TCA Party Patrol: NBC, CBS Get Their Grooves on
July 21, 2008 3:37 PM
Imagine Jeff Zucker's brain, filled as it is with synergistic neurons constantly dreaming up new ways to link together various parts of the NBC Universal empire. Now imagine if that brain exploded all over the Oasis garden at the Beverly Hills Hilton, with various Peacock properties popping out all over the place.
That would pretty much describe the scene at NBC's all-star TCA bash. The Sunday soiree was populated with the most random members of the NBCU family.
Hey, it's Janice Dickinson and Tori Spelling of Oxygen walking by NBC News analyst Chuck Todd! There's Ben Silverman giving an interview to NBC's affiliate news feed while Coolio (also soon to be on Oxygen) plays DJ. Or maybe Christian Slater is giving the interview—they're both wearing the same dark-sportcoat-and-white-shirt getup.
Mr. Silverman loved the scene, waxing rhapsodic about the "awesome" way in which the Peacock empire had come together. And Mr. Todd even put up with a reporter grilling him for 10 minutes about the presidential election (look for Barack Obama to announce his VP pick as soon as next week, he predicted).
A similar celebrity mash-up took place two nights earlier at Hollywood's Boulevard 3, site of the CBS Paramount press tour party.
The cross-network event made it possible for reporters to hit up everyone from Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" to Julie Chen of "Big Brother." For many journalists, however, the real coup of the night was landing an audience with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, who still manages to find time to stop by TCA most years (Bob Iger and Jeff Zucker don't do that).
The CBS party won points for swankiness, food selection and overall vibe. But NBC's bash—despite offering up what seemed to be leftovers from the Beverly Hills Hilton kitchen—was far less crowded and easier to navigate, something no doubt appreciated by news-hungry scribes.