Archive for February, 2009

Saturday Sidenote: US version in trouble for “creative liberties” being taken…

There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle related to the US version of the show, unlike ours which is totally kerfuffle free…

Apparently as one of the puff pieces they do about how awesomely fit contestants end up becoming they had a camera crew on hand to film a contestant running a marathon.

Only that isn’t exactly what happened, according to a variety of people who were actually there.

According to David Kleeman, a read of the blog at TV Barn:

I’m also big into the marathoning community and knew back in January that one of the members of the Black team (either Blaine or Dane) had attempted a marathon in Arizona, but did not complete it. Instead, he had been picked up by a van along the course and dropped back down somewhere prior to the finish and then he crossed the finish line and collected a medal a la Rosie Ruiz.

Apparently when the show aired that segment it made the claim that Dane had finished the entirety of the marathon and included footage of him crossing the finish line and receiving his medal and so on.

In actuality he was disqualified when the deception was discovered and thus is not on the list of runners to have finished the race.

The producers have since fessed up… kinda. They’re blaming unspecified parties for not telling them that the story they told them to go out and shoot was not exactly what they went out and shot.

In a more recent blog update Dane is quoted claiming to have gone back and run the missing 3 miles later in the day, alongside the producer’s apology.

It would seem that a contestant completing a marathon – even if it was a bit slow – would be achievement enough. But apparently not a good enough story for the producers of the show.

Just another reminder to be a little skeptical when it comes to what you see on TV… or the internet!

TBL Australia 4×24: What do you call 13 fat people in a pool?

Previously on The Biggest Loser… oh my god did Harold die?! Finally?! Hooray!
Sorry, I keep catching the end of Neighbours so all I ever see is the cliffhangery bits at the end of each episode…

On The Biggest Loser Emazon arrived with much fanfare but her reception by the public seems… mediocre at best.
Meaghan and Julie got a massage. A nice one, not a sports one!
And Sharif and Teresa started to show a bit of a nasty streak. Will it come back to haunt them?
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TBL Australia 4×23: Real badasses don’t need a dank, dimly lit tunnel to look badass…

Previously on The Biggest Loser, Amanda and Stewart got sent home and now Nathan and Andrew are facing off against all the rest of the contestants.

Tonight, Holly and Mel give us another lesson on how to win friends and influence people!
Or, alternately, Teresa and Sharif begin showing how much a pair of ducks they are. You decide.

Also, Emazon arrives tonight. Woooo.
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TBL Australia 4×22: Tempting Temptations for the easily Tempted…

Previously on The Biggest Loser Amanda and Stewart got sent home and Nathan and Andrew got targeted by the rest of the contestants and now must fight to stay in the competition!

Tonight? Andrew’s future is in jeopardy as he has some kind of knee injury.
Temptation tonight sees contestants flying solo in a fancy one seater open air restaurant…
And Bob makes his “shocking” announcement. Spare me.
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Biggest Loser Spoiler: Bob’s “shocking” announcement…

Ordinarily I don’t much bother posting spoilers, even on the odd occasion I find out ahead of time when things are going to happen. Most of the time you’re only going to find out soon enough anyway.

But Mr Voiceover Man’s description of Bob’s announcement tomorrow night including the word “shocking”? Well, that’s pretty shocking!

So I’m going to tell you what his big, shocking announcement is… right after this break!
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