Party on, Garth - TCA Report
TCA parties are known for loud music, tons of actors, executives and producers, and lots and lots of reporters.
Friday night's bash thrown by Garth Ancier, the new president of US Operations BBC Worldwide America, had none of those things. As a result, it's become the party of the tour. Who talked the exec into opening up his private home to members of the TCA ? "Nobody," he tells TV Squad. "This way my idea. I've had many great parties here over the years."
Ancier entertained TCA members with stories of working with the late great Aaron Spelling and how the ex-head of The WB arranged a meeting with the series-making mogul. "He might have thought we were going to cancel Charmed," Ancier theorized.
In reality, Ancier and an associate just wanted a tour of the famous Spelling mansion. The always-gracious Spelling happily showed them around his home, including a peek at Candy Spelling's infamous gift-wrapping room.
One of Ancier's goals is to see what works on British TV and help adapt programs to the US market. The exec says he's tracking a trend abroad right now that will make for great TV in the states. "I can't say what it is yet," he teases.
The BBC bash wasn't totally devoid of talent -- Max Beesley (Hotel Babylon), John Barrowman (Torchwood), and James Nesbitt (Jekyll) were on hand. There wasn't a lot of major interviewing going on, however, given the affair's sedate tone. Which is not to say it wasn't entertaining. Nesbitt performed with a small jazz band, singing "I've Got You Under My Skin."
Morganne, described as an "international chanteuse" and "L.A.'s own divine diva," also provided some musical entertainment.
The change of pace get-together allowed TCA members to feel like they'd been given a night off. "I'd say there are about 50 to 60 critics here," speculated Terry Morrow of Scripps Howard News Service. "A lot of [critics] might have skipped it because it's BBC American and not a major network -- but they're missing a great party."
In addition to being the party to beat, Ancier's gala also provided the tour's best swag/party gift to date: a comfy white bathrobe courtesy of "Hotel Babylon."