TVLine Items: Idol Champ Joins Biggest Loser, The Sopranos Hits HBO On Demand and More!

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TVLine Items: Idol Champ Joins Biggest Loser, The Sopranos Hits HBO On Demand and More!

Onetime American Idol winner Ruben Studdard is about to become a loser.

The “Velvet Teddy Bear” will compete on The Biggest Loser‘s upcoming 15th cycle, People.com reports.

Studdard was named Season 2 champion of Fox’s long-running singing competition back in 2003. He has since released five studio albums.

The Biggest Loser bows Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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• Following James Gandolfini’s sudden passing last month, HBO is making The Sopranos available On Demand. Each season of the mob drama will be posted consecutively for one month at a time, beginning this Monday with Season 1.

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• It’s official: Fred Armisen has (finally) confirmed his Saturday Night Live exit. “I didn’t do any kind of official announcement, but I really felt like it was obvious,” Armisen shared with Splitsider of his final sketch. “An ending that was a love letter to all the music I grew up with, and also to my friends and to SNL and to Lorne [Michaels] and to the cast. There was a lot of emotion attached to it, but it was a very positive emotion.”

* Lifetime’s Anna Nicole on Saturday night drew 3.3 million total viewers, making it the cabler’s most watched original movie since November.

• Netflix has landed the exclusive U.S. streaming rights to New Girl. Season 1 of the Fox comedy will be made available this Monday, with subsequent seasons hitting the streaming site following their broadcast runs.

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• ABC has renewed Extreme Weight Loss for a 13-episode fourth season.

• GSN has picked up its upcoming quiz show The Chase for a second season, prior to its launch on Aug. 6.

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