Announces New Series "Fat March" to Premiere August 7th
TWELVE OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE SET OUT ON THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME TO SHED
POUNDS, GET FIT, AND WIN $1.2 MILLION, AS ABC'S NEW REALITY SERIES,
"FAT MARCH," PREMIERES AUGUST 7 The First Leg of the Epic
Journey Ends with a Medical Emergency, a Emotional Meltdown and an
Exercise-based Challenge That Strains Every Contestant's Will to Continue
in the Competition
Viewers Will Also Learn Techniques to Living a Healthier Lifestyle and
Maintaining a Healthier Diet All you need is a pair of sneakers! Twelve
overweight people set off on the walk of a lifetime! It's an epic,
life-changing journey that begins at the starting line for the Boston
Marathon and ends in Washington, DC. The contestants and their two
charismatic fitness trainers, Steve Pfiester and Lorrie Henry, will walk
over 570 miles, passing through nine states, with the goal of shedding
unwanted pounds and getting fit along the way in an attempt to permanently
alter their lives. In addition, they all will compete for a prize pool of
$1.2 million. Stressing team work, the more people who finish, the more
money each person wins, on "Fat March," premiering TUESDAY,
AUGUST 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
During each leg of the excursion there are "luxury reward
challenges" where an individual or team can win incentives such as
spa treatments, low calorie gourmet meals prepared by a private chef or
deluxe accommodations for the night to help them on their trip. There are
also amazing prizes at stake, such as get-aways to Hawaii and Las Vegas.
The challenges are geographically specific to the area contestants are in.
At the elimination, participants are able to expel a group member who is
holding them back from reaching the finish line in the allotted time.
However, eliminating a fellow competitor has a price: $10,000 is deducted
from each competitor's potential prize money with each elimination.
As for their diet during the trip, the contestants eat five small meals
each day, a combination of all natural whole grains, lean poultry, fresh
vegetables and fruits.
In the premiere, "Episode 101," a huge surprise awaits the 12
contestants when they learn they will not be living in a mansion to lose
the weight, but will be expected to walk over 570 miles to melt off the
pounds, camping along the way. The march begins at the starting line of
the Boston Marathon, where contestants walk alongside America's fittest
athletes. During the first stage of the journey, they will take on their
first exercise-based challenge in Massachusetts, harvesting cranberries in
a flooded bog. The luxury prize for this test is a gourmet healthy meal
and a night's stay at a luxe cranberry-themed bed and breakfast. Along the
way, as they also hike through Rhode Island and Connecticut, one
contestant, suffers a medical emergency and another has an emotional
meltdown. Each competitor suffers through uncomfortable soreness and a
fight against the elements that take significant wear and tear on their
Following are the 12 contestants walking through city streets and the
countryside, completing special challenges along the way.
The six female competitors are:
Chantal, 35, 5'2", 250 pounds, comedian -- A student who resides
in Brookline, Massachusetts. She dreams of one day owning a pair of slim
Jami Lyn, 30, 5'9", 226 pounds, military wife -- A housewife who
resides in Daleville, Alabama. She is the mother of three children and
finds it difficult to be so much larger than her husband and the only big
person in the family.
Kimberly, 39, 5'5", 225 pounds, former rap diva -- A real estate
investor who resides in Duluth, Georgia. She was once known as the rap
artist Tempest with a top 20 album in Europe; her mother and father died
four months apart due to weight-related issues when Kim was only 15.
Loralie, 30, 5'3", 233 pounds, wants to have a baby -- A marketing
resources expert who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She's married and
dreams of starting a big family, but her doctor demands that she lose
weight first before having children.
Shea, 27, 5'7", 280 pounds, former college softball player -- A
makeup/special effects artist who resides in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.
She is embarrassed that she is the biggest person in the makeup trailer,
and her parents are worried about how her weight is affecting her health.
Wendy, 40, 5'6", 234 pounds, professional singer -- A bookkeeper
who resides in La Canada, California. She is married with a six-year-old
step-daughter and wants to return to the stage as a singer and songwriter,
but needs to lose weight first.
The six male competitors are:
Anthony, 25, 6'3", 410 pounds, 25-year-old virgin - He is
unemployed and resides in Addison, Illinois. He is determined not to let
his being overweight kill him.
Matt, 36, 6'3", 386 pounds, professional wrestler -- He resides in
Cincinnati, Ohio and is married with two children. He was released from
pro wrestling in the U.S. last year when officials felt he was too heavy
and it wasn't safe for him to compete. He must lose weight to return to
Michael, 41, 6'2 1/2", 330 pounds, baseball coach - A lab
technician who resides in Elwood, Illinois. He is married with two
children and has tried every diet from A to Z.
Sam, 22, 5'9", 371 pounds, certified massage therapist - He
resides in Everett, Massachusetts, is single, and believes that his weight
has kept him from being hired.
Shane, 34, 6'0", 500 pounds, new dad - A youth minister who lives
in Mesquite, Texas. He is married with a two-year-old child and another
due in October, but wants to be around to watch them grow up.
Will, 26, 6'2", 470 pounds, competitive eater -- He works in
retail and resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is single with no children
and would like to inspire others to lose weight and get in shape.
Executive producer is Nick Emmerson. Co-executive producers are Julie
Laughlin and Kirsty Robson. The production company is Ricochet
("Supernanny"). "Fat March" is based on the British
series, "Too Big to Walk." A TV parental guideline will be
posted closer to airdate.