Exclusive: ABC Orders Third Season of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
By: Michael Schneider
May 15, 2012 07:01 AM ET
Talk about a weighty vote of confidence: The second season of ABC’s summer series Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition doesn’t launch until June 3, but ABC has already given the show a third-season pickup (15 two-hour episodes) to air in summer 2013.
The early order comes out of production necessity. Each episode chronicles one person’s journey over an entire year, which means the show needed to start shooting Season 3 this spring to meet next year’s airdate. “In my mind, this is a huge franchise that has been on the air for a while, but in reality, only eight episodes have aired so far,” says executive producer JD Roth.
Roth is proud of Season 2 and says the strength of the stories convinced ABC to pick up Season 3. Motivational trainer Chris Powell is back as host, and Walmart has joined as a sponsor. In expanding the show to two hours, Roth says, “we can let the story breathe. There’s much more storytelling now.”
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