FOX's press tour gala - Simpsons, swag, Santa Monica - TCA report
Two days of presentations from FOX wrapped up with yet another outdoor "all-stars" party. FOX held its gala at the Santa Monica Pier just in time for out-of-town TCA members to see the sunset and the Pacific Ocean.
While there was plenty of swag in sight (mostly various sizes of dolls from The Simpsons), you had to earn it!
Party attendees played carnival games (ring toss, shooting baskets, knocking down bottles with baseballs, popping balloons with darts) in order to take home prizes.
There were roller-coaster rides, a "Pacific Wheel" (aka Ferris Wheel), bumper cars (that House's Hugh Laurie and Jesse Spencer drove) and something called "Euro Bungee," a device that allowed party-goers the opportunity to be suspended in air with a harness.
The carnival atmosphere made interviewing a bit difficult (screams from roller-coaster riders tend to interrupt deep conversations.) Plus, everyone wanted to win a Homer Simpson doll!
Still, there were observations to be made and soundbytes to be recorded.
Producers of Canterbury Rules, the mid-season legal drama set in Providence, RI, told me there's a chance series lead Julianne Margulies will shoot on location during the first season. "We haven't decided yet [if we're going to Providence], but Julianne would love to," one producer said.
I asked The Return of Jezebel James' Amy Sherman-Palladino the same question I asked Cane's behind the scenes force-of-nature Jonathan Prince, "why aren't you on television in addition to writing, producing or directing it?"
"You're adorable," Amy tells me, adding she has no interest in being on-air talent. "Because then I'd have to stop eating -- and I can't. Actors are weird about food and they're very tiny. If you go to hug Parker Posey -- most of her is just fabric. She loves doing yoga!"
I'm not sure how Posey's rep -- or Posey herself -- would feel about my hugging her. But she's off the hook. If she came to the party, I don't see her.
Joely Fisher told me she's thrilled to be back with Brad Garrett for a second season of 'Til Death. Executive producer Josh Goldsmith revealed an upcoming storyline; "Brad's 6'8" only he can't play basketball," says Goldsmith. "It's a great color for him."
Big prize winners included Garrett (who left with a life-sized Homer Simpson doll; yeah, it was that big), Back to You's Patricia Heaton won stuffed figures for her kids and Bones' Eric Millegan and his brother Patrick also scored a life-sized Radioactive Man. "I won this by playing the unpredictable ring toss [game]," Millegan says.
Spoke to Prison Break brothers Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell. One PB spy tells me that there's going to be a crisis between the two siblings next season that extends beyond Michael's imprisonment. What could cause such a rift? Maybe Lincoln and Sara will fall for each other while Michael's behind bars? "I don't know what's going on with Sara," Purcell shrugged.
Hmm...that's not a confirmation, but it's not really a denial either.
I'd ask her myself but I don't see Sarah Wayne Callies at the party tonight. Maybe she's filming back in Texas. Miller said he was catching a plane soon to head back there.
Family Guy's Alex Borstein shared that she and FG cast members just returned from a comedy festival in Montreal. "We did two live readings of [Family Guy] there," Borstein, who voices Lois, says. "It's like nothing else. People are shocked to see your face behind the voice."
Is Borstein worried about surviving past episode 100, unfortunately titled, "Stewie Kills Lois"? "I was a little worried," Borstein says. "We'll see what happens."
Garrett and Heaton shared a nice reunion on the wooden planks of the pier. Heaton told reporters, "We had the strongest supporting cast on [Everybody Loves Raymond] and I can't believe we've gotten another show like this. I think [Back to You] will be as good as Raymond was."