via press release:
FINE LIVING NETWORK GETS A WEEKEND WORKOUT WITH CURRENT SEASON OF NBC’S HIT SERIES, 'THE BIGGEST LOSER'
FLN, Cable Home to Popular Reality-Competition Program, Premieres New Season In Primetime Beginning Friday, September 18th
Plus, Beginning September 19th, Weekend Mornings Are All Martha All The Time With Back-to-Back Episodes of ‘The Martha Stewart Show’
Knoxville, Tenn., September 15, 2009 - Fine Living Network (FLN) today announced plans to debut the current season of The Biggest Loser beginning Friday, September 18 at 8:00 PM ET (with an encore performance on Saturdays at 8 PM ET). The cable home to one of television’s most popular franchises, FLN has been airing The Biggest Loser since it formed a distribution pact with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution last year.
Exploring a second chances theme, this will be the first edition of The Biggest Loser to feature a single contestant format since 2007; plus, the reality show will introduce their heaviest contestant to date -- Shauntina "Shay" Sorrells, who begins the competition at 476 lbs. Hosted by Alison Sweeney, The Biggest Loser cast this season also includes Amanda Arlauskas, who was voted in as a contestant by viewers at home during the show’s finale this past May. Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper return as The Biggest Loser trainers, and the contestant with the highest weight-loss percentage at the end of the season will once again be awarded with a $250,000 prize.
As part of their ongoing commitment to deliver original content, FLN will also create new short-form interstitials called Smart Tips featuring Bob Harper. These exclusive segments, all one minute in length, outline specific exercise and nutrition tips on topics ranging from how to order in a restaurant to the best food combinations for weight loss to creating a buddy system for exercise to the importance of stretching. The special segments will air throughout the fall installments of The Biggest Loser, and will also play throughout FLN’s lineup.
In other programming news, FLN will air the current season of The Martha Stewart Show on weekend mornings beginningSaturday, September 19th. Airing Saturdays from 7:00 am ET to 9:00 am ET and Sundays from 7:00 am to 10:00 am ET, fans of television’s favorite domestic diva will enjoy a full week of Martha Stewart’s crafts, cooking, decorating and collecting in entertaining back-to-back episodes. During the fifth season of the Emmy-winning “how-to” series, Martha Stewart celebrates the handmade and the homemade in segments featuring renowned chefs, artisans, crafters and collectors, celebrities as well as accomplished viewers who will showcase their amazing talents in Martha’s studio. Upcoming guests include: actress Julianne Moore; FLN’s ‘Whatever, Martha!’ hosts and Sirius XM radio personalities Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt; actress Jennifer Garner; and frequent appearances from Martha's family of experts such as: chef Emeril Lagasse (whose Emeril Live airs weeknights on FLN).
Plus, on Saturday and Sunday mornings following The Martha Stewart Show, viewers will be informed and inspired with encore airings of three holiday specials, Martha Stewart's Halloween Special: Bad Things, Good Things (premiering 9/26 at9:00am); Martha’s Thanksgiving (premiering 11/1 at 10:00 am); and Martha Stewart’s Christmas Special (premiering 11/28 at 9:00am). Featuring creative costumes, spooky decorating ideas, tempting treats and divine décor, each hour-long installment of these perennial favorites gives viewers the chance to deck the halls with specially-designed crafts, mouthwatering recipes and simple but unique tips and ideas that will make their holiday season that much brighter.
About Fine Living Network (FLN)
Fine Living Network (FLN), available in over 55 million subscriber homes, is TV's fun, lifestyle network. Dedicated to providing topical, engaging and fast-paced entertainment you can use, FLN's content leaves viewers feeling smarter and more empowered. FLN's fresh line-up of programming runs the gamut from relationship, wedding, cocktail and competition shows to fashion, fitness and entertaining. Addictive and informative, sophisticated and irreverent, FLN comes to viewers from the makers of HGTV and Food Network and is available nationwide on DirecTV channel 232 and DISH Network channel 113, and on local digital cable. For a cable provider near you and to sample FLN programming, visit: www.fineliving.com/tv. Log on to the Scripps Networks Online Media Center (http://newsroom.scrippsnetworks.com) for the latest brand news, useful photos and graphics, detailed programming information, contacts and current research.
About The Biggest Loser
"The Biggest Loser" is a life-changing unscripted series that challenges and encourages overweight contestants to shed pounds in a safe and recommended manner through comprehensive diet and exercise as they compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Hosted by Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives") and featuring trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, the popular weight loss series has become a worldwide hit airing in over 90 countries and produced in 25 countries. It has produced a New York Times best-selling book series with five titles currently. The show also has four top-selling fitness DVDs and a "Biggest Loser" meal plan available for home purchase (www.biggestlosermealplan.com), as well as a burgeoning online lifestyle club www.thebiggestloserclub.com.
About The Martha Stewart Show
Celebrating its fifth anniversary in September 2009, “The Martha Stewart Show" is an Emmy-winning, nationally-syndicated, "how-to" series anchored by entertaining segments that both inform and inspire. Shot in front of a studio audience, the hour-long program features visionaries, creatives and everyday people who've accomplished extraordinary things, and sheds new light on subjects from cooking and entertaining to crafting and gardening. "The Martha Stewart Show" allows audience members, home viewers and special guests including renowned chefs, seasoned artisans and designers, authors, collectors, entertainers and experts from all walks of life to participate with host Martha Stewart in an interactive format that celebrates Martha's sense of fun and love of teaching. Martha Stewart and Mark Burnett are executive producers. Bernie Young is co-executive producer. The program is produced by MSLO Productions, Inc. in association with Mark Burnett Productions and is currently distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution to more than 95% of the country.
About NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution
NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. The NBC Universal Television Distribution division is responsible for the global distribution of NBC Universal product to all forms of television throughout the world. This includes distribution of current and library film and television product, including formats and non-scripted programming, in the pay, free, and basic markets, as well as the domestic syndication of first-run syndicated TV programs and theatrical and TV movie packages. Current and upcoming first-run strip syndicated programming at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution includes, Access Hollywood, Deal or No Deal, The Jerry Springer Show, The Martha Stewart Show, Maury and The Steve Wilkos Show. Current first-run weekly syndicated programming includes The Chris Matthews Show, The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo and the off-network distribution of 30 Rock, The Office, House, Heroes, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and many more series.