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'Days of Our Lives' drama and 'Biggest Loser' tips

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Jan 15, 2013 1:34PM

The week of Jan. 7 was a big one for Alison Sweeney. The daytime veteran celebrated 20 years on "Days of Our Lives" while launching the 14th season of "Biggest Loser." With the hotly contested SAFE/EJAMI love triangle back in full swing, soap romance and Sweeney's history was a hot topic. First, however, Sweeney talked about the reality of losing weight and gave us a peek at her DVR.


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Your fans tune in to two different kinds of programming to stick with you: reality TV and soap opera. What does your DVR say about you?


My DVR says that I watch a lot of TV my husband likes. (laughs) It says I like shows that are uplifting. We watch a lot of Discovery Channel, shows like "The Biggest Loser" and even "Amazing Race." You learn a lot about the world, it's fun and nobody's interested in beating anybody down. And then the opposite: I'm a huge fan of "Survivor." I'll admit, my guilty pleasure is "Downton Abbey." It's like actor porn. It's so good! The dialogue, the wardrobe and all of it!


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What can we expect from this season of "Biggest Loser"?


Obviously, everyone's question about whether having kids made Jillian soft was answered [in the premiere]. You don't need me to tell you that the answer's no! What's so special about our show is that you don't have to be the best at something. Jackson struggles with vomiting at every moment, but you have to try and you have to want to be there. That's the secret to weight loss.


No matter where you are, what your life is or how you're doing it, you have to want it deep down in your core. You have to think you're worth it and love yourself enough to want to be healthy. People think, "Oh, I'm loving myself by sitting on this sofa for four hours." Love yourself enough to get up! It's hard, but start making positive choices - one and then another - and all the sudden, you do want to take care of yourself.


How have the kids shaken up the "Biggest Loser" game?


They're not on campus everyday. But when they're there, it's so inspiring. It's so important to have them remind us all why we're doing this. We're not putting them on the scale, but you can see the transformation - physically and in their energy, their psyche and their smiles. It's important to encourage kids to take responsibility. We're talking about family dynamics as well. The whole family has to make a change. You can't expect a kid to do it on his own.


How have you inspired your own kids to have the right attitude?

The first thing I've done is explain it to them. I don't know why we have to pretend it's not happening. I don't want to develop a psychosis, but it shouldn't be a secret that sugar and fat make you gain weight and make your body feel bad.


If you're going to play the Lightning McQueen metaphor: He puts the best fuel in his tank so he can go super fast. For you, that's your veggies and water and stuff like that. I've found it to be successful. They don't argue with me about it, because they know it's math. It's not a negotiation.


20 years and counting

Looking back on your 20 years on "Days of Our Lives," what's been your favorite storyline?


The whole Sydnapping arc, from getting pregnant with EJ's baby, going on the run and falling in love with Rafe to exposing what Nicole and EJ did, keeping Sydney away from her. When you think about how long that went on and how good, true and interesting it was the whole time, it was a great story.


The loss of Grace was a major turning point in Sami's growth and maturity level. Even now, she's still Sami, but it's different. Obviously, Sami's been through a bunch of different writers, but it worked out. Jim Reilly laid the foundation of this character and it was clear and true. It sank in deep, so that every writer that came after fell on those same building blocks. It's paid off. I feel very blessed.


After 20 years of drama, is there anything Sami hasn't been through yet?


For a long time, my answer was that I wanted her to be loved and find real happiness. In some ways, she's had that now and let it slip through her fingers. I have to say, up to this point, they've still never really told the EJ/Sami story. I've always sort of wondered how that would go. There's this huge fan base for something when they've never actually been together. They've dated and danced around each other and there's always been this pull between them, but she never really gave him a shot. It would be interesting to see.


Sami has been thrust back into the SAFE/EJAMI triangle, again. Within the week of Jan. 14, alone, she's gone from one to the other: Will either Rafe or EJ finally get the girl soon?  


They have been really torturing the fans! (laughs) I don't know if I'm supposed to say this, but yes, someone is going to - dare I say? - win. You are going to see Sami making a decision. I'm happy about it. We shot this four months ago, but now it's great to see the fans' reaction.


You always play it so cool when we try to get you to weigh in on which side of the triangle you favor. 


I'm good right! I get a lot of crap for how I won't step up and say what I think. I promise some day, when nobody cares anymore, I will buy everyone a drink who still wants to know and tell them how I really feel about everything. I'm a company girl! 

I'm a fan of a certain show and something came out about the actor that affected they way I feel about the show. It reminded me why it's so important to keep my opinions to myself and let the audience feel it. No matter how you feel, I think it would affect how you perceive the story and I would hate that.


Let me ask you this then: Without saying whether Sami makes the right choice, are you happy with the way the story is going to go?


Yes. I'm very happy with where story's going. It's a fascinating storyline. It's fun, exciting and interesting!


"Days of Our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC. "The Biggest Loser" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC


Are Sarah and Hank getting back together?

By MSN TV Partner Apr 11, 2014 10:51AM
In this sneak peek of the "Parenthood" season finale, Hank (Ray Romano) impresses Amber (Mae Whitman) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) with his Hank-like concern as they deal with Ryan's hospitalization.

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This clip, along with the promo clip NBC showed for next week's episode, hints at a reunion for Sarah and Hank. Are you rooting for the couple? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The season finale of "Parenthood" airs Thursday April 17 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC.

Get a glimpse of Marsden’s character in the animated show starring Jack McBrayer

By MSN TV Partner Mar 25, 2014 10:04AM

In a new episode premiering March 31, James Marsden will guest start on Disney XD’s “Wander Over Yonder”.

Marsden reunites with "30 Rock" co-star Jack McBrayer in this episode where the hero Sir Brad Starlight (Marsden) enlists Wander (McBrayer) as his goofy sidekick and Sylvia as his noble steed on his quest to save Princess Demurra from the evil Dragon King, King Draykor.

See this pic first on MSN TV: Wander is ecstatic to fulfill his fairytale dream of rescuing a princess, but Sir Brad Starlight is not interested in sharing the spotlight and reminds Wander at every turn that there's only room for one hero.

“Wander Over Yonder” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD


Kim Kardashian, Wendy Williams hear what regular folk really think about them

By MSN TV Partner Mar 18, 2014 9:18AM
In the the new series from Oxygen, "Celebrities Undercover" will feature two celebrities concealing their true identity with the use of prosthetic make-up to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas.

The season premiere will feature Kim Kardashian, and executive producer Wendy Williams will get a taste of her own medicine as well. In this clip watch Kim K. undergo an impressive make-up overhaul in prep for undercover work: going to a group job interview as a Kardashian fan hoping to become her own new assistant. 

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Other stars features this season include T-Pain, Fantasia, Joey Fatone, Lil’ Kim, Chili, Anthony Anderson, Jaleel White, Adrienne Bailon, Ice-T and Coco.

"Celebrities Undercover" premieres March 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.


Host Justin Willman and Disney stars dish on the new show and offer up advice

By MSN TV Partner Mar 14, 2014 11:15AM

(Disney's Win, Lose or Draw /Adam Taylor, Disney Channel)By Minh Nguyen

It didn’t take long for memories of the original “Win, Lose or Draw” game show to come flooding back as soon as we stepped foot on the set of Disney’s resurrected show of the same name.  Gone was the ‘80s living room set, replaced with bright vibrant colors, fun props and technology everywhere. Host Justin Willman (“Cupcake Wars”) commanded the stage as Disney stars Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg from “Liv and Maddie” battled it out against each other with their teammates.

The premise is pretty simple: two teams of three players (with the Disney stars on each side) compete in drawing contests to win prizes. Thrown into the mix are special challenges (like Shake, Rattle and Draw; Sit and Spin; The Wand) that take advantage of oversized props and fun gadgets. This season will also feature stars from Disney shows "Kickin' It," "Lab Rats," "I Didn't Do It,"  "Austin & Ally," "Jessie," "Dog With a Blog" and "Mighty Med" as well as stars from "Teen Beach Movie."

Over lunch, we were able to speak to Willman, Cameron and Bragg.

For people that aren’t familiar with the original game, how are you describing this to them?

Willman: The simple idea is just that it’s drawing Charades. You get your teammates to guess what you’re drawing. We have a team of writers who write these clues, and the words that they have to draw are so clever.

It's super high-tech, so the old original version was more markers on pads of paper, which was great at the time but here they have these massive touch screens and tons of software they designed just for the games that’s completely interactive.

Contestants have to do a bunch of crazy challenges in round two. Like drawing with a helmet on, where they can’t see anything or drawing with a unicorn stylus and that makes it way tougher but also much more entertaining to watch.

How are you enjoying being a part of the show?

Willman: As a live performer, I’m used to having that instant gratification of a live audience and this feels a lot like that. We’ve got 150 screaming kids, who are having the time of their lives just being there. It’s great because the jokes get instant payback. The excitement, I feed off of it. Even if it’s first thing in the morning, I don’t even need to have my coffee. As soon as that crowd starts to roar, I’m ready to go. It’s a blast.

Bragg: I like the rapid round. I can’t remember what it’s called. Where there’s one person drawing, and two people guessing, then we just switch.

Cameron:  I think the best part for me has actually been, (I know this sounds like such a canned answer), but has been getting to meet these kids. There was this great moment where, it was at the end of the first round when they all kind of flooded in and they hugged us. And some of them were crying, and I wanted to cry. We didn’t realize the gravity of how huge this really is, and “Win, Lose, or Draw” has been great that way. We’ve gotten to interact with a lot of kids.

Justin, what’s the best advice you ever received?

Willman: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

Dove and Joey, you guys seem really polished. What kind of advice do you have for kids that get stage fright?

Bragg: Well, I was doing stand-up comedy, and I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s one of the hardest things to go up there and say stuff that you’ve written. You don’t have music backing you. I wanted to do something that I’m going to remember. And I think a lot of that is “I’m going to embarrass myself,” but you’re never going to see those people that are watching you ever again. Just do it!

Cameron: I always had a fear of cameras because I grew up on stage. Most things in life are one of those things where once you try it, you realize how OK it is. I just don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways. So, yeah. Just have fun. Do what you please.

“Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw” airs Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.


She still lives with her parents!

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:55AM
Later this month, "Extra" host Maria Menounos will premiere her new reality show. "Chasing Maria Menounos" will give fans a peek into her life, including living with her longtime boyfriend and her immigrant parents.

In this interview with Oxygen's On-Air Personality Susie Castillo, Menounos reveals more about her upbringing and what to expect on her new series. Watch this first on MSN TV:

"Chasing Maria Menounos" premieres March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Princess Aslaug brings surprise and intrigue to this scripted drama

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:17AM
Season 2 of History's "Vikings" is underway. Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) revealed she was carrying Ragnar's (Travis Fimmel) child, sending rippling effects into his kingdom. In this video extra, Sutherland talks more about her character and how filming went the second time around.

"Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.

"It's not a good day, Mad Max"

By MSN TV Partner Mar 12, 2014 9:56AM

In this "Parenthood" clip, Max (Max Burkholder) wrecks havoc for Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Hank (Ray Romano) when he barges into the studio, interrupting their workflow.

Watch this clip, first on MSN TV:

Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The classic game show has been upgraded with newer technology

By MSN TV Partner Mar 3, 2014 11:36AM

Who remembers the celebrity game show, "Win, Lose or Draw"? Disney Channel has recreated a kids version of it, premiering Monday, March 3. (The show will air Mondays through Thursdays).


On "Disney's Win, Lose or Draw" Disney Channel and Disney XD stars team up with kid contestants to compete and win prizes in a battle of drawing skills, creativity and wits. Justin Willman hosts the contemporary version of the popular game show, which also features new technology such as motion-control illustration, interactive multi-touch screen displays and other fun challenges.


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 "Disney’' Win, Lose or Draw" premieres Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.