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Anna Kournikova Leaving 'The Biggest Loser'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:30PM
Anna Kournikova Leaving The Biggest LoserTennis star Anna Kournikova is leaving NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' after one season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Kournikova joined the reality show as a trainer for Season 12, serving alongside long-time trainer Bob Harper. She was hired as a replacement for Jillian Michaels.

There have been rumors of Kournikova clashing with the staff behind the scenes and THR also reports contestants found her coaching to be too "brash."

At least one contestant took to Kournikova's coaching skills. After leaving the NBC series, contestant Joe Mitchell told People that the trainer helped "fix" him.

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Emotions Run High When Anna Meets the New Blue Team on 'Biggest Loser' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 2nd 2011 3:30AM
Anna Kournikova, 'The Biggest Loser'One thing you learn quickly on 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC) is that everything can change in an instant. Since the beginning, the contestants have been divided by age into three teams, training with the same trainer. And since the beginning, Bob Harper and the Black Team have dominated.

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This week, all of that was poised to change when Alison orchestrated a mix-up of the contestants that would force most of them into groups with new trainers. Poor Anna, who's struggled this season with the oldest team, had the most reluctant new team, made up of former Black Team members Sunny and Joe, along with former Red Team member Ramon.

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Debbie Accuses Bonnie of Crying for Sympathy on 'Biggest Loser' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 21st 2011 1:30AM
'The Biggest Loser' 12 PremiereIn a rather abrupt shift during a conversation on 'The Biggest Loser' (Tue., 8PM ET on NBC), one of the contestants accused another of perhaps turning on the waterworks to garner sympathy.

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The whole exchange was strange to watch, as it came after a loss at the Weigh-In for the Blue Team.

Debbie was talking about how she had a support system at home, as it seemed likely it would be either her or Bonnie going home. But then, out of nowhere, she turned and called Bonnie's tears annoying.

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Kevin Costner Books TV Gig, Nancy Grace Quits and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 25th 2011 2:00PM
Kevin CostnerKevin Costner is heading to the History Channel. Costner will produce and star in a new miniseries, 'The Hatfields and McCoys.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Costner will play Anse Hatfield. The series will retell the tale of the bloody feud between the two families. It's set to air next year, the 150th anniversary of the infamous clash.

"'The Hatfields & McCoys' is a classic tale of American history," Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of History, said in a statement. "These are names that are widely recognized, yet few people know the real story that made them famous."

Leslie Greif's Thinkfactory Media is behind the project.

"As an avid history fan, I am thrilled to join with Leslie Greif and History in this dramatic re-telling of a classic and timeless tale that is forever immersed in the folklore of our country," Costner said in a statement.

History recently announced 'The Bible,' a new miniseries from Mark Burnett.

In other casting news ...

Anna Kournikova will officially train contestants on next season of 'The Biggest Loser.' Trainers Brett Hoebel and Cara Castronuova will not be returning. [Vulture]

'Lights Out' star Billy Brown has joined the cast of 'Dexter.' Brown will play Mike Cutler, Chicago transplant who steps on some toes at Miami Metro. [THR]

Nancy Grace has quit 'Swift Justice.' Grace attributed her decision to leave the series to the shift in production from Atlanta to Los Angeles. "I am so proud of the work we have done on 'Swift Justice.' Leaving such a successful show was a tough decision, but, with the increased requirements of the production's relocation to Los Angeles, it became challenging to balance my most important job -- mother to John David and Lucy -- back home." She'll be replaced by Jackie Glass. [Entertainment Weekly]

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'The Biggest Loser: Couples' Season 11, Episode 21 (Season Finale) Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 5:30AM
Irene, Hannah & Olivia, 'The Biggest Loser' finale['The Biggest Loser: Couples' - 'Live Finale']

These shows being what they are, it can be a bit of an endurance test at times. Alison Sweeney has improved as a live host, but she still has some very awkward moments delivering lines.

And then there are just those awkward moments production-wise as they try to get through 20-odd weigh-ins and everything else. In fact, the weigh-ins is about all they had time for on this Season 11 Finale of 'The Biggest Loser.'

As this is Jillian Michaels's last season on the show I thought for sure we'd get some emotional tribute video to her and the impact she's made, but all we got was a few quick words when the trainers were brought out. Speaking of which, they did introduce her replacement.

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Anna Kournikova Joining 'The Biggest Loser'?

by PopEater Staff, posted May 23rd 2011 9:50AM
Anna KournikovaWith Jillian Michaels out of the picture, could Anna Kournikova be taking her place? According to reports, the tennis star will join the NBC's 'The Biggest Loser' as a trainer next season.

Kournikova will join new trainers Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel as the show undergoes major changes in the wake of Jillian Michaels' departure from the hit show, X17 Online reports.

Michaels will serve as a co-host on 'The Doctors' and a correspondent on 'Dr. Phil.'

An official announcement regarding Kournikova's role on 'Biggest Loser' is expected after the show's season finale on Tuesday.

Kournikova, who recently put her $9.4 million Miami mansion on the market, is certainly no stranger in the fitness world.

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Casting Roundup: Rachel Nichols Joins 'Criminal Minds,' Jack Coleman to Guest on 'The Office' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 29th 2010 6:00PM
Rachel NicholsWith A.J. Cook departing 'Criminal Minds,' the series is adding another female character: Rachel Nichols will join the cast for a three-episode story arc later this season.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Nichols will play FBI cadet Ashley Seager. Look for Agent Hotch to invite the young cadet to consult on a case because of her family history.

The role was originally conceived as a series regular part, but has since been downgraded.

In other casting news ...

Catherine Dent will guest star on 'NCIS.' Dent will play a former NCIS agent who has a past with Ducky. Look for 'The Shield' alumna to appear in at least two episodes in November. [Ausiello Files]

Anna Kournikova will appear on NBC's 'Biggest Loser' on Tue., Oct. 5. The tennis pro will put the remaining contestants through a workout challenge that turns into a battle of the sexes. [TV Guide]

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