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ABC's All-Star party - plus Desperate Housewives preview - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 27th 2007 10:39AM
abc logoABC had so much star and producer power attending its All-Stars party for the TV Critics at the Beverly Hilton last night, it had to have had to have two -- count 'em two -- tip sheets (one with stars; one with producers) for the media.

There was one typo, however For some reason, Marc Cherry was listed on the producers' list; sure, he's Desperate Housewives' top exec, but the man should have been put on the talent tip sheet, too. He knows how to tease a season and entertain a table full of reporters like no other!

Cherry gave the scoop on new characters played by Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion -- also, a preview of what's ahead for the other ladies of Wisteria Lane.

Cherry says:

  • Delany plays a woman who moved onto Wisteria Lane 12 years ago when Mary-Alice was alive and only Susan knew her. She's back with a younger husband (Fillion) and her daughter is now 17
  • Brenda Strong (Mary-Alice) will make live appearances in flashback
  • Newlywed Gaby continues her affair with Carlos
  • We find out why Bree's hiding her pregnancy
  • Lynnette's in the middle of chemo and having problems with her mother
  • Susan and Mike are trying to settle into domestic bliss

Fillion chimes in and asks Cherry if his character will have an affair with every DH woman? "I think that that's better [likely to happen] behind the scenes," quips Cherry, causing Fillion to break out into laughter.

Trivia tip: Delany was Cherry's first choice for Bree, the role that went to Marcia Cross. "I had other things I wanted to do at the time," says Delany, as to why she passed on the role that became a Sunday night sensation.

What about Nicollette Sheridan? Is Edie, who hung herself in the finale last season really gone? "You're not going to hear anything about Edie from me, so you can just give that one up for me right now," Cherry playfully scolds. "I'm saving that one for a surprise!"

The rest of ABC's TV lineup were in attendance, too. Actors first entered the Hilton's Wilshire Room for a red carpet and then were escorted down the hall to the Beverly Hills Ballroom for one of the few, if not only, network All-Stars party that took place indoors.

The food -- chicken, beef, salad, salmon -- was delicious. The dance floor was packed (mostly with a few hardworking publicists and stars' guests). Alas, the music was a bit loud, which hampered interviews, but not even the dim lighting kept the stars from shining. Notes from the party floor included:

  • Dancing with the Stars' Maksim Chmerkovskiy not having his party pass with him so he was stopped at the entrance by diligent security. "He's on TV," explained the dancer's escort.
  • DH's Teri Hatcher making a late appearance and sharing her thoughts on Susan, fashion and her summer with a gaggle of reporters
  • Private Practice's Kate Walsh also talking to a group of journalists, touting her new series and upcoming wedding
  • Men in Trees' Anne Heche and James Tupper hanging out together after giving individual interviews
  • Pushing Daisies Chi McBride making a late arrival
  • James Pickens -- who wasn't on the tip sheet -- also a later arrival
  • Dirty Sexy Money's William Baldwin, Pushing Daisies' Kristin Chenoweth, and Ugly Betty's Rebecca Romijn were three of the more sought after actors for interviews

The Hilton's lobby was jam-packed with hotel guests. Many of the stars stopped and signed autographs and posed for pictures as they went to the valet to get their cars.

That's it for the 2007 summer TV Critics/TCA press tour.

See you in January!

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