At the first weigh-in, the Purple team won first place with an 8.09% weight loss and Patti lost 23 pounds (9.4%), a record for the largest weight loss in a week for a female contestant.

Michael lost 34 pounds, a record for the largest weight loss in a week by any contestant.

One person is forced to drop out of the challenge early: Cherita of the Blue team is pulled off her bike by Dr.

Huizenga due to severe cramps, and Michael from the white team was treated for exhaustion after completing the challenge.

) Anyway, sorry, let me get on with this; I could gush about how well written, acted, and directed that series was for this entire interview.

At one point in the book, you make the comment that writer/producer J. ”) felt that if an actor was giving him trouble, he could always write a way to get rid of him – and in fact, that happened a few times.

The contestants competed to win a $250,000 prize, which was awarded to Michael Ventrella, the finalist with the highest percentage of weight lost. After six episodes, The Biggest Loser went on hiatus and returned after the 2010 Winter Olympics on March 2, 2010. The season premiered on NBC on January 5, 2010 and tallied its best premiere rating ever, powering NBC to the adults 18-49 ratings win for that night.

Biggest Loser: Couples was up 2% from its January, 2009 premiere to a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating.

There was Captain Sinclair in “Babylon 5”, and then your character in “Atlantis” was named Helga Sinclair, and then you were finally able to break your addiction with The Sinclair Method. VENTRELLA: In BABYLON CONFIDENTIAL You spoke of some terrible experiences with crazed fans at conventions and the like.

(I do a lot of conventions and sadly, there are indeed people like that who attend, although the vast majority are wonderful people.) Do the good experiences outweigh the bad enough to make attending the conventions worthwhile?

Melissa was first eliminated in Week 6 when she fell below the redline.