Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NEWS: Alison Sweeney Out as 'The Biggest Loser' Host; Plus, Freddie Smith, Molly Burnett, Spencer Neville, Jim Parsons, Marti Noxon

Longtime Days of our Lives star Alison Sweeney will no longer host The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser is losing one of its biggest stars. Longtime host Alison Sweeney, who joined the franchise in Season 4, is leaving after eight years.

"After an incredible run together, Alison Sweeney will not be returning as host of The Biggest Loser next season," the show said in a statement. A replacement for Sweeney has not yet been named.

Spencer Neville, Freddie Smith and Molly Burnett.
Days of our Lives stars Molly Burnett, Freddie Smith and Spencer Neville in new movie
Burnett (ex-Melanie), Smith (ex-Sonny) and Neville (Derrick) began work on Monday on a new film, Hiker, that also features Smith’s real-life love, Alyssa Tabit. Burnett posted on Instagram about their first day working on the film and added, “So excited for you to guys to see what’s coming.”

Door is always open for Freddie Smith to return to Days of our Lives
"I signed on to Days of our Lives for four years. I knew my contract was coming to an end and the big decision had to be made. I felt the love story was told beautifully and as an actor, I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and pursue other avenues. When I sat down with Corday and the other producers to tell them I had decided to leave, they were so supportive and thanked me for my hard work. They even said the door was always open, which is the best compliment I could have received."

Marti Noxon developing soap about NYC restaurant business for FOX
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and UnReal creator Marti Noxon is getting into the restaurant biz for a new series with Fox. Titled Hungry, the drama, which is in early development at the network, is an hourlong soap set in the down and dirty, cutthroat and exciting restaurant world of New York City. The series centers on a young, aspiring chef who lands the thankless job as a line cook for one of Manhattan’s most famous — and infamous — culinary stars.

World's Highest-Paid TV Actors 2015: Jim Parsons Leads With $29 Million Take
The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons leads the pack with a $29 million haul earned between June 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015. The contract negotiations that helped Parsons nab the top spot and co-star Johnny Galecki the second, with $27 million, also helped rocket fellow cast members Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar onto the list at $20 million each.

Fox releases 22-minute Empire featurette prepping you for Season 2
Empire is returning for a second season on September 22, and the to prep you for it, Fox has released a 22-minute featurette, with Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and the rest of the key cast sharing an inside look at the hit show that took America by storm, as they discuss what fans can look forward to in the upcoming season 2.

Watch below:

The Walking Dead's moody new trailer and dramatic preview will get you ready for October
The Walking Dead returns Sunday, October 11 on AMC.

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