“THE BIGGEST LOSER: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?” Special Thanksgiving Episode


[Press Release – Released By NBC]

Popular Contestants From The Past Seven Seasons Are Featured, Including Former Winners, Contestants Who Fell In Love On The Show And Those Who Are “Paying It Forward” With New Careers In Health and Wellness

Universal City, Calif. – October 13, 2009 – NBC’s hit series “The Biggest Loser” will catch up with some of the series’ most popular contestants from the past seven seasons in the two-hour special “The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?” airing Wednesday, November 25 (8-10 p.m. ET). Season eight of “The Biggest Loser” airs currently on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

More than 40 contestants from seasons one through seven will be featured, showing how they look now and sharing what they’ve been doing with their lives since being on the show. The special will follow contestants who continue to take on considerable challenges, from running marathons to competing in triathalons, including the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and those pursuing incredible dreams, like season five’s Dan Evans, now a country music singer.

Former players, some of whom will be surprised by visits from trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, will also share major milestones, from getting married to having children. And viewers will get to come along to the wedding of one unforgettable contestant! Plus, a special romance segment will catch viewers up with Matt Hoover and Suzy Preston Hoover from season two, and Amy and Marty Wolff from season three, two couples who met and fell in love while on the show and are now married with children.

Since being on “The Biggest Loser,” many contestants have chosen to “pay it forward” by switching to careers that promote health and wellness, like season four winner Bill Germanakos, now a wellness ambassador for his company who does motivational speaking all over the country. Season seven cousins Filipe and Sione Fa are working toward their certification as personal trainers, and season one’s Drea Baptiste is now a fitness director. Contestants will also share how they’ve inspired friends and family to make healthy changes in their own lives, like season seven “at home” winner, 64-year-old Jerry Hayes and his wife Estella, who have motivated their daughter into losing a staggering 88 lbs.

Viewers will hear firsthand from those who have struggled to maintain their weight loss, like season three winner Erik Chopin, to those who actually weigh less now than they did at their season finales, like season six’s Jerry Skeabeck, once labeled the sickest contestant ever in “Biggest Loser” history. The special will also include home footage of season six winner Michelle Aguilar, season four’s favorite cowboy, David Griffin, season two’s Dr. Jeff Levine and season two’s “at home” winner Pete Thomas, who is seen hosting a mini “Biggest Loser” reunion at his home before a big local event.

Also featured in the special will be season five winner and the first female Biggest Loser, Ali Vincent and her Mom, Bette Sue, season seven winner Helen Phillips and finalists Tara Costa, Ron Morelli and Mike Morelli, and controversial season six player Vicky Vilcan and Mark and Jay Kruger, a popular brother team from season five.

“The Biggest Loser: Where Are They Now?” is a production of Reveille LLC, 25/7 Productions and 3Ball Productions. Ben Silverman (NBC’s “The Office,” “Ugly Betty”), Dave Broome (“A Model Life with Petra Nemcova,” “Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope”), JD Roth (“Age of Love,” “Beauty and the Geek”), Todd A. Nelson (“Unan1mous,” “Beauty and the Geek”) and Mark Koops (“Breakthrough With Tony Robbins,” “Shear Genius”) serve as executive producers.