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Become a ‘Loser’ with Sweeney
Saturday, February 24, 2007 11:53 AM | By Errol Lewis

( — NBC is banking on “Days of our Lives” heroine, Alison Sweeney, to revive its ailing “Biggest Loser” competition series as it goes through a transition.

Sweeney, who plays Samantha ‘Sami’ Brady on the popular soap, has been tapped to replace former “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” actress Caroline Rhea as host of “The Biggest Loser.” The reality series aired its third season finale in December.

“Alison is an incredible talent and will bring not only a great fresh face to the show but a huge, loyal fan base,” said Ben Silverman, executive producer of “Loser” and CEO of Reveille, LLC, the production company behind the program.

“We are thrilled and look forward to another strong season.”

“The Biggest Loser,” which debuted in October 2004, had been losing ratings ground since its second season and fell even further in its third season.

Sweeney began playing Sami Brady on “DAYS” in January 1993. Since then she has earned four Soap Opera Digest Awards. Her credits include roles on “Las Vegas,” “Friends,” and an unforgettable appearance on the now cancelled reality series, “Fear Factor.”

The actress has had to deal with her own weight issues while growing up as described in her autobiography, “All The Days of My Life (So Far), which was first published in 2004. She has a two year-old son, Ben, with California Highway Patrol Officer, Dave.

Production on the fourth season of “Loser,” with Sweeney as host, begins this spring.

Pictured: Alison Sweeney courtesy Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

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    By Errol Lewis

    ( — In what can only be called the biggest TV marriage in recent memory, the ABC Television Network has extended the contracts of its “Desperate Housewives” and their creator, Marc Cherry.

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    Marcia Cross (Bree), Teri Hatcher (Susan), Felicity Huffman (Lynette), Eva Longoria (Gabrielle) and Nicollette Sheridan (Edie) may soon become the richest women on television as the stars have signed a new four-year deal with ABC Television Studio to continue their work on the ABC comedy-drama.

    The deal guarantees the actresses will appear on “Housewives” through at least 2011. It does not guarantee the series will still be on the air by 2011, however. Financial information has not been confirmed, but it is said that each will receive more than seven-figures each year.

    Series creator, Marc Cherry, who appeared “Desperate” in 2003 when shopping his idea to networks and studios, has signed a similar deal with the TV studio to the amount of more than $15 million.

    “The studio and the network and I all feel it’s best for me to stay glued to the set,” Cherry told Daily Variety. “I’ve got my ship, and I’m gonna run it.”

    Cherry has planned to end “Desperate Housewives’” run at the seven year mark since day one. “I think that, at the end of my deal, and after seven seasons, it will be a good time to call it quits,” he said. “I don’t want anyone else to run the show, and I don’t want us to fade away.”

    While it is still too early to close the “Housewives” book as the series is currently in its third season, ABC Television Studio president, Mark Pedowitz, says Cherry “has always said he sees this as a seven-year show.” However, Pedowitz was quick to point out that “nobody’s made any determinations that it will end after seven years. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

    “Housewives” airs Sundays at 9:00 PM, EST/PST on the ABC Television Network.

    Photo Credit Bob D’Amico/ABC

    Something must be in the air as ABC stars Marcia Cross and Patrick Dempsey have welcomed twins into their respective families.

    People magazine is reporting that Marcia Cross, 44, who plays Bree Van De Kamp on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives, gave birth to fraternal twin girls on Tuesday, February 20. The actress and stockbroker husband Tom Mahoney, 49, named the twins Eden and Savannah, the magazine stated.

    “Mother and babies are all doing well,” said spokesperson Heidi Slan.

    Previously, Cross was ordered to bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. “Housewives” was forced to work around her pregnancy order and decided to rap Cross’ storyline earlier than planned.

    In other news, Patrick Dempsey, 41, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” also welcomed twins in to the world during the month of February. Along with wife Jillian, Dempsey said hello for the first time to Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick. The twins were born on Thursday, February 1. The Dempsey’s also have a four-year-old daughter named Talula.

    “I think the thing about Patrick is, obviously he has a tremendous love for his wife and his daughter, but he has a tremendous sense of duty,” said “Anatomy” co-star Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), when speaking to People magazine.

    “He’s really sort of old-fashioned in that way – he’s got a good sense of being a gentleman and taking care of his family, and that’s what makes him a good dad. It’s an admirable quality.”

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