The Biggest Loser is staging a comeback.
After ending its 17-season run on NBC in 2016, it'll reappear on USA Network in 2020. Producers are looking to interview Dallas-area contestants looking to lose weight and gain confidence.
A casting call in Dallas will take place at live-music venue Gilley's from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 29. Biggest Loser is also hosting auditions in Newark, N.J., Kansas City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago this summer.
While the name The Biggest Loser will remain, USA Network says the rebooted reality show "will feature men and women competing not only to lose weight, but also improve their overall well-being." A 2016 story by The New York Times found that some Loser contestants couldn't keep off the weight, citing new studies about how contestants' metabolisms never recovered after dramatic weight loss.
USA Network's 10-episode, revamped show is aimed to be a "holistic" look at wellness and weight loss, says Chris McCumber, president of Entertainment Networks at USA Network & SYFY, in a statement. But this is reality TV, so the show is expected to contain some "legendary jaw-dropping moments," too.
Anyone who wants to go to a casting call should fill out a 56-question form in advance, which includes uploading full-length photos; answering questions about prescription medicine and smoking habits; and diving into the tough stuff: "Describe what you can eat on your heaviest eating day," the questionnaire wants to know. And, "What are obstacles or hardships you have been through or overcome?"
Those who want to be on the show need to be available in parts of August, September, October, November and December for filming.
The show's fitness instructors, chefs and life coaches have not yet been announced. The network will announce the winner's prize "closer to the launch of the show," says a spokeswoman.