Review | The Biggest Loser

Credit: Trae Patton/NBC

Air Date: Tuesday 1/3

Us Rating: ***

The weight-loss contest's previous round wheezed due to overblown challenges and a painful lack of charisma from steely cast addition Anna Kournikova. Season 13, though, feels leaner and meaner. With just two inspiring trainers, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince, there's more time to focus on the urgent goals of these 20 two-person teams. The first task, a three-phase endurance test, is simple yet exciting. Add an emotional twist -- the compelling pairs are split up to compete against each other! -- and this Loser has game. (NBC, 8 p.m.)