The folks at Entertainment Weekly are talking about a new addition to ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” family. First they carved people up like turkeys, put them on crash diets, and then whirled them past stylists, hair dressers, and makeup artists. Then they booted families out of their homes, demolished them, and rebuilt something quick and grand complete with lots of theme rooms. Now the franchise is slowing down and follow the overweight for a full year.
Each hour-long episode will follow one participant over 365 days. A film crew will record the challenges of shedding more than 100 pounds. Participants will be in their home environment trying to make the changes as they go about their daily lives. It will be their regular routine except for that film crew tagging along behind. ABC is pleased enough with the early results they have already ordered a second season before the show’s March 2011 debut.
I like this idea. It’s ABC’s answer to “The Biggest Loser” but hopefully with a much higher dose of reality. Losing weight sucks. Losing a lot of weight really sucks. Losing weight at home with all the same temptations and obligations really, really sucks. I’m sure there will be triumph and heartache. I’m a wuss so I’m sure I’ll be tearing up, but I’m glad a show like this is coming out.
I look forward to hearing the participants speak as they work through their struggles and I hope it provides a lot of advice on journaling, food portions, exercise, and the like. I want it to be inspiring, gritty, and real.
I don’t have my head in the clouds though. I’m willing to bet that ABC was inspired since “The Biggest Loser” is likely the most profitable show for NBC. The Peacock pays their stars fairly well, but everything else is relatively cheap. Their primetime advertising is huge revenue to be sure, but I’m willing to bet they make more on their online membership website and all the books and DVDs available for sale now. I’m sure ABC is hoping for similar action over time.
If you’d like to know more, check out Why the Fitness Industry Isn’t in Love with The Biggest Loser.
What do you think? Would you watch a show that followed one person for a year as they try to lose 100+ pounds? What do you want the show to highlight?