The Biggest Loser
Welcome back to The Biggest Loser. While last cycle was all about couples, this time, the theme is "second chances." And like Bob and Jillian told us within the first few minutes of the premiere, "These people are not like you...they are you!" So let our Biggest Loser journey begin.
Austin Nichols and Sophia Bush
After saying good-bye to One Tree Hill couple Lucas and Peyton, many of us have wondered how the new season would continue without them (and whether their departure would be explained). Jamie Scott's seventh birthday served as the introduction to all the new cast members and also gave us the only answer we'd get, for now, about where Lucas, Peyton and little Sawyer have gone. So to all you OTH fans, welcome to Season 7. Now let's start recapping.
The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney
The Biggest Loser has had its share of inspirational success stories, but this cycle aims for a whole new level of drama. This season is all about "second chances": Abbey, who lost her husband and children in a tragedy, and Daniel, the former heaviest contestant in Biggest Loser history, returning to finish the journey he began, are among this season's contestants. Alison Sweeney, soap star and host of the reality weight-loss series, shared her thoughts about Season 8 with TVGuide.com and explained why health and fitness have become so important in her own life.
TVGuide.com: This season's theme is "second chances." What sets it apart from the past seven seasons?
Alison Sweeney: Each season is a different experience [because] it's all based on the contestants. We're saying "second chances" because it's just that — the Biggest Loser campus is a second chance at life and health for them. And [former contestant]...
One Tree Hill - Robert Buckley
One Tree Hill has never suffered from a lack of pretty faces, and with lead actors Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton gone, a new batch of hotties has been ushered in. Front and center is Robert Buckley, who is mostly known for his shirtless stint on Lipstick Jungle as Kim Raver's boy toy and as JoAnna Garcia's love interest on Privileged. TVGuide.com spoke to Buckley about what it's like playing sports agent Clay, how he and his buddies became completely absorbed in the series, and how he's dealing with the CW show's rabid fan base.
TVGuide.com: Were you familiar with the Tree Hill's storylines when you signed on?
Robert Buckley: I had seen a couple of episodes, but I wasn't a weekly follower. I went in to meet the writers and I asked, "Do you maybe have some DVDs I could watch?" Twenty minutes later, someone comes up with a One Tree Hill backpack filled with all six seasons. Suffice it to say myself and Shantel [VanSanten] had a real crash course. I actually got pulled into the show...
The Amazing Race 15
The cast of the 15th season of CBS' The Amazing Race includes professional basketball players, poker players, and a former Miss America.
Herbert, 32, and Nathaniel, 28, play for the Harlem Globetrotters. Maria and Tiffany, both 26, are professional poker players. Twenty-seven-year olds Ericka (who was Miss America 2004) and her husband, Brian, are also on board.
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Rounding out the rest of the cast are:
A rocket scientist, doctor, and mixologist are among the newest castmates of CBS' Survivor.
On the white sand beaches of Samoa, 20 castaways will battle it out in order to be the ultimate survivor. While there are some obvious frontrunners whose age and career will help them in the physical aspects of the game, there are a bunch of smart cookies this season as well.
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John, 25, is a rocket scientist from Los Angeles, and Mick, who also resides in Los Angeles, is a 33-year-old doctor.
The cast also includes two law students: Monica, 25, from San Diego, and Jaison, 28, from Chicago.
The others headed to Samoa are:
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
Put away the schoolbooks and pack your wand, because the Russo family is headed on vacation in the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie —an extension of the popular tween series.
After a successful sophomore season, executive producer Peter Murrieta was thrilled the Disney Channel chose to make a movie for the small screen. "Rarely have they done a movie based on their series... so we're very excited they chose our show," he told TVGuide.com.
What magical hijinks are the kids up to this time around?
Mitchell Jarvis, star of the Broadway show Rock of Ages, is joining the growing list of guest-stars on SVU's fall season.
TVGuide.com has confirmed that Jarvis will be in the fifth episode, titled "Hardwired." He plays Coach Simmons, a combination of "muscles and mustache with a twist of creepy," casting director Jonathan Strauss tells us.
Gossip Girl - Season 2
Hey, Upper East Siders, Season 2 of the CW's hit teen drama Gossip Girl is now on DVD shelves, and OMG! is it a great set.
The release includes seven discs of scandalous scenes, breakups and make-ups, and startling revelations. The show's sophomore season took viewers through college visits, acceptances and rejection (Blair's Yale dreams were crushed), a devastating death for Lily and Chuck, some interesting couplings, and one huge twist. (We won't spoil it in case you're playing catch-up.)