0 original trainers are left to train

Alice Snodgrass
Alice Snodgrass
7 months 24 days ago

Have always loved show, but, recently it has gone downhill . I don’t like Bob as host at all. He’s a trainer. We are losing a healthy significant trainer in favor of a host position anyone could do.

Julie
Julie
7 months 23 days ago

VERY INSPIRING SHOW TO MANY PEOPLE– LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER SEASON SOON!!!

B Peterson
B Peterson
7 months 22 days ago

Oh please please don’t cancel, it is an awesome show and is very inspiring

Bob
Bob
7 months 22 days ago

We love this show. Even our 4 year old granddaughter likes it. Please don’t cancel.

Nimat-Ayesha
Nimat-Ayesha
7 months 22 days ago

Me and myb2 daughters live watching. Please don’t cancel

Claire Kirouac
Claire Kirouac
7 months 20 days ago

Please do not cancel

N/A
N/A
7 months 19 days ago

OBESITY DEAFS JOIN BIGGEST LOSER

Betsy
Betsy
7 months 17 days ago

I always look forward to this show as it motivates me to do better. Please don’t cancel this show. It really does help us that need the motivation to keep going.

Cissy
Cissy
7 months 13 days ago

I have been watching this show since the first season and I love it. I think a good idea would be to bring back previous biggest loser contestants who have gained the weight back and let them all compete against each other again. A biggest losers pass losers show.

Disgusted
Disgusted
7 months 12 days ago

I’m shocked the show might still go on when almost every contestants end up gaining most of the weight back. Research has disproven this type of rapid fire weight loss as being extremely dangerous and counterproductive. Biggest Loser is essentially challenging the body to awaken the “famine response” within every one of us. As soon as the show ends, the body fights back to “survive.” There’s already enough evidence to show that all of the contestants ended up with permenant ultra low metabolic rate and incredible appetite. The only healthy way to lose and keep weight off is 10-20 lbs per year over several years through modest daily activities and slow and gradual calorie reduction. No, you can’t make a show like that. But to continue with this show with the research available is pure malice and malpractice.

jane
jane
6 months 20 days ago

i love that show don’t watch if you don’t like it

Disgusted
Disgusted
6 months 20 days ago

I understand the show has its appeal. But it has been proven to be permanently damaging to one’s health as well as a near 100% long term failure rate.

It is literally medical malpractice to continue on. Just watch the lawsuits rolling in if they decide to move forward with another season now that the truth is out.

Boso
Boso
6 months 9 days ago

Don’t watch the show then DAH

Mendi
Mendi
7 months 10 days ago

I also love this show I’ve been watching since season 4 please do not cancel bring back Jillian she also use to be obese n she knows what it takes to get thru to some of the contestants that want to give up

Robert
Robert
7 months 10 days ago

Please bring back Alison, I like Bob but not as the host..

Jack
Jack
7 months 7 days ago

I hope this show continues to inspire and help people lose weight and create a better life for everyone through exercise and eating healthy! Keep up the good work! I love the show!

Cynthia Bosque
Cynthia Bosque
7 months 5 days ago

I watched season 17 and I was motivated to exercise again. Been struggling with weight all my life and this show has encouraged me.

Judy Rosario
Judy Rosario
7 months 3 days ago

I enjoy the show, I love the transformation of the people, how everybody get involve as a family. I always look forward for Monday nights. If you cancel this show the network really do not know how many viewer’s they affecting.

Lois Schleiger
Lois Schleiger
7 months 3 days ago

Lost 50 lbs many years ago and this show keeps my motivated, and reminded of the benefits I got from that. The health tips are awesome.

Alice Snodgrass
Alice Snodgrass
7 months 2 days ago

Back to basics. Jillian, Bob and Dilvetic or however you spell it. Alison if possible. BOB is a terrible host

Betsy B
Betsy B
7 months 2 days ago

Rather anyone knows it our not this has became a motivator for a lot of us. Please continue

Rachel Platt
Rachel Platt
7 months 2 days ago

Find a host and make Bob a trainer ago. He was a really good trainer because he is one, not a good host because he isnt one. I am OK without Jillian because the gal there now is good. Doublet, yummy. If Bob won’t step down to trainer again. Bye Bob.

Susan
Susan
7 months 23 hours ago

Looking forward to it — especially now that Bob is the MC!!!

David Safwat Shohdy
David Safwat Shohdy
6 months 29 days ago

When will start the new season?

Debbie
Debbie
6 months 29 days ago

Love biggest loser! I really liked it better when Allison hosted, and bob was full time trainer!

jean
jean
6 months 26 days ago

were will it be in canada or usa

Chelsea
Chelsea
6 months 25 days ago

I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!! TEAM DOLVETT 4 LYFE

Jesse Sherk
Jesse Sherk
6 months 23 days ago

In my opinion, The Biggest Loser is the best program on tv. It is the only show I dedicate my attention to.

MaryAnne
MaryAnne
6 months 22 days ago

Of all the shows out there, I love this one. It inspires people to get up and try. It gives people hope.

Irene middleton
Irene middleton
6 months 19 days ago

I have been watching from the very first season. I love the show. I eagerly await the new season every year. Really love the show.

Connie Powell
Connie Powell
7 months 28 days ago

Sweeney was off the show because she gained just a few pounds u can’t tell by looking at her ..the show is a flop now I stopped at season 16 I was disappointed after that season

Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson
7 months 6 days ago

The U.S. has a huge problem with obesity. The Biggest Loser helps keep us aware of the importance of continously trying to get US healthy. I know the bottom is ratings and money so I want to thank you for the number of times the show has been on.

Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson
7 months 6 days ago

The U.S. has a huge problem with obesity. The Biggest Loser helps keep us aware of the importance of continuously trying to get US healthy. I know the bottom line is ratings and money so I want to thank you for the number of times the show has been on.

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