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Sep 26, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ATAS Governors Ball

Location: Shrine Auditorium

Type: After-party

Stars who attended: Teri Hatcher, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, James Spader, Conan O’Brien, Christian Slater, Geena Davis, Glenn Close, Hugh Laurie, Tony Shalhoub, Ray Romano, Doris Roberts, William Shatner, Brad Garrett, Blythe Danner, Geoffrey Rush, CCH Pounder, Cloris Leachman, Kiefer Sutherland, Portia de Rossi, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Chen.

Executives/industry members who attended: Viacom co-President and CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves; Disney-ABC Television Group President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman Anne Sweeney; NBC Universal Television Group President Jeffrey Zucker; NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly; UPN President Dawn Ostroff, UPN Senior VP of Marketing Rachel Clark; ATAS Chairman and Tribune Entertainment President and CEO Dick Askin; “Law & Order” executive producer Dick Wolf; William Morris President and co-CEO Jim Wiatt; Endeavor founding partner Rick Rosen; “Desperate Housewives” executive producer Marc Cherry; Hearst Entertainment’s International Channel Development Managing Director Stanley Sagner; Hearst Entertainment Executive VP James Deutch.

Ambience: The theme for the spectacular décor was a 1930s art deco ocean liner, with blue and white table settings on candlelit tables with tall mirrored vases filled with hydrangeas, white roses and calla lilies.

Food: At each place setting was a vintage “Passport,” a box filled with Dove chocolates. The first course was waiting when guests arrived: a jumbo shrimp cocktail with avocado and marinated tomatoes on a bed of seaweed. The entrée was a filet of beef Wellington, served with pommes duchesse (potatoes) and broccoli with bordelaise sauce. Dessert was peach Melba and roasted peaches with white chocolate ice cream. Wines included 2001 Napa Valley sauvignon blanc from Beaulieu vineyard, Rutherford Ranch cabernet sauvignon and champagne by Laurent-Perrier.

Entertainment: Big-band sounds from Art Deco and His Society Orchestra (featuring Alec Millstein and Cassie Miller) and a performance by the Ten Tenors from Australia.

Buzz: Upbeat comments about this year’s show, especially the faster pacing and shorter acceptance speeches. Guesses about how far the ratings would be up (and nobody thought they would be down). Debate over Ellen DeGeneres’ seemingly abbreviated appearances. -ALEX BEN BLOCK

HBO Party

Location: The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood

Type: After-party

Stars who attended: Jane Alexander, Kathy Bates, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Louis Black, Peter Boyle, Sacha Baron Cohen, Bobby Cannavale, Marcia Cross, Geena Davis, Matthew Fox, Jeff Garlin, Brad Garrett, Lauren Graham, Macy Gray, Tom Green, Adrian Grenier, Ed Harris, Patricia Heaton, Star Jones Reynolds, Chris Kattan, Jane Kaczmarek, Ray Liotta, Bill Maher, Camryn Manheim, Jenny McCarthy, Ian McShane, S. Epatha Merkerson, Cynthia Nixon, Chazz Palminteri, Jeremy Piven, Doris Roberts, Freddy Rodriguez, Ray Romano, Geoffrey Rush, Jimmy Smits, Mira Sorvino, Quentin Tarantino, Charlize Theron, Gabrielle Union, Bradley Whitford, Fred Willard, Alfre Woodard.

Executives/industry members who attended: HBO President Carolyn Strauss; HBO Films President Colin Callender; HBO Executive VP Richard Plepler; Time Warner Entertainment & Network Groups Chairman Jeff Bewkes; “Warm Springs” producers Chrisann Verges, Mark Gordon and Celia Costas; “Everybody Loves Raymond” executive producers Philip Rosenthal and Stu Smiley; “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” director Stephen Hopkins.

Ambience: Salute to Bollywood. Designer Billy Butchkavitz fashioned an elegant passage to India under a gigantic arched tent whose ceiling swirled with blue, green and silver lighting. The turquoise and silver palette extended to the tables, the dance floor and the sexy saris draping traditional Indian dancers. Rows of champagne bottles sat in colorfully painted, altarlike structures topped with mini-minarets. Guests could visit the Lancôme beauty bar to refresh their makeup.

Food: Lobster vindaloo, quail tikka, samosas, salmon with lentils, molten chocolate cake, rice pudding.

Entertainment: DJ Qool rocked the plaza, accompanied by a live drummer.

Buzz: Tables seemed to groan under the weight of golden statuettes. It was hugs and air kisses galore as winning talent from “Everybody Loves Raymond” joined the celebration for HBO’s much-lauded movies “Empire Falls,” “Lackawanna Blues” and “Warm Springs,” which collected seven awards that night.

Fun factor: Winners love company. -NATALIE FINN

Fox Emmy Party

Location: Spago in Beverly Hills

Type: After-party

Stars who attended: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, David Boreanaz, Alex Borstein, Dan Castellaneta, Bradley Cooper, Richard Kind, Jamie King, Hugh Laurie, Denis Leary, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, Seth MacFarlane, Chris O’Donnell, Nicole Richie, William Shatner, James Spader, Kiefer Sutherland, Jeffrey Tambor, Sela Ward, Marissa Jaret Winokur.

Executives/industry members who attended: News Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin; 20th Century Fox Television Presidents Dana Walden and Gary Newman; Fox Broadcasting Entertainment President Peter Liguori; Fox Television President Ed Wilson; Fox Executive VP of Programming Craig Erwich; “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening; “Arrested Development” writer (and Emmy winner for outstanding writing for a comedy series) Mitchell Hurwitz; “House” writer David Shore (Emmy winner for outstanding writing for a drama series); “Bones” executive producer Barry Josephson.

Ambience: More is more. Chocolate-hued fur pillows and throws graced several cream-colored couches and settees set up among the candlelit tables in the main dining room. Centerpieces were small white candles resting in rectangular glass vases, surrounding a tall glass stand that held a brown satin flower arrangement. Red, fuchsia and purple lighting colored the ceiling and patio. Several flat-screen TVs showed the Emmy ceremony and flashed congratulatory nods to Fox nominees.

Food: An endless supply of tempting hors d’oeuvres, including mini Kobe beef cheeseburgers, Spago’s signature smoked salmon pizza, bruschetta with figs and mascarpone, shrimp tempura, tuna tartare and tiny blini with dollops of crème fraîche and caviar. A sushi bar; shellfish, charcuterie and cheese stations; and desserts such as lemon cookies served with fresh blackberries rounded out the delectable spread.

Entertainment: Cameron Douglas, Michael’s son, was the deejay. Standing behind a red fur-covered table, he spun tunes ranging from Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” to the Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun.”

Buzz: Though the mood was slightly subdued after “Lost” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” captured the top two awards, knocking out “24” and “Arrested Development,” the party atmosphere didn’t suffer for long. “The boys got them, and they’re the heart and soul,” said “Arrested” star Will Arnett, referring to writers Mr. Hurwitz and Jim Vallely’s wins. “We’re just really lucky to get to come to this, and just the fact that they recognized our show at all is amazing.” Congrats were also in full swing for 20th Century Fox Television’s “Boston Legal” stars William Shatner and James Spader, who won outstanding supporting actor and outstanding lead actor in a drama, respectively, for a second straight year.

Fun factor: Boxes of gold-dusted chocolate truffles and pastries from Boule bakery were placed in partygoers’ cars, a sweet surprise for the ride home (and Monday’s breakfast). -NATALIE FINN

TV Guide & Inside TV Emmy Party

Location: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Type: After-party

Stars who attended: Mischa Barton, Kristen Bell, Zach Braff, Brandon Davis, Teri Hatcher, Paris Hilton, Felicity Huffman, Denis Leary, William H. Macy, John McGinley, Beverly Mitchell, Sandra Oh, Jeremy Piven, Nicole Richie, Elisabeth Röhm, Sara Rue, Jane Seymour, Jessica Simpson, Wilmer Valderrama.

Executives/industry members who attended: NBC Universal Television’s Angela Bromstad, West Coast’s Holly Robinson-Peete, William Morris Agency’s Jim Ornstein and Ken Slotnick, Kenny Linder & Associates’ Karen Wang-Lavelle and more.

Ambience: Classic-Hollywood decadence was present in the Roosevelt’s Blossom ballroom, which was lined with palm trees, big leather couches and a Dove chocolate display that literally overflowed with chocolates, cookies and ice cream bars. Those looking for that party-like-a-rock-star scene had only to step outside to the poolside Tropicana Bar, where the private cabanas, fire pits, beauty bar and stage were located. Flat-screen televisions were located in every corner, showing live red-carpet entrances.

Food: Spoons filled with assorted sashimi and sauces were passed around along with miniburgers, pastries, wine and champagne. The themed cocktails paid homage to several Emmy-nominated shows, such as the “Lost” Mai Tai, the “Will & Grace” Manhattan, the “Deadwood” Whiskey Sour and “Scrubs” shots, which were served in test tubes.

Entertainment: DJ AM set the mood in the ballroom and DJ Samantha Ronson got the party started outside, but the highlight of the night’s entertainment was Missy Elliott’s performance. Ms. Elliott also debuted her all-girl group, Wicked.

Buzz: The usually energetic Ms. Elliott wasn’t able to walk on stage because of a torn Achilles tendon. Instead, she wheeled in on a scooter and performed her set switching between the scooter and crutches. Even though Ms. Elliott was injured, the show attracted so many guests that security had to start limiting the number of people who were trying to get to the stage.

Fun factor: Aside from the 250-plus expected and unexpected celebrity guests who attended, everybody was magazine-cover worthy. The host publications set up a mock photo shoot near the entrance, where guests could get their pictures taken and then have them printed on fake TV Guide or Inside TV covers while they waited. -NATALIE VERDUGO

Showtime Party

Location: Katana Japanese restaurant and sake bar, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles

Type: After-party

Stars who attended: Sharon Stone, Hank Azaria, Oliver Platt, Blythe Danner, Omar Gooding, Toni Trucks, Traci Bingham, Bruce Davidson, Gordon Clapp, Golden Brooks, Oded Fehr, Kevin Nealon, Obba Babatundé, Dana Delany, Chris Kattan, Wes Chatham, Anne Brown, Leslie Elliard, Elisabeth Röhm, Rex Lee.

Executives/industry members who attended: Viacom’CBS’s Leslie Moonves, Showtime’s Matthew Blank and Robert Greenblatt, Sony Pictures Televisions Steve Mosko.

Ambience: Showtime projected its logo in lights on the wall over the entrance to Katana, a dimly lit, denlike restaurant-lounge furnished with low armless couches. The packed-cheek-by-jowl crowd was friendly, talkative-if shouting such bon mots as “Lorenzo Lamas got a great facelift, man!” can be described as talkative-and sporting way too much black attire.

Food: Lobster cigars, spicy crab roll wrapped in soy paper, goat cheese-feta bruschetta, shrimp tempura rolls, yellowtail and scallion rolls, shrimp with miso tarragon, lamb lollipops, eggplant with miso, filet mignon-wrapped asparagus, cedar-planked herb-marinated baked salmon, mini éclairs, bite-size cheesecakes.

Entertainment: The Lori Andrews JazHarp Trio, which hit just the right note: lively, constant and just short of danceable.

Buzz: Door-watching for the arrival of Viacom/CBS’s Leslie Moonves, whom some feared would not make the party; the super-secret contents of the for-celebrities-only goodie bags, which were kept under close watch in an unknown location and when allowed to surface were wrapped and taped tighter than Kirstie Alley in a Jenny Craig ad; whether Sharon Stone’s upcoming guest appearance on Showtime’s “Huff” will be as effective as her 2004 Emmy-winning guest role on “The Practice.”

Fun factor: The glorious Traci Bingham (“The Surreal Life”) excitedly waving her hand, festooned with a 10-carat diamond, and excitedly informing TelevisionWeek that she had asked Sharon Stone to officiate Ms. Bingham’s wedding to her fiancé, Smith Barney Senior VP John Yarborough, right on the red carpet that night. It seems Ms. Stone is authorized to solemnize such unions. -LILLIAN A. JACKSON

“ET”/People Party

Location: Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles

Type: After-party

Stars who attended: Patricia Arquette, Kelsey Grammer, Eva Longoria, Mary Hart, Mark Steines, Jann Carl, Frankie Muniz, Sara Rue, Peter Gallagher, Geena Davis, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alfre Woodard, Paula Abdul, Holly Robinson-Peete, Pat O’Brien, Laura Spencer, Wilmer Valderrama, Phil Keoghan, Mark Burnett, Bertram van Munster.

Executives/industry members who attended: “Entertainment Tonight’s” Linda Bell Blue, People magazine Managing Editor Martha Nelson, Paramount’s Terry Wood, John Nogawski and Joel Berman, Viacom’s Leslie Moonves with “The Early Show’s” Julie Chen, Paramount’s Greg Meidel and David Stapf, CBS’s Nina Tassler.

Ambience: More than 1,400 guests gathered at the Mondrian’s Asia de Cuba and Skybar for the 9th Annual “Entertainment Tonight” Emmy Party sponsored by People magazine. The night celebrated both the Emmy Awards and the beginning of “ET’s” 25th season. The Maybelline New York Beauty Bar was a popular spot that supplied product samples while makeup artists provided quick tips and touch-ups to guests. Couture leather totes designed by New York & Co. were handed out and filled with beauty products, gift certificates, a T-shirt, candles and more. Diamond rings designed by Neil Lane, Martin Katz and Fred Leighton valued at $45,000 were originally intended to be raffled off at the event. Instead, the jewelry is currently being auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds donated to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Katrina relief fund.

Food: With the lights of Hollywood as a backdrop, partygoers worked their way indoors and outdoors as they dined on Asia de Cuba cuisine and sipped truffletinis-chocolate-flavored martinis-from the Godiva Platinum Lounge. The lounge offered exclusive Godiva delectables and featured chocolate-covered walls. Asia de Cuba special entrees included lemongrass-skewered chicken, grilled chipotle-glazed strip steak, miso-cured Alaskan butterfish, lobster boniato mash, plus a fusion roll station including Korean BBQ costilla rolls, Dungeness crab dynamite rolls and rock shrimp tempura rolls. Guests toasted the evening with Piper-Heidsieck champagne.

Entertainment: Earth, Wind & Fire gave an encore performance following their Emmy Awards broadcast appearance. The plexiglass dance floor atop the pool was overflowing with dancers while DJ Scotty K played tunes for the rest of the night.

Buzz: The party was so jam-packed with people that the fire marshal made a special appearance and denied guests entrance for a short period of time.

Fun factor: Photo booths attracted many eager to capture party moments as groups of two or more crammed themselves into the booth. -NAOMIE WORRELL

NBC Universal Television and Vanity Fair Magazine Pre-Emmy Party

Location: Spago in Beverly Hills

Type: Night-before Party

Stars who attended: Naveen Andrews and Barbara Hershey, Zack Braff and Mandy Moore, Billy Bush, Red Buttons, Sara Chalke, Glenn Clo
se, Blythe Danner, Donald Faison, Mariska Hargitay, Hugh Laurie, Eric McCormack, S. Epatha Merkerson, Krista Miller, John Spencer,

Donald Trump, Marlon Wayans.

Executives/industry members who attended: NBC Universal Television Group President Jeff Zucker, NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, NBC Universal Television Studio President Angela Bromstad, “Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf, “Law & Order: SVU” executive producer Neal Baer, “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence, NBC Universal Executive VP of Entertainment Strategy and Programs Ted Frank, “Sons & Daughters” creators Nick Holly and Fred Goss, Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann partner Ted Chervin, ICM TV literary agent Steve Simonds.

Ambience: The Beverly Hills signature eatery was the scene for NBC Universal’s expressly casual night-before-the-Emmys event, which for the first time was open to selected reporters who were told the evening was a strictly off-the-record time to celebrate. Jeans with a blazer was the uniform of choice for men, with women keeping it real in cocktail dresses or pant suits.

Food: With Wolfgang Puck in attendance, the celebrated chef’s signature pizzas (including a salmon-topped variety) were a popular favorite. Beef skewers, crab cakes and a full-on iced seafood bar kept partygoers happy. A sundae bar, assorted cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries were just a few of the desserts.

Buzz: Palpable nervous expectation for the upcoming NBC premiere week, where most of the network’s new and returning series were set to debut. -CHRISTOPHER LISOTTA

BAFTA/LA Tea Party

Location: Park Hyatt, Century City, Calif.

Type: Day-before Party

Stars who attended: Hugh Laurie, Ian McShane, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Brian Cox, Lucy Davis, Craig Ferguson, Melissa George, Phil Keoghan, Corbin Bernsen, Alan Dale, Harry Shearer, Hugh Bonneville, Michael Jace, Robert David Hall, Steve Coogan, Patrick Kilpatrick, Elisabeth Röhm, Joely Richardson, Ravi Kapoor, Geri Halliwell, Khandi Alexander, Steve Valentine.

Executives/industry members who attended: Television Academy’s Todd Leavitt, BAFTA/LA’s Rebecca Segal, “Actors Studio’s” Frances Berwick, “Ali G’s” James Bobin, “24’s” John Cassar, “Project Runway’s” Sebastian Doggart, “Amazing Race’s” Al Edgington and Ian Fraser, “American Idol’s” Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick, “Survivor’s” Eden Gahna, Anil Gupta of BBC America’s “The Office,” “Desperate Housewives'” Charles McDougall, “Elvis'” Eileen Kahn Power, “Peter Sellers'” Joe Pavlo, “The 4400’s'” Scott Peters and Maira Suro.

Ambience: Like a scene from “Alice in Wonderland,” painted teapots and teacups surrounded the whimsical garden setup with elaborate flower arrangements at every turn. Several gazebos housed seating areas and an impressive display of varieties of tea and honey. The weather was spot on for this relaxing afternoon tea.

Food: Typical British tea-time food including cucumber sandwiches, lox on crackers, cheeses, fruit tarts, crumpets, scones, Devonshire cream, lemon curd, jams and more. Aside from the variety of wines and champagne, tea was the main event.

Buzz: The silent auction of celebrity-painted teapots to benefit the educational outreach and scholarship programs of BAFTA/LA, the Television Academy Foundation and Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Katrina effort. Celebrities from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand participated, including Kenneth Branagh, whose pot read: “To Tea or Not To Tea,” and Craig Ferguson, whose pot looked as if it were broken into hundreds of pieces and then glued back together. In the end it was Kiefer Sutherland’s cowboy-themed pot that took in the most money. A total of $4,535 was raised.

Fun factor: As the party came to a close, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Rebecca Segal announced that guests could take whatever teapot or teacup was in reach. Everybody joined in the rush to grab what they could-only a few walked out empty-handed. -NATALIE VERDUGO