Fox Parties on the Pier
July 15, 2008 2:04 PM
After months of strike drama and bad news about low ratings, it almost felt like the good old days again Monday night at Fox's TV Critics Association press tour party.
The network returned to the Santa Monica Pier for its bash, which has a good shot at claiming the title of Party of the Tour. However, we'll reserve final judgment until the other networks hold their parties later this week.
Fox Entertainment chiefs Peter Liguori and Kevin Reilly welcomed a slew of the network's new stars and producers. Showrunners such as J.J. Abrams ("Fringe"), Joss Whedon ("Dollhouse"), Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") and Matt Groening ("The Simpsons") were popular targets for reporters looking for good soundbites.
Partygoers will never eat lunch in this town—at least for a day or two—after gorging themselves on the endless quantities of amusement-park fare, from tri-tip sandwiches to roasted corn on the cob. One popular desert choice: Dippin' Dots, aka the Ice Cream of the Future. (Not everyone appreciated the technological advance. Said one partygoer, "They taste like frozen rabbit pellets.")
When they weren't schmoozing, stars and reporters spent the night playing the pier's many carnival games, including the ever-popular Whack-a-Mole. Fox Reality programming chief Bob Boden, as he does every year, cleaned up, winning about a dozen stuffed animals and Stewie dolls.