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Megan and Her New Boyfriend

July 21, 2006 5:33 PM

Soon-to-be syndicated talk show host Megan Mullally was the headliner at NBC’s Press Tour lunch Friday, which was originally scheduled to feature burgers. But after getting word that rival daytime talker Rachael Ray and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel served burgers at their respective lunch sessions earlier in the tour, NBC wisely switched to a lovely spread of pasta, salad and seasoned chicken breasts, thereby dodging the bullet of being endlessly called an also-ran on overly critical blogs (ahem).

One critic had Mullally eating out of the palm of his hand after his microphone went dead: She accommodated him by sauntering down off the small stage and sitting right down at his table, making for the most intimate Q&A of tour.

Besides a recap of what to expect in the fall for the show—a curtain that pays homage to classic TV shows, sketches, a live band, both celebrity and non-celebrity guests—Mullally said she may get some extra help in promoting the show.

In markets where she runs back-to-back with Warner Bros.’ talker “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which includes several top 10 NBC Universal O&Os, Mullally and her old friend Ellen are talking about starring in on-air promos together.   

Megan Mullally - NBC's Summer TCA Session 2006

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