Network toasts Don Rickles, 'John Adams'

If Vanity Fair’s do is the hot post-Oscar party, then HBO’s has a lock on the post-Emmy slot.

Once again the cabler went all out at the Pacific Design Center, this year with a Brazilian-themed, Billy Butchkavitz-designed fiesta in a topaz blue and tourmaline green tent decorated with massive silver chandeliers; fountains and projections of South American art; a dance floor that actually got used; and catering by Wolfgang Puck.

“We can’t afford not to have a good party,” said Time Warner topper Jeff Bewkes. HBO co-prexy Richard Plepler said, “We throw these parties the way we produce our shows: We’re going for the best.”

As for a postmortem on the Emmycast itself, HBO topper Bill Nelson said: “Thank God for Don Rickles. He saved the show.”

On the other side of the room, Rickles said he winged his acceptance speech. “I felt like being Don Rickles,” he said. “I’m not good at reading cards.”

HBO’s big winner was Revolutionary War drama “John Adams,” and Colin Callender, the Brit prexy of HBO films, said, “After tonight, I forgive the colonies for breaking away.”

At the party there was still some doubt as to which records the 13 “John Adams” wins had broken, but producer Gary Goetzman was content to settle for “we have the most of something.”

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