Kickin' It, NBC Style, at Spago
September 21, 2008 8:36 AM
- TVWeek's Emmy Central 2008, full Emmys coverage here.
What: NBC Universal pre-Emmy party
Entertainment: DJ Samantha Ronson was spinning a corporate-friendly mix of tunes. Early on, we heard some classic soul and pop tunes. By night's end, things were getting more current (think Rihanna's "Disturbia"). And yes, Lindsay Lohan was by her side most of the evening. (We only pointed and gawked once.)
Decor: Spago, without the outside tables. A neon Peacock and a few signs congratulating nominees were the only indications this was an NBC bash.
Food: Passed appetizers were a mix of classic Wolfgang (tuna cones, smoked salmon pizza) with some more modern bites (Kobe beef skewers). The dinner buffet offered a crunchy Thai chicken salad, rave-worthy gnocchi and a very tender beef with onions. Seafood lovers could gorge on a wall of crustaceans and other oceanic delights. Dessert selections included neon-green petit fours and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
Highlights: Besides Lindsay and Sam? Conan O'Brien and wife Liza arrived early and held court for a couple of hours in a corner booth toward the back of the restaurant. Hard to fathom, but this time next year, O'Brien won't have to travel nearly so far to attend the Emmys. Fellow "Saturday Night Live" alum Tina Fey had much of the room, even executives, in awe a week after her bravura turn as Sarah Palin. The "Heroes" cast were all over, while "Access Hollywood" and "Today" contributor Maria Menounos mingled mightily. NBCU Entertainment Co-Chairmen Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff worked the crowd, crossing paths with USA Network chief programmer Jeff Wachtel and agents including Endeavor's Rick Rosen and Ari Greenburg, ICM's Greg Lipstone, UTA's Rob Kim and Debbee Klein of Paradigm. Kelsey Grammer, who produces "Medium" for NBC, stopped by, as did several of Fey's "30 Rock" co-stars. Although "Project Runway" soon will leave the NBC Universal family, star Tim Gunn was still a welcome guest this year, as was Andrea Wong, the Lifetime leader who masterminded the deal to steal "Runway" from NBCU-owned Bravo. Also spotted: NBC reality guru Craig Plestis, NBCU marketing chief John Miller and former NBC Entertainment chief Garth Ancier, who's now running BBC America.