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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

 

Geek alert: 'Mythbusters' hosts lend their voices in this special episode

By MSN TV Partner 15 hours ago
Loads of fans are getting their geek on at Comic-Con this weekend. For the rest of us, there is the upcoming "Star Wars" themed "Phineas & Ferb" special episode. The animated stepbrothers and their friends will find themselves in a parallel universe, during "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". Expect encounters with the major players, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

MSN TV has this exclusive image of "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as members of the Empire:

Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh expressed their excitement about adding Savage and Hyneman to the cast: "We’ve been wanting to do something with them for ages, because they are the living adult versions of Phineas and Ferb in the real world. We ran into them at Comic-Con last year and knew that they worked on the original 'Star Wars', so when this opportunity came up we asked if they could come voice a few characters for us. It was really cool for us; we're hoping it was cool for them."

It's definitely cool for us!

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
 

The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16

By MSN TV Partner Jun 24, 2014 9:07AM
Last week CBS announced some new twists in the upcoming season of "Big Brother" and also introduced the new cast. Just in time for the two-night premiere, MSN TV has exclusive photos of host Julie Chen hamming it up for the cameras. Chen also shared a little bit more insight into what to expect this season.

Photos: Reality TV villains

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive.  First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game.  Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble.  Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."

Video: Meet the new 'Big Brother' houseguests


Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room.  It's cozy and secluded.  A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy.  The room has a door you can close for piracy from others.  This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"

Video: Take a tour of the 'Big Brother' Tree house

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn.   I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments.  I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was.  It wasn't easy, but it was memorable." 

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS

"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS) 

Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show

By MSN TV Partner Jun 18, 2014 11:06AM
The Daytime Emmy Awards are around the corner, and CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" has three nominations. In addition to Best Game Show, host Wayne Brady is nominated twice. No surprise that Brady picked up his fifth nomination for Best Game Show Host, but thanks to those stellar improv skills Brady also finds himself in the Best Original Song category. With the help of keyboardist Cat Gray, watch Brady create this impromptu tune for adoring fan and contestant Daphne:
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.

"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at www.daytimeemmys.net.


 

No sparkles here. "This is absolute, pure horror."

By MSN TV Partner Jun 17, 2014 1:10PM
Earlier this month we shared the trailer for FX's "The Strain", the vampire thriller from director Guillermo del Toro. Today, courtesy of Xbox Video and FX, we are showcasing two behind-the-scenes clips.

Learn more about the story of this modernized vampire world and hear from the cast and crew, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin, as well as director del Toro and executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost").


The Season Pass for "The Strain" is now available on Xbox Video.

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
 

Plus, watch a DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide"

By MSN TV Jun 10, 2014 9:24AM
Just in time for the 5th season premiere, MSN TV is giving away the Season 4 DVD of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles". At the end of Season 4, the popular series left us wondering last season if Jane (Angie Harmon) might be pregnant.

Season 4 is also the final season featuring cast member Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide last year. Young played detective Barry Frost, and the "R&I" will pay tribute to the actor the first two episodes of the upcoming season.

Watch our exclusive DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide" where you get more insight behind the Paddy Doyle storylines. Then enter our giveaway:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on June 16, 2014 and we'll select two winners at random by 12 p.m. PT June 17, 2014.

Other details:
Open to U.S. residents only but no P.O. Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 5 premieres June 17 at 9PM ET/PT  on TNT. "Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season" is now available in stores and online.

 

Exclusive pics gives perspective from Drew Carey's suit lapel

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 11:17AM
This week is Socially Awesome Week on "The Price Is Right", where followers have been and will be participating via Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

For Tuesday's Pinterest show, host Drew Carey wore a camera on his lapel, which snapped candid shots throughout the taping. Get a first look at a few of these photos from the episode, first on MSN TV:

In the dressing room, Mr. Carey sans glasses!
Photo Credit: CBSGetting ready for the cameras:
lPhoto credit: CBSSpinning the wheel:
Photo credit: CBSCool prizes:
Photo credit: CBSTuesday will also feature a sweepstakes where fans will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Hawaii via Pinterest.

Other highlights from this week includes Friday's "You Decide" show, which will feature fan-driven content decided by the show's Twitter audience. "The Young and The Restless" stars Melissa Ordway and Daniel Goddard will appear as guest models as well. 

Watch a preview here:
For all of the shows social handles, www.priceisright.com

"The Price Is Right" airs weekdays 11AM ET, 10AM PT on CBS. The special Pinterest episode airs June 3.
 

Official extended trailer for the upcoming vampire horror series

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 9:06AM
This summer, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan brings their best-selling vampire horror novels to the small screen. Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro star as members of a special CDC team sent in to investigate unexplainable viral outbreaks.

Thanks to our friends at Xbox Video, see the official extended trailer for FX's "The Strain" before it is available anywhere else:



The Season Pass for The Strain is now available on Xbox Video.

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| "The Strain" on Facebook

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

What summer premieres are you excited for? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
 

It's Coronation Day for the 'Ellen' cuties

By MSN TV May 19, 2014 10:00AM
Sophia Grace and Rosie made a viral splash with their sassy rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" on 'Ellen'. The YouTube clip where the girls meet Nicki has received over 76 million views since their first appearance on Ellen's show three years ago.

The young British girls have a new movie coming out this week, 'Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure', where they attend the coronation of a new queen. Scroll down to watch clip of one of their sweet appearances on "Ellen", and then enter to win both the DVD and a signed poster from the little stars!

How to enter:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.​​com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on May 23, 2014 and we'll select five winners at random by 12 p.m. PT May 27, 2014.

Other details:
Open to US residents only but no PO Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

Good luck!