Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Not Officially The Holiday Season Without A Good Party!...

Showtime certainly knows how to throw a party!

Kicking off the holiday season last night, the premium cable network threw their annual bash with an array of talent from their amazing programming, as well as a food spread that rivaled Thanksgiving dinner!

It was certainly great to see Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow catching up in line for the bar. LeBlanc has a witty inside look at the television-making process premiering in January called Episodes, in which he plays a version of himself; meanwhile Kudrow is taking her hilarious Web Therapy online series to the network later in the year. LeBlanc told My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture that he and his Episodes cast will return to the TCAs in January since this time around all of us critics will have actually had the chance to screen his show prior to putting the cast and producers in the hot seats on stage! I am certainly looking forward to that because admittedly, I wasn't too familiar with a few of his cast mates when they sat before me in August, but now that I've seen the show, they won me over so much I will watch them in anything!

Somehow I managed to resist the urge to reiterate to Darlene Hunt just how much The Big C's season finale reduced me to tears. Similarly Gabriel Basso was having such a great time, bouncing around and being his charming self I didn't want to bring him back to his big emotional scene that cut me down. He did tell a pretty bad joke that I think I made a little bit better by applying a reference from Community, though.

John Corbett and the radiant Toni Collette spent a good portion of the night laughing over drinks (well, not for her) with Hunter Parrish by the heat lamps outside. Kevin Nealon, Justin Kirk, and Shawn Hatosy mingled for a little while but didn't stay too long, but Evan Handler was making his rounds just about all night, stopping to say hello to everyone he encountered.

The cast of Showtime's new family drama, Shameless, also premiering in January, were also on-hand to get their faces known as a part of the network's family. William H. Macy was sweet in full scruff sans Felicity Huffman; Emmy Rossum put us all to shame (no pun intended) in a gorgeous gold number; Steve Howey's grin is as large in person as on screen; and all of the young kids in the cast stuck close together, but managed not to bee-line straight for the dessert table. I find that impressive, as had I seen it earlier, it is where I would have spent the entire night, not just the bulk of it!

It was probably a good thing that I didn't see anyone from Dexter, as I was wearing my fan-made blood slide necklace. Nothing says festive like red, right? Even if it is blood red!

I wish I could claim my other reporter friends and I closed down the party-- and we did try our hardest to manage to, but LeBlanc, his girlfriend Andrea Anders, and his new co-star Mircea Monroe took that title. They were still hanging out and laughing as the musicians packed up and left, the lights came up, and I waited for the valet.

While Showtime is always a class act and knows how to treat their supporters and reporters with respect and love, the highlight of the night for me had to be the mini-reunion with all of my writer and publicist friends. I work from home, sitting on my couch with two screens in front of me for hours on end. My only company on a daily basis, but for some distant voices when I conduct phone interviews, is my dog. Don't get me wrong; I love my little furry assistant, but he doesn't truly understand the fun or the beauty in what I do. So I like having times to mix and mingle with those who love it as much as I do.

This is a job, sure, but thanks to nights like last night, it very rarely feels like work!

1 comment:

Kate, Dating in LA said...

Psssst next one of these, think to yourself, "Kate would make an awesome plus one". :)