The Museum of Television & Radio’s annual William S. Paley Television Festival sounds like a scholarly affair, but inevitably the talk shifted to the perils of fame.
Take Eva Longoria, part of an evening devoted to “Desperate Housewives”: “The paparazzi are always in front of my house. Yesterday I came back from grocery shopping and a can of tomato sauce fell out of my bag and started to roll down the driveway. One of the paparazzi actually ran up my driveway and handed it to me.” To which moderator Carrie Fisher quipped, “Well, at least they’re good for something.”
Marcia Cross recalled that over Christmas she was “in the grocery store and [photographers] were waiting for me in the parking lot. So I called Eva and asked if she were out of town, because why the hell were they interested in me buying string cheese?”
On another evening, the cast and crew of “Lost” offered tales of Internet rumors. One was that a main character will be killed off (which will happen, according to creator J.J. Abrams) and another that the show was going to move to Los Angeles to save costs. Picture maybe the old set of “Gilligan’s Island”?
In fact, there was some talk of it.
“We worked that out,” said showrunner Bryan Burk. “It’s staying in Hawaii.”