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Alison Sweeney Feeling Effects of Triple Duty Schedule, but No Slowing Down

Alison Sweeney NBC photo

“The Biggest Loser” is wrapping up shooting for its currently-airing season this week, and host Alison Sweeney admits “I’ve been counting the days” ’til it’s over.  That’s because Alison, a master multi-tasker, has taken on a workload that’s nearly impossible.  There’s “Biggest Loser,” her ongoing starring stint on “Days of Our Lives,” plus the “Hollywood Girls Night” TV Guide Channel show she’s executive producing along with her on-camera chores.

Planning her schedule has been like “a thousand-piece puzzle that only fits together one way.  It’s all been happening at once,” she tells us.  “I try to avoid this, but one time did I have to do all three shows in one day, with the Hollywood Moms coming for dinner.  That was a long day.”

In case you weren’t aware, the Sunday night show, in which she partners with Ali Landry, was inspired by their real-life social circle of celebrity moms, who had fun getting together at each other’s homes and dishing on the industry, men, their kids, men, friends and men.  “We want to keep it all positive, fun and light-hearted, just like it is when we talk to our girlfriends off-camera.  It’s not often you’re in the middle of an outrageous conversation or a catfight.  We behave as we would if we came to someone’s house for dinner,” she says.

Sure.  Not surprisingly, though, the show’s teaser promos stress the spilling of secrets, and such attention-grabbing bits as this week’s guest Kendra Wilkinson talking about building a “sex room” in her home with hubby Hank Baskett.  “Kendra is a highlight — the way she opens up about her married life, her background, what her life has been like as a Playmate, how she’s comfortable with her body,” Alison says.  “She had great stuff.  I kept asking her questions.  I HAD to know more.”  Robin Givens is also on this week’s show.  Future shows include Brooke Burns and champion dancer Cheryl Burke.

Alison brushes off reports that she and Landry annoyed their real-life friends by going off on their own to sell the show last year.  “Obviously, I just think there’s a lot of misinformation out there,” she says.  “It’s a wonderful show, really positive, and most important for us, it’s celebrating our friendships.”

The busy actress-host-producer-director also has her husband and two small children at home.  Finding family time “is definitely a big piece of the puzzle,” she says.

She credits nutrition and exercise tips she’s picked up through her years on “The Biggest Loser” for the fact she has the energy for all this.  “These are tools you can use for your whole life, not just when you’re losing weight,” she points out.  And…are you ready?…she’s also training for the L.A. Marathon March 18.

Plastic Surgeon to the Stars Talks ‘Goldilocks Phenomenon’

Kendra Wilkinson

Playboy centerfold cum “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Kendra Wilkinson has been quite open about her breast implants, having famously had them installed when she was 18, but finding them too big after giving birth to her and husband Hank Baskett’s baby.  Reality star Heidi Montag has blabbed about her G-cup implant choice and subsequent desire to downsize.  Sharon Osbourne was quoted saying that after she had her implants removed, she’d give them to husband Ozzy to use as a paperweight, or two.  Victoria Beckham, Janice Dickenson and Jenna Jameson have all been up and down the breast implant scale, and Pamela Anderson has switched implants, and switched again.

Pamela Anderson

It’s what New York plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Grant, a favorite of celebrity women, terms the “Goldilocks phenomenon” — as in too big, too small, just right.  With all the chatter about implants among the famed in recent years, one could get the idea that breast augmentation surgery is just another major purchase — and that would be just plain wrong.

“First of all, celebrities are not normal people, which sounds so redundant, but it’s worth remembering,” points out Dr. Grant.  “There’s always a trap about comparing a non-celebrity to someone in the public eye, who makes choices based on their career and how they want to look on stage or screen.”

Heidi Montag

He also points out that most often, changes in implants by the well-known Goldilocks gals aren’t because they can’t make up their minds.  “Most often it’s simply a matter of their bodies changing as they get older or have kids.  Sometimes it’s because they’ve lost weight, and the implants they had five or ten years earlier no longer look the way they did.  They get implants put in, and over time, gravity works on them as it does on our bodies.  With changes in the structure of the skin, the loss of elasticity, the implants droop.  Then they can get into a cycle of getting implants, then getting new ones until they can start to look ridiculous.  Eventually, you can have a reconstructive challenge.”

Dr. Grant says he’s turned down patients’ requests for plastic surgery he believed would not be in their best interests.  He’s also “had patients come in who are 30 pounds overweight and want liposuction to get rid of it.  I tell them they’re better off working with a physical trainer.”

So, that odd lumpiness we’ve seen in a few celebrity bodies is due to lipo as we suspected?  “You’re probably right,” he says.  “These kinds of things are well documented in Hollywood.  But they’re not typical.”

In fact, Dr. Grant likes to dispel misconceptions about celebrity plastic surgeons whenever the opportunity presents itself, he says.  He stresses that when patients come in, “We spend a lot of time trying to figure out exactly what their goals and objectives are.  We have 3-D cameras that can show patients very well what their post-operative results are going to be like…One should never be cavalier about having any kind of surgery, elective or not.”

Kendra Tells How Being Party Girl Prepared Her for Motherhood

Kendra Wilkinson Baskett

E! Entertainment Channel sensation Kendra Wilkinson tells us that her background as a Playboy mansion habitué has come in handy with her and hubby Hank Baskett’s five-month-old son, Hank IV.  “Being that party girl of a couple of years ago, up all hours of the night – believe it or not, those days paid off,” she informs.  “If I can be at a club ‘til four o’clock in the morning, I can get up and feed my baby at four o’clock.” Of course!

Even fortified with such wee hours know-how, the personality who rose to fame as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends on “The Girls Next Door” admits that sometimes the stress of new motherhood and marriage shows.  In her second season of “Kendra,” viewers have seen a lot of drama, she notes, and “more crying.”  Still, “I have 95 per cent control over what is shot and what isn’t,” she points out. “I’m very hands-on with what is filmed and what isn’t.  Knowing yourself and knowing what mood you’re in at the time is the thing, and you’ve got to know your character.  Hank and I aren’t perfect people.  We fight, you know, we get agitated.  There are times when we do ask them politely, ‘Hey, do you mind if we shut down for a little while?’”

Robert Verdi

FROM THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT:  Watch out Regis.  Celebrity stylist and design expert Robert Verdi tells us he would just l-o-v-e to sit in for you sometime and co-host your show with Kelly Ripa.  He certainly has a big, bright personality to bring to the task.  Right now, Verdi is amassing an avid following with his “The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi” LOGO series that merges comedy with reality as he goes about his busy days with his staff of helpers and armada of colorful friends.  “It’s not as popular as ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ but those who watch it are crazy about it,” he declares.  “I love that it has a real cult following.”

With such shows as “Fashion Police” and “She’s Got the Look” to his credit, does Verdi find that, doing a show on his own — “I can ruin my career all by myself?” he interjects helpfully.  “No, it’s very fun to be doing something that I have a real stake in and an emotional investment.  It’s a completely different experience than when I’m not on the production side.”

As far as whether the Robert Verdi we see on screen is much like the real life Robert, he says, “I’m the same way, it’s just a torqued-up version of it.  In real life there are breaks from the wild and outrageous moments.  I’m too much — but I’m not that much.”

The bald-headed Verdi was on hand at New York’s Union Square this week with Kristen Bell, doing makeovers on three ladies involved in Dress for Success.  That’s the non-profit that gives women in need both clothing and style tools to help advance their careers.  Marshalls supplied the outfits plus a $5,000 spring wardrobe.  He also helped fulfill a Make-a-Wish patient’s dream of being photographed like a supermodel.  Such activities, he notes, “add some meaning to the craziness.”

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE:  Funny guys Rory Albanese and John Oliver from “The Daily Show” landed a feature deal – but it’s going to be awhile before audiences get to see what they have up their sleeves for the big screen.  According to Albanese, they’re “working on a side movie project, but everything’s on the backburner because of the show.  We work on it in our free time.  We can’t make any specific deadline promises until we know we have the time to block out to do it.  We have enough deadlines right now.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Kendra Feeling the Post-Partum Pressure

Kendra Wilkinson

E! Channel sensation Kendra Wilkinson looks incredible in her February OK! Magazine spread — a song of physical perfection, in fact, for a woman who just gave birth Dec. 11. But not to hear her tell it.

“I can’t say I’m back yet. I’m dieting. I’m going to get better,” says the knockout blond, who went from being one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends on “Girls Next Door” to love and marriage with Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hank Baskett on her own “Kendra” show – to motherhood with the arrival of Hank Baskett IV.

She credits helpful lighting and photography for her dazzling look in the British mag. Meanwhile, “I’m under a lot of pressure to get back in shape for photo shoots and stuff like that. They don’t understand that it’s not that easy to get back in shape,” she complains.

“Actually, I had this doctor come over yesterday, to my new house in Tarzana. . The doctor rubbed on my belly and said ‘There’s always going to be that small little pooch because your uterus is shrinking,’” Kendra recounts.

“Once a week I do hardcore training and stuff,” continues the 24-year-old San Diego native. “I breast feed. I have to have some fat in me. Breast feeding, you burn off so many calories.”

“Kendra’s” new season launches March 14, and she considers it “ten times better than last season” – which is saying a lot, considering what a ratings winner has show has been for E! already.

Despite the challenges, Kendra says motherhood is “the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s so great to be a young mom. I can guarantee, if I’d waited 10 yeas to have a baby, I’d be in so much more pain and stuff. I feel like Supermom. If I need to lift a stroller down the steps, I lift it myself. I’m young and strong.”

The best part of all: “The bond between us, the love. He knows I’m his mom now. Every time I walk away he cries, which is painful and a negative thing, but also, every time I’m there, he laughs and smiles. Besides Hank, I’m the only one my baby can recognize and have that immediate comfort with. Wherever we go, if I’m there, he’s happy.”

NEW STEPS: “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba tells us she’s ready to interview some celebrities this weekend at the Oscars as part of her co-hosting gig for the TV Guide Network’s “Live on the Red Carpet.” However, for a “shy” girl from Hawaii, it’s not as easy as it may look.

“I’m not familiar with celebrities. I don’t go out with the Hollywood crowd. I live kind of a quiet life so I thought this job would be exciting,” says Inaba of taking the hosting gig. “It’s really exciting, but it’s a challenge. It’s a whole new world for me because I’m naturally a shy person. I dance. I never liked speaking as much, but then I found myself being a judge and speaking a lot more than I wanted to. Now I’m on the red carpet speaking to celebrities. I get a little nervous because I’m just a girl from Hawaii. It’s bizarre,” she notes. “I have to face my fears of being shy and initiate conversations with people I’ve admired and respected my whole life. It’s an honor to get to interact with them and I just want to do it justice so I study a lot for this job.”

In fact, Inaba tells us she’s been brushing up on all of the Oscar-nominated movies in hopes of being more than prepared for the big day. “I took a couple of weeks off for the Emmys so I could study every single person I could on TV. I spent about two months studying for that. I have to say, I love school and part of being this red carpet host has to do with studying,” explains the acclaimed dancer, who seems to be getting better and better as she goes. “I know I’ve got to speak a little slower. I saw how excited I was so I’ve got to keep that more on the inside and be a little cooler on the outside,”
she adds with a laugh. Hey, it’s the Oscars. Everyone’s excited.

BAD MAN RISING: Dean Norris, familiar to “Breaking Bad” fans as Hank, the amiable blowhard DEA agent brother-in-law of Bryan Cranston’s character, works a whole different set of chops on tomorrow night’s (3/5) episode of “Medium.” His guest role is “the creepiest I’ve ever played. He’s a recidivist child molesting rapist kind of a guy. He’s the brother of the main detective, Scanlon (David Cubitt),” the actor reports.

Norris has been enjoying a busman’s holiday since “Breaking Bad” wrapped production for its March 21-debuting third season in January. He’s also just finished work on a “Lie to Me” episode, and hopes to do more guest roles before the regular TV season is over. “It’s just so much fun. The characters are generally different, and you get to go in there and do a fun, interesting story. You notice, you’re seeing movie stars guest-starring on shows these days,” he points out. Norris shows his funny side in “Cop Talk” videos you can find on YouTube and the AMC website. Those cops he’s seen with in the goofy bits are really cops who are really his buddies, he lets us know. But Norris’ Hank will be anything but funny this coming season, the actor tips. Look out.

NOT THE SAME OLD SAME OLD: Another pilot on the way is ABC’s “Off the Map,” about three doctors who are running a medical clinic in the middle of a tropical rain forest, using limited resources and lots of improvising. The characters are pretty Nina, sexy and tough Indian-American Michael, and brilliant, easily entertained Otis, all of whom left their pasts behind when heading out to the jungle. Sounds interesting.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster