Moonlighting in prime time hasn't been a losing proposition for Alison Sweeney.
The longtime cast member of the weekday NBC serial "Days of our Lives" has found added success as host of the weight-loss competition "The Biggest Loser," which wraps up its 10th NBC season Tuesday, Dec. 14. Though she's been through many rounds of encouraging contestants, Sweeney claims it never gets easier to say goodbye to another group.
"I always love people who are very competitive," says the "Loser" host, whose own weight struggles were quite public via her "Days" role. "I totally relate to that desire to succeed and win."
Sweeney assesses season 10 of "Loser" as having had "some game players. There have been people who have manipulated the system to their own success, which is interesting to watch on a different level from the pure working-out level. Even within that strategy, though, they're all still making those breakthroughs and having those revelations and heartfelt moments."
The staying power of "The Biggest Loser" in the NBC lineup doesn't surprise Sweeney. "I just think the show has really taken off because of its constant ability to tell a good story," she reasons. "and to get good contestants who want to change their lives and get healthy. People really relate to the sincerity of that.
"Even though the heart of the show stays the same, each person's story is different, so there's always something new and interesting to watch. And you're reinspired every time you do."
Sweeney appears destined to stay well-employed: NBC is scheduled to launch the 11th season of "The Biggest Loser" Jan. 4, and the network recently gave "Days" a two-year renewal, so she'll be playing Sami at least a while longer.
Additionally, Sweeney is ending her year with the Dec. 28 publication of her book "The Mommy Diet," her very personal guide to just what the title indicates.
"I have these amazing experts in my life who I seek advice from all the time," she says, "and to be able to share that with the reader is something I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times