And now we know who the real losers on The Biggest Loser are.
People need to stop whining, or get off our damned television.
The world is still reeling from the news that that the queen of daytime television will be abandoning her current talk show at the end of next season. Well, maybe it's just the world of stay-at-home moms and the unemployed that's reeling, but regardless, the question on everyone's minds is: what will Ms. Winfrey do next? While many consider it a given that she'll simply star on a new series on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network, natch), we think that she should set her sights a little higher. Primetime high. Here's our unsolicited job advice for her:
Big Brother started last night, and while we're more than a little bit excited about it, we're slightly skeptical about what twists might lie ahead for us. Big Brother has done us wrong many a time before, so we're worried that this "clique" theme might be a dud. The contestants were selected because they were either popular kids, brainiacs or outcasts or jocks and they'll have to play in their respective teams. Great, it's just like high school all over again. Plus, bringing back a former contestant as the 13th contestant? And that person is Jessie? We're consoling ourselves with the fact that he'll probably be out of the mix in a heartbeat because who'd be silly enough to keep a known quantity around? Anyway, it got us thinking about some other twists on reality shows that turned out to be big old duds.
While this cycle of The Biggest Loser had its share of absurd moments, 526 lb Michael's victory has made us feel justified in watching all 38 hours of the show this season. Even though we were all a little mad at the guy for divvying up the Black and Blue Teams so unevenly, we were still rooting for him, because let's face it: He has a sweet personality, was generally not a game player and went relatively light on the motivational speeches (at least compared to all of the other contestants). In celebration of winning the $250,000 and being this season's Biggest Loser, Michael took a media call and opened up about life on and off the ranch. Below are the highlights.
For a welcome change this fall, the villains of weren't the main focus of our reality TV attention. Instead, there's been a pleasantly surprising number of genuinely nice people on unscripted series that we've really adored - or at the very least that have kept us amused without resorting to scheming or screaming. While we don't usually watch reality shows for sweet folks that we'd actually like to be friends with (or in some cases, adopt and give a loving home to -- we're looking at you, Shambo), these personalities recently wormed their way into our jaded little hearts:
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You guys know trainer Bob from The Biggest Loser, right? The nice one, who never wins because the other trainer screams the fat right off morbidly obese people while he nurtures them and braids their hair? But despite that, no one wants him replaced because he's just too endearing and lovable to lose? Well, he basically snapped last night. It was pretty major. Oxygen should do a Snapped episode on him. The snappee was Joelle, the lazy asshole contestant who doesn't seem to be clear on what the purpose of the show is and is unapologetically ruining it for everyone (except Jillian, who is loving it!). Even though it was an absurdly over-the-top fight on a reality show, it seemed pretty real. And my god, was it satisfying. Because Joelle is seriously a lazy asshole voluntarily participating in a show that requires its participants to be the exact opposite of lazy assholes. Thus the yelling. And the satisfaction.