Santa Fe will have a big role in the reboot of the hit TV show, “The Biggest Loser.”
The New Mexico Film Office announced that the series will be filming its new season in and around Santa Fe.
The 10-episode season from Endemol Shine North America, in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, is expected to debut on USA Network in 2020.
“The Santa Fe, New Mexico region offers us a tremendous variety of looks and locations for our production needs,” says Georgie Hurford-Jones, Endemol Shine North America’s Senior Vice President, Unscripted Original Series and Specials. “For a show like ‘The Biggest Loser,’ where we have men and women looking to not only lose weight, but improve their overall well-being, our new location here in the state is ideal on many levels.”
“The Biggest Loser” is hosted by health and fitness expert Bob Harper.
He was a staple for 17 seasons on the original version of the reality series.
Since mid-September, Harper has been actively posting on social media of his time in Santa Fe.
He’s visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Violet Crown Cinemas and Santa Café.
On Sept. 29, he posted a landscape photo with a simple caption, “Santa Fe … I love you.”
Over 17 seasons, “The Biggest Loser” filmed more than 247 episodes and became a ratings giant.
“We are pleased they have chosen to restart the series in New Mexico and will be able to benefit from our wonderfully diverse locations, and our industry incentives,” says NM Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes.
According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will shoot throughout the fall and employ approximately 200 New Mexican crew and production personnel, and source goods and services from dozens of local hotels, restaurants, general and specialty retailers, and other vendors.
Erica Lugo and Steve Cook are the show’s trainers.
“I understand this is the first series of its kind to shoot an entire season in New Mexico,” says Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “The variety of film and television projects to pay New Mexico a visit is a testament to our capacity for creative development — and speaks to the fact that more and more productions recognize New Mexico is the place to be.”
USA Network is part of NBC Universal, which opened a studio in Albuquerque in 2019.