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Michaels leaving NBC’s ‘Biggest Loser’ – again

NBC and the producer of “The Biggest Loser” say trainer Jillian Michaels is exiting the weight-loss competition series.

In a statement Wednesday, the network and production company Shine America said they and Michaels have decided to part ways, and she won’t be back on “Biggest Loser” this fall.

This is the third time that Michaels, known for her tough, drill-sergeant approach when working with contestants, has left the series.

Asked if she might return again, a production company spokesman said the focus was on the upcoming season, No. 16.

The series is scheduled to return to NBC in September.

MTV reviving ‘TRL’ for Grande show

MTV will reprise its former “Total Request Live” countdown show for a day with breakthrough pop singer Ariana Grande.

The network announced Wednesday it will bring back the series July 2. Grande has the No. 2 song in the country with the saxophone-laced “Problem.”

The 21-year-old will perform her latest hit on “Total Ariana Live,” debut her follow-up single and discuss her upcoming sophomore album.

“TRL” ended its run in 2008 after 10 years. The half-hour “Total Ariana Live” will air Wednesday at 7 p.m.

‘Snicket’ author to host book awards

Welcome back to the National Book Awards, Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket.

The National Book Foundation announced Wednesday that the best-selling author will host this fall’s awards ceremony. In 2008, Handler chaired the panel that gave out the award for best young people’s literature book.

Foundation executive director Harold Augenbraum praised Handler as “witty” and “charming.” Handler said in a statement that when contacted by Augenbraum he thought he had won an award. “Um, guess again,” the executive director told him.

The ceremony, presented by the book foundation, is scheduled for Nov. 19.

The Limited creates ‘Scandal’ collection

Do you want to look like Olivia Pope? It’s handled.

Women’s fashion retailer The Limited has teamed up with “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and the show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo to create a collection inspired by ABC’s hit inside-the-Beltway series, the company announced Wednesday.

There are 42 looks, including tops, pants, jackets and outerwear.

The collection will go on sale in late September.

“Scandal” will return for its fourth season this fall.

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