via press release:
NBC’S “THE” KICKS OFF SEASON 12 ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 8-10 P.M. ET, WITH 15 CONTESTANTS RACING TO CHOOSE THEIR TRAINER IN THE SAME DESERT SPOT WHERE THEY’LL ALL RETURN LATER IN THE SEASON TO RUN A MARATHON
“Battle of the Ages” Begins With Three Teams Divided By Age, Trained by Bob Harper, Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 14, 2011 – Season 12 of “The” starts off with a bang on Tuesday, September 20 (8-10 p.m. ET) when 15 contestants race across the desert for the chance to choose the trainer they want. They’ll finish the race and then learn that they’ll all be coming back to the same spot near the end of the season to run a high-stakes marathon that will secure the winner a spot in the finale – even if they’ve already been eliminated. It’s the first time ever in the history of the show that an eliminated player can automatically win a spot in the finals and the chance to win the coveted prize of $250,000.
The fast-paced episode beings when 15 contestants are dropped off in the desert in El Mirage, California. Host Alison Sweeney greets them and divides them by age for this season’s “Battle of the Ages” theme. Then the three trainers – “” favorite Bob Harper and new trainers Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince – all make a grand entrance in three CH-46 helicopters courtesy of the US Marine Corps. The trainers will wait at the finish line while the newly formed teams – young (under 30), middle (30-49) and older (50 and older) – race as a team to choose the trainer who will be guiding them on their weight loss journey.
After the trainers are chosen, the new players head to the ranch and quickly learn what life at the “’ is all about and what their trainers expect of them. While one player gets heartbreaking news about a death in her family, another contestant – once an NFL superstar and former #1 draft pick -- struggles with his own mortality and questions whether he still has what it takes to be an athlete. Later, the first weigh-in reveals surprising numbers for some before the losing team faces the emotional and difficult task of sending the first eliminated player home.
"The" is a production of Reveille, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions. Ben Silverman, Dave Broome, JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Todd Lubin are the executive producers.