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The Dish on Jeri Ryan

February 14, 2005 12:00 AM

Many actors work in restaurants before they make it big, but Jeri Ryan ("Star Trek: Voyager," "Boston Public") is doing things the other way around. Last week Ms. Ryan opened Ortolan, a French restaurant in West Los Angeles, with her significant other, chef Christophe Eme, previously of chi-chi L.A. eatery L'Orangerie. Mr. Eme brings some of his signature dishes to the new space, which boasts a vertical herb garden right in the restaurant's bar. One night last week Ms. Ryan was paying close attention to her guests, providing an exemplary level of service. Blink expressed interest in a lamb dish that can be ordered only for two people. When no one else at the table wanted lamb, Ms. Ryan stepped in, agreeing to order the other half for herself. Talk about a full-service restaurant. The lamb, by the way, was delicious. --CHRISTOPHER LISOTTA

Ironic Listing

It seems the TV Guide Channel has a problem with its listings. Last week the new season of "Survivor" debuted on ... TVGC? No, but viewers with certain interactive programming guides, including TiVo, thought so. On Sunday, "Survivor: Palau" was listed as being on TVGC with the description: "A group of contestants stranded in the remote waters of the Pacific Ocean battle for a $1 million prize." But it was actually a "Survivor: Palau Preview Special," a behind-the-scenes look at the veteran reality series that premieres its 10th season on CBS next week. A TVGC rep swore it wasn't guerrilla marketing, just a mistake by Tribune Media Services, which provides listings info. But the fledging entertainment network will presumably tolerate any accidental viewership. --JAMES HIBBERD

Vegas Touchback

What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas when it airs on TV, and that is a problem for the National Football League, which prohibits ads with even a vague association to gambling on its TV partner's network or local stations just before and during the Super Bowl. Yet last week, for the second year in a row, Las Vegas marketers slipped spots under the NFL's radar by buying time on local outlets. Commercials ran on Fox stations in New York, L.A., Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia. "We were approached by Fox," said Rob Dondero, exec VP of ad agency R&R Partners, whose client is the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Mr. Dondero said the "Only Vegas"-themed spots made no reference to gambling and didn't even show the Vegas strip. Instead, they featured a boxer and his trainer, who alluded to racy Las Vegas activities. Fox declined to comment. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement the league discussed the prohibition on certain ads with Fox as recently as last week. He added: "We are now looking into pinpointing the markets in which the spots ran and also at what time during the day." --WAYNE FRIEDMAN