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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition: TV Show Name Changed to Extreme Weight Loss

extreme weight loss - ABC TV show cancelled or renewed?ABC’s new sitcom, How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), had a painfully long title and has already been cancelled. Did the poor ratings have anything to do with the long title? As one who has had to write this awkward title more than a few times, I kinda secretly hope so.

Perhaps ABC has learned their lesson? The network has announced that they’re shortening the name of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition to simply Extreme Weight Loss.

Whatever you want to call it, the third season of the reality series starts on Tuesday, May 28th. The network has 13 episodes this time, the show’s largest installment order to date.

Here’s the press release:



During Their Dramatic One-Year Weight Loss Journey, Transformation Specialist and Trainer Chris Powell Takes the Twins on the Toughest Milestone Challenge Ever

Show Title Has Changed to “Extreme Weight Loss” from “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition”

“David and Rebecca” — Twins David & Rebecca didn’t think that much about their weight as they were growing up in North Prairie, WI. David, who weighs in at 470 pounds, and Rebecca, who weighs 398 pounds, spent their childhood making people laugh. Behind the smiles there were tears of pain from a difficult upbringing that led them to use food as an outlet. After Chris Powell decides to help the twins on their 23rd birthday, he realizes they’re extremely co-dependent and enable each other’s poor decisions, especially when it comes to their weight. After a tearful goodbye, the twins are split up for a 90-day challenge, with Rebecca going to Arizona to work alongside Chris’s wife, Heidi. At the beginning of his weight loss journey, David said he’d always wanted to go through Navy SEAL training to show his dad that “he was a man.” Chris takes the twins on his toughest milestone challenge to a rigorous “Kokoro” training camp designed to forge mental toughness and modeled on Navy SEAL Hell Week. But when the twins’ old habits begin to reemerge, Chris becomes concerned they may not be able to meet their weight loss goals. The Season 3 Premiere of “Extreme Weight Loss” (formerly “Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition,”) airs TUESDAY, MAY 28 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

The hit series returns for Season 3 as transformational specialist Chris Powell (author of the New York Times bestseller, Choose to Lose, and the recently released Choose More, Lose More for Life), documents the amazing makeover of 15 courageous, “super obese” people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose up to half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. In each of the 13 stand-alone, two-hour episodes, the participants undergo a transformation not only of their bodies, but of who they are as individuals. By assuring they have the proper nourishment and exercise, Powell provides a fresh perspective to individuals whose lives have become unmanageable because of their weight. He guides each of the participants through their transformation process by moving into their homes with their families or loved ones. The upcoming season is filled with remarkable and eye-opening changes, including a married couple, and the inspiring story of an amputee who worked to shed the weight he gained after losing his limb.

From the producers of ABC’s celebrity diving series, “Splash,” “Extreme Weight Loss” is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Matt Assmus, and Brant Pinvidic. It is produced by Eyeworks USA. “Extreme Weight Loss” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

What do you think? Do you like the new show title? Do you like this series?


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regeana July 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I love everything about Chris and the show its so encouraging it helps me personally. I am mobitly obese but I am making changes in life and I am losing weight not as fast ii wish I could get picked for his show to enhance my success rate


Erin September 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I truly love this show and Chris he is very inspirational. I know what he is doing is great for these individuals with how heavy they are and how much he is changing there lives. What frustrates me though is I sit and watch these programs and say well I am not that heavy yet but that is where it starts and keeps getting worse every year. I am a mother of two and I am 41 years old and since my children I have been getting bigger and bigger yet I don’t sit still everyone will tell you that. I am beyond frustrated I want to be that skinny person in me can you help me bring that funny, vivacious women out I will work soooo hard. There are a lot of women like me whom are wondering the same thing . Please help me!!!! Erin


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