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Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 5:30 am

When it comes to weight loss, trainer Jillian Michaels is determined to mine what's going on beyond eating.

"Sometimes," she said in a recent interview, "what goes unsaid can be our greatest undoing."

And with that in mind, Michaels, best known for her bulldog tactics on "The Biggest Loser," is spinning off into her own series, "Losing It With Jillian." The series premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.

In it, she'll go to the homes of strangers who are dreadfully out of shape. She'll live with them to set a benchmark for healthier lifestyles. Think of "Losing It" as an even more personal version of "Loser," with Michaels' barking going a long way in a short time.

Employing "tough love," Michaels wants the families to "go beyond diet and exercise."

In the first episode, she visits a Wilmington, Mass., family in crisis. The father and daughter had surgical procedures to lose weight. The father gained his back. The daughter had her surgery at age 21.

The mom has lost and regained 100 pounds seven times.

"I'm dealing with decades of neglect here," Michael said about the Wilmington family. "It's now or never."

By the time Michaels starts to leave, following a visit of several days, all the families on "Losing It" should be well on their way to eating better, getting more exercise and cleaning out a few cobwebs from their lives.

Her visits will be successful "if (the families) believe the ‘why' is worth the ‘how.' "

They can "find those inner sources of inspiration" to change their lives forever.

Other highlights for the week of May 30 to June 5 (listings subject to change):

SUNDAY

• "National Memorial Day Concert" (8 p.m., PBS). Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna co-host the show in Washington.

MONDAY

• "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" (9 p.m., Comedy Central). The naughty FX comedy offers repeats.

TUESDAY

• "Hell's Kitchen" (7 p.m., Fox). Chef Gordon Ramsay sharpens his pitchfork for another season.

• "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale" (8 p.m., HBO). A little-known actor whose work influenced a generation of thespians and filmmakers is profiled.

• "Downtown Girls" (11 p.m., MTV). This latest "reality" series focuses on the career and life of a young fashion blogger in Manhattan.

WEDNESDAY

• "Josh 2.0" (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central). Tosh looks at the weird and comical on display on the Internet.

THURSDAY

• "Royal Pains" (10 p.m., USA Network). In the season opener, Hank treats a man who is in harm's way due to a rift with his inventor father.

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