We just can’t seem to get enough of TV shows about having someone “fix” us. Down on your luck? “Move that Bus” for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Have rotten kids? “Supernanny, help!” No sense of style? Queer Eye, What Not To Wear. Drugs or Booze? Intervention! And if you enjoy a little too much of the products TV advertises while you watch those shows (why on earth does anyone go to a place called Pizza Hut to buy hot wings?) you just flip on Biggest Loser to watch NBC help other people lose pounds.
We can’t get enough of that stuff. More than 9 million of us watch Biggest Loser, the numbers don’t lie.
NBC has announced a new show about someone else fixing our problems for us. Casting began this week (making a stop in the Washington, D.C. area Jan. 17) for Losing It With Jillian, starring Jillian Michaels of … The Biggest Loser.
As the Peacock tells us, this “riveting new life-changing alternative series … is looking for families who want to get off the couch, step up and take their lives back. If you or members of your family feel helpless, frustrated and powerless this is your chance to have America’s top health and wellness expert, Jillian Michaels, move in, kick butt and change both you and your loved ones’ lives.”
Well, not OUR lives, just the lives of the people on the show. The rest of us will be sitting on the couch, eating Pizza Wings, waiting for someone to fix us. (As an aside, I kind of like to think the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, among “America’s top health and wellness experts,” but we’ll let that go.)
Want to sign up? Casting warns us they want dads who need to lose AT LEAST 75 pounds and moms who need to shed AT LEAST 50 … and here’s the fun part, you can also nominate someone else’s family, so if you want to help out your brother in law, I’m sure he’d appreciate it! All that casting stuff is online here.
I know these shows get watched, or they wouldn’t keep making them. But I don’t get it … Do they really help us live better, eat healthier, get off the drugs, put down the bottle, and in general get happier? Or do they just exploit people for our entertainment?
Cover photo, William Stiger.
Update, video preview, from NBC:
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