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Summer tour sizzles

A peek at NBC's fall preem party

Nothing says party time like mashed potatoes in a martini glass, served up with an Amy Grant chaser.

Both were on the menu at NBC’s fall preview bash Monday, the latest fete in the three-week marathon of Q&As and cocktails known as the TV Critics Assn. summer press tour.

“Three Wishes” czar Andrew Glassman was on hand at the Peacock party, held in the slightly-too-small Century Club, to hype his new feel-good reality skein and support Grant, who hosts the show. Two nights earlier, the crowds were smaller but the star wattage was nearly as high at the 21st annual TCA Awards, which saw the gang from “Lost” take home honors for new show and drama of the year. Show creator J.J. Abrams flew in from Rome, where he’s lensing “Mission: Impossible 3,” just to attend. Meanwhile, the WB might be trying to age up its audience profile, but the net still throws the youngest-skewing parties. This year’s bash, held Friday at the new Cabana Club in Hollywood, featured a seemingly endless parade of young, nameless thesps and their entourages.

And on Saturday, reality arrived in force at the Writers Guild’s annual Critics & Cocktails at the BevHilton.

In a first, the WGA West extended an invitation to reality show writers, even though those shows aren’t under guild jurisdiction, as part of its ongoing campaign to organize that segment.

More than a dozen reality show scribes — who bear titles such as segment producer — attended among the 200 TV scribes.

“There are a lot more benefits than parties like this,” said Dave Rupel, a producer on Bravo’s upcoming “Real Housewives,” which delves into problems such as second-hand Mercedes-Benzes. “A lot of reality writers don’t realize that.”

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