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A Loser in Love Is Worth Two in the Spotlight

May 8, 2006 12:00 AM

With a cottage industry emerging for reality show winners looking to extend their time in the spotlight, it was perhaps inevitable that Matt Hoover, this season's winner of the weight-loss contest on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," would look to leverage his fame from the show into something bigger as well. However, rather than going solo in his quest, Mr. Hoover, who won $250,000 after losing 182 pounds, is getting a little help from a fellow contestant. He and "Biggest Loser" runner-up Suzy Preston, who lost 95 pounds and won $25,000, have become partners, in more than one sense of the word. Beyond being featured in a weight-loss book published by Rodale and making a guest appearance on NBC soap "Passions" in March, the duo got engaged on the "Today" show. And just last week they helped launch a summertime weight-loss challenge on biggestloserclub.com, a Web site tied to the reality series. But it could be Ms. Preston who ends up being the breakout star: She has appeared on "Access Hollywood," and sources say she could be close to getting a regular gig on the syndicated entertainment show. -Jay Sherman

What's in a Number?

For KRON-TV in San Francisco, numbers are hoped to be making a difference in its overall performance. In January KRON added the digits "552" to the address on the side of its building after consulting a local numerologist, according to a story from the local alternative paper SF Weekly. KRON, which is located at 1001 Van Ness Avenue, now has a "1001552" over its door, apparently as a "patch" to help improve business mojo, the Weekly reported. Some may scoff, but KRON can use all the help it can get, considering the advertising market and parent company Young Broadcasting's financial struggles. The former NBC affiliate and former No. 1 station in the market, KRON is currently an indie that will align itself with MyNetworkTV come September. Here's hoping "552" can help affect the numbers that really matter-ratings and revenue.-Christopher Lisotta

Curb Your Impatience

It's been five months since the fifth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" concluded on HBO, but the premium network has yet to announce a renewal. The delay has caused some to wonder if creator/star Larry David's acerbic, quasi-improvised series will be canceled, especially given that the show suffered a critical and ratings dive during the last round. Maintaining the same benevolent attitude that indulges the demands of neurotic talent, such as allowing "The Sopranos" to go on vacation for nearly two years, HBO said Mr. David has an open invitation to produce another season whenever his muse moves him. Some recent declarations from the cast suggested that that time has come-during an interview on "Good Day LA" two weeks ago, co-star Cheryl Hines said there will be another season, as did co-star Jeff Garlin last week at the TriBeCa Film Festival. Lest Mr. David detect a whiff of corporate impatience, HBO declined to comment. -James Hibberd

Fox Drama

Fox gave the green light Friday to two additional drama series for the 2006-07 season, picking up 20th Century Fox's FBI thriller "Primary" and the Warner Bros./Jerry Bruckheimer TV legal drama "American Crime."

"Primary" stars Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt as FBI hostage negotiators balancing their careers and their romantic relationship. Craig Silverstein and Tim Story are executive producing.

"Crime" tells the story of a high-profile law firm that specializes in criminal defense cases. Victor Garber, Kerr Smith, Eamonn Walker and Rebecca Marder star. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Jonathan Shapiro are executive producing.

Fox announced earlier this week it has ordered comedy "'Til Death" and drama "Vanished" for next season. -Christopher Lisotta