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Weight Watchers suing Jenny Craig over Valerie Bertinelli commercial

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 20th 2010 5:00PM
If you haven't seen the recent Jenny Craig commercial that features Valerie Bertinelli in a lab, wearing an official-looking lab coat and touting the benefits of Jenny Craig over "the largest weight loss program" (wink wink), here it is. Weight Watchers is suing Jenny Craig for what they say is bogus medical information in the ad.

I hate ads that show someone in a lab coat or standing in front of a bunch of books. Ooooo, he's in front of a bookcase, he must know what he's talking about!

[via Gawker]

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TV Squad Ten: Shows that deserve to have their own video game

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 16th 2009 11:35AM
TV shows that deserve to be video gamesThere is nothing inherently wrong with turning a TV series into a video game spinoff. It can fill in the gaps between seasons to quell the viewers' hunger, let audiences explore characters from new perspectives and even give the more hardcore couch potatoes some much needed exercise even if they only burned 1/100ths of a calorie solely through their thumbs.

The problem is video game developers pick TV shows that should never even become a travel sized board game. Developers have given the greenlight to games based on shows like American Idol, Desperate Housewives and even ... Grey's Anatomy?!? I hope that last one was a first-person shooter.

There are far better shows that offer far more entertaining elements for a kick-ass video game. These are the shows that should be next in line for a pixelated re-treatment.

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If you love Men's Health (the magazine) you'll love Men's Health (the reality show)

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 30th 2009 1:33PM
Men's HealthAs many of you know, when I'm not writing for TV Squad I'm a cover model for Men's Health magazine. Bending over to type these blog posts has given me sculpted abs.

However, I probably won't be part of this new reality show, if this report is true. It says that Men's Health editor Dave Zinczenko is creating a new health/exercise-based reality show with the people who do The Biggest Loser. It's described as being a show that will "offer human drama while teaching viewers how they can eat their favorite foods and still lose weight." That makes it sound like it's going to be some serious health and medical show. I'm sure it will be more Biggest Loser than a Sanjay Gupta-hosted CNN special.

If it's based on the Eat This, Not That books, my fear is that, since it's a reality show, one of the "Not That" things will be bugs.

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Name the real Food Network Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2009 7:34PM
Food Network logoFood Network has a bunch of new shows coming up (along with renewals of shows now on the air). One of them has a former sports figure as the host/star. Can you guess what it is?

a.) What Would Brian Boitano Make?

b.) Healthy Life with Chris Evert

c.) In the Fridge with William "The Refrigerator" Perry

d.) Dinner and Dollars with Mary Lou Retton

e.) Let's Make Sandwiches! (with Steffi Graf)

It's this one.

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Watching less TV won't make kids exercise more

by Julia Ward, posted Feb 7th 2007 8:04AM
Television Kids EatingI love science. It allows you to say commonsensical things, but with proof. The latest non-revelation to be offered by researchers is that switching off the television does not guarantee that children will exercise. A four-year study of more than 10,000 American children ages 10 to 15 found no correlation between the amount of time spent watching television and the amount of time spent engaged in vigorous activity.

According to the study, long hours spent watching television has contributed to the obesity epidemic among children, but killing your television won't reverse the trend. Watching TV and physical exercise are not "functional opposites." If they were, everyone would be on a "no television" diet.

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John Basedow has a 12 pack, MySpace page

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 17th 2007 1:36PM

BasedowYou've seen the ads. Those "Fitness Made Simple" commercials with the lame but catchy jingle. ("It's Fitness Made Simple...Made for real people!") Now John Basedow has made a promotional video for his new reality show.

Basically, the video is him walking around a mall, signing autographs, talking to people, and getting kisses from women (one woman says "he's sooo hot"). Many people also say he's "rockin' the hair," which I think is a good thing. I'm not quite sure why he says at one point that "the reality crew" with the camera has been following him around all day, like he doesn't know who it is. I mean, the video is for John Basedow TV, but I guess it gives it that reality "feel."

You don't find out until the end that the reality show they're talking about can be seen exclusively on...his MySpace page. Yeah, I have a reality show too. It can be seen exclusively in my living room every night. Of course, I'm just jealous. And his fitness strategies actually seem really logical and effective.

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Biggest Loser renewed; fat people excited

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 29th 2006 12:32PM

Biggest LoserThe Biggest Loser, the I-can't-believe-people-watch-this show on NBC, has been renewed for a fourth season.

Honestly, I don't know anyone who watches this show, and I've never heard of anyone who actually talks about it either (other than the coverage here at this site of course, but only because I work here). It's like NCIS, only for people who have to lose weight in a humiliating fashion. But somehow, it has become a successful show for the network, a show that NBC can actually count on to bring in consistent numbers.

I'm happy that people go on the show and lose weight and that some of them even have "life changing results," as NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says. But I have no interest in watching it. First, it's a reality show, and I'm very choosy now in what reality shows I watch. And I also don't know why overweight people (or most other reality show contestants) would want to go on a show like this.

People watch this show, but they don't watch other NBC shows like Kidnapped (and enough of you don't watch Studio 60 and Friday Night Lights)? Sigh.

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The Biggest Loser: Duos

by Michael Canfield, posted Nov 2nd 2006 7:08AM
The Biggest Loser(S03E07) This is a first, I think. The trainers start bickering with each other over the intensity of the pre-challenge workout. Kim asks Bob "what are you thinking?" when she sees him drive Wylie to exhaustion the afternoon before the challenge. Bob's answer: "I don't think anything when I work out." Right. Even though Wylie asked Bob to train him, Kim's got a point; her team has won the majority of the challenges.

Maybe Bob has a point too, though. He complains that Wylie's upper-body strength is seriously lacking. Wylie's arms do give out at a crucial moment, costing him and his partner the challenge.

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The Biggest Loser (season premiere)

by Michael Canfield, posted Sep 21st 2006 6:57AM
The Biggest Loser(S03E01) I don't watch that much reality television, but I like this one because it seems to work for the contestants. And maybe for viewers too: last season I watched and got inspired, losing fifty pounds myself. So I've been looking forward to this.

But wait a minute: Jillian Michaels -- the tougher of the two trainers in earlier seasons is gone, much to my disappointment. Had I paid attention when she announced her departure months ago, maybe I wouldn't have tuned in tonight. I really like how she drove the men's team last year, and they seemed to love her too. That, and this time there are fifty contestants to wade through. One from each state in the union. The obese nation theme gets a lot a play early on. But fairly quickly they're whittled down to a manageable group of 14: seven men and seven women. Unlike last year, they are not divvied up into teams based on gender. The other 36 will continue the challenge on their own at home. However, the parade of fifty hopeful contestants marching down the hill to the Biggest Loser Ranch is an impressive sight. (Spoilers after the jump.)

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Late summer reading: Jared the Subway guy has a book

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 18th 2006 2:03PM

jared fogleJared Fogle, the man who lost over 200 pounds dining on Subway sandwiches, has just released his first book. The book is a detailed account of every sexual encounter he's ever had, complete with full-color photographs.

I'm sorry, that's actually the book that I'm writing, though really it's more of a pamphlet. Fogle has written a book called Jared the Subway Guy: Winning Through Losing: 13 Lessons for Turning Your Life Around. The book jacket reads that the book is written "with Anthony Bruno," so we can assume Bruno wrote the book, though I'm sure Fogle, like, said stuff to him. That's kind of like being a writer. Anyway, it's not a diet book, since we already know the secret of his success, but it is a motivational book to encourage people to succeed just as he did. If you want a book that teaches you how to have a lucrative sponsorship deal fall into your lap because you devised some completely inane method of weight loss involving a popular restaurant chain, then you should buy several copies right away.

[via Best Week Ever]

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There used to be more Ryan Seacrest

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 13th 2006 1:24PM
ryan seacrestIn tomorrow's issue of People magazine, American Idol and E! television host Ryan Seacrest reveals that he used to be quite pudgy. At age 13, he weighed 180 pounds because he was a junk food junkie. He says, "I was overweight because I used to come home and eat a cookie sheet of nachos and watch Oprah every day of my life." Oprah? Really? Seacrest says he used to be teased by his classmates about his weight (but not about Oprah?) and he dreaded going to the beach because he didn't want anyone to see him with his shirt off. Now Ryan is 157 pounds, he runs four miles a day, and has a personal chef. The upcoming article in People also includes diet secrets from other television stars like Leah Remini (King of Queens) and Kelly Osbourne. I would say the secret is already out: get rich so you can pay a personal trainer and a chef.

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