More 'Obese' on the weigh
2nd season already for upcoming ABC skein
By Michael Schneider
Todd A. Nelson
ABC's upcoming reality series "Obese" has already been given a second-season order -- and a super-sized title to boot.
Now known as "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," the reality docuseries has an order for six more one-hour episodes from the Alphabet.
Producers 3Ball Prods. have already cast the second season of "Weight Loss Edition" and will start production on that cycle (targeted for 2011-2012) shortly. 3Ball also continues to finish shooting and editing season one, which is set to air sometime in midseason, perhaps around March.
"It's always a good sign to get a second season of a show order before the first even airs," said 3Ball's JD Roth, who serves as exec producer with Todd A. Nelson.
The early pickup was necessary for the producers given "Weight Loss Edition's" extensive shooting schedule. Show follows morbidly obese individuals through a year of their life as they work to lose at least half of their body weight.
Trainer Chris Powell (TLC doc "The 650-Pound Virgin") serves as their coach, moving into their homes with their families.
Each episode tells the entire yearlong story of one participant.
"It's a unique way to tell a story," Roth said. "No show has ever attempted to tell a 365-day story in 44 minutes," Roth said.