PASADENA — New Year’s Eve may still be five months away, but that didn’t stop ABC from passing out paper hats and plastic noisemakers at the wrap party for the Alphabet web’s portion of the Television Critics Assn. tour here last week.
The “Auld Lang Syne” motif amounted to subliminal advance promotion for Dick Clark’s big plans for his live spec on Y2K eve. But the Alphabet web execs and stars who turned out to press the press’ flesh last Wednesday had more immediate dates on their minds, namely the mid-September bow of the fall sked.
The party was crawling with svelte starlets, including Rebecca Gayheart and Marisa Coughlan from Kevin Williamson’s new drama “Wasteland,” and Gina Gershon, Paula Marshall and Paula Jai Parker from David E. Kelley’s gumshoe dramedy “Snoops.” Among the others on hand were latenight funnyman Bill Maher, “The Drew Carey Show’s” Kathy Kinney and Ryan Stiles, “Sports Night” creator Aaron Sorkin and Sela Ward of the new drama “Once and Again.”