Entertainment Weekly Pre Emmy Party
For many PreEmmy party-goers, myself included, the Entertainment Weekly PreEmmy Party was the final stop in a whirlwind of Sept. 20 soirees.
I left near midnight and the party was still going strong. Held at Fig & Olive, this party celebrated past, present and future Emmy nominees, in other words, stars of next fall’s TV season.
Earlier Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men” told me that the EW party would be her fifth that night. Kristin Chenoweth said she still planned a late-night stop at Soho House, having started her evening by seeing “The Wizard of Oz” at the Pantages. (Chenoweth originated the role of Glinda in Broadway’s “Wicked.”)
So many stars turned up that Steven Bauer, a.k.a. Avi of “Ray Donovan,” said he felt like he was in “rarefied air.”
Readers can find my story about this party in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times, as well as stories here about two other major affairs that same night: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Performers Nominee Reception and Variety and Women In Film’s PreEmmy salute to the 2013 female nominees.
More pictures from all these parties are on this website, along with additional photos from the Entertainment Weekly affair and more details are below…
As an admirer of “Ray Donovan,” despite the show’s many unsavory characters, I asked Bauer how he explains the show’s popularity. “It’s a dark show,” he said, “with a lot of conflicts of morality. Ray Donovan is trying to be a good person, a moral person in a dirty world, because that’s where he works.”
Continuing he said, “I love that character because I identify with his conflicting nature and I know that he tries. He’s trying to be a good dad. He’s trying to be a husband.” As for his character,” Bauer calls himself “a good soldier.” “You tell me what to do and I’ll do it,” he said. “If I think that you’re crazy, I’m going to tell you, too. I’m the one person who stands up to (Donovan) and he respects that.”
Readers of this website also already know I’m a fan both of “Glee” and “Dancing With The Stars.” So of course I spent a moment chatting with Amber Riley, a.k.a. Mercedes Jones in McKinley High’s chorus, who triumphed over all the DWTS season 17 contenders by scoring three 9s for her episode 1 cha cha.
Having just met her dance partner Derek Hough at a Sept. 12 benefit for the American Ballet Theatre, I mentioned his praise that night for her “great moves.” Smiling, she called him “kind,” and when asked how she felt about TV host Jimmy Kimmel betting $1,000 on her to win, she said, “I laughed when I heard about it.”
Then again, Kimmel may have the last laugh. Calling himself “Nostradancemus” for his surprisingly accurate predictions, Kimmel has picked 6 winners out of 11 seasons.
Among others at the party were 2013 Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris; Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch of “Big Bang Theory,” Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe of “American Horror Story,” Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Nolan Gould of “Modern Family,” Jessica Paré and Harry Hamlin of “Mad Men,” Amanda Righetti of “The Mentalist,” Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show,” Nigel Lythgoe of “So You Think You Can Dance,” Raquel Welch of “House of Versace,” Marcia Gay Harden of “The Newsroom,” Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef,” Blair Underwood of “L.A. Law,” Mary McDonnell of “Major Crimes,” Doreen DeWulf of “Anger Management,” Garcelle Beauvais of “The Jamie Foxx Show,” and Jack McBrayer of “20 Rock.”
Top photo: From left, Kunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch of “Big Bang Theory” with Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men” at the Entertainment Weekly PreEmmy Party (photo by Invision/ courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)
Second photo: Steven Bauer, a.k.a. Avi of “”Ray Donovan,” at the Entertainment Weekly PreEmmy Party (photo by Invision/ courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)
Third photo: Amber Riley, a.k.a. Mercedes Jones of “Glee” and a season 17 contender on “Dancing With The Stars” at the Entertainment Weekly PreEmmy Party (photo by Invision/ courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)
Fourth photo: Looking ultra-glam in her leopard print gown, Raquel Welch was the talk of the night’s parties, shown here with Nigel Lythgoe of “So You Think You Can Dance” at the Entertainment Weekly PreEmmy Party (photo by Invision/ courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)
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Published Sept. 22, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA