Saturday is a leisurely day of Emmy weekend activities this time around.
NBCUniversal and Showtime are taking a year off from hosting large-scale parties. That clears the path for the Evening Before fundraiser in Century City benefitting the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which is always the weekend’s glitziest draw.
After a jam-packed Friday schedule, Emmy revelers got to sleep in a bit. Brunch was provided by ICM Partners, and there was tea in the afternoon courtesy of BAFTA Los Angeles.
By noon, the backyard of the Santa Monica home of ICM honcho Chris Silbermann and producer Julia Franz was overflowing with good food and good conversation. The casual setting of the brunch was, as ever, a nice respite for the ears and throat from louder evening affairs.
Among those enjoying the spread and the sunshine were “Better Call Saul’s” Vince Gilligan and Thomas Schnauz, ABC’s Channing Dungey, Patrick Moran and Howard Davine, HBO’s Casey Bloys, BET’s Debra Lee, Universal TV’s Pearlena Igbokwe, NBC’s Bruce Evans, AMC’s Charlie Collier, and Hulu’s Joel Stillerman.
Showrunners Christopher Lloyd and Bill Lawrence and directors John Singleton and Jason Winer were also on hand along with thesps including Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Walton Goggins, Jason Ritter, Scott Foley, Poppy Montgomery and Marg Helgenberger.
To no one’s surprise, Claire Foy and Matt Smith of “The Crown” were the queen and king of the annual BAFTA Los Angeles tea celebrating U.K. nominees as well as their U.S. counterparts.
Vanessa Kirby (“Crown’s” Princess Margaret), Alison Wright, a nominee for “The Americans,” “The Walking Dead’s” Tom Payne, Jacqueline Bisset, BBC America’s Sarah Barnett, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Ed Westwick were among the Brits who made time for tea and country at the Beverly Hilton.
Wright is one of TV’s most in-demand thesps. In addition to “Americans,” she had prominent roles this past season in FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” and Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete.” And now she’s working on the pilot for TNT’s “Snowpiercer,” which is “really, really good,” she assured.
Wright also had a message for her “Feud” boss Ryan Murphy. She’s willing to work for him anytime, anywhere. “If he rang me right now, I would drop this champagne and be out the door,” Wright said.
(Pictured: Jason Winer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell at ICM Partners brunch)