Who’s ready for a fourteenth season of ‘The Biggest Loser?’ Jillian Michaels, who departed the hit NBC staple after the eleventh season, is slated to return next year—and she’s bringing a new focus with her. The new season of ‘The Biggest Loser’ will feature contestants aged 13-17 in an effort to shed light on the epidemic of childhood obesity.
The show’s regular slate of adult contestants will still appear, with the younger contestants accompanying. Michaels will act as a trainer on the program, joining Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince. The new focus is part of NBC’s effort to reinvigorate the series after declining ratings since Michaels’ departure. Another tactic by the network was delaying the start of season fourteen in order to launch against weaker competition.
“As a former overweight teen, I know firsthand how dramatically weight issues can affect every aspect of a child’s life,” said Michaels, quoted on Deadline.com. ”Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life.”
The season will feature three teams of contestants, each headed up by a different trainer. Each team will be comprised of adults with at least one child contestant amongst. Unlike the other contestants, the children are not eligible for elimination; they will offer a focal point both for their team as well as the viewership as each episode progresses.
‘The Biggest Loser’ returns to NBC January 2013.