Critics bury hatchet at TV fetes

After bashing shows during the day, it's time to mingle at soiree

The Television Critics Assn. press tour can be brutal on talent in the age of Twitter. All day long, bleary-eyed critics and journos deliver instantaneous snark and quips in real-time, but in the evening, all is forgiven when attendees mingle over grub and drinks. Fox’s All-Star party Jan. 8 in Pasadena was no exception, as stars and journos relaxed and even made some fun of one another.

“Raising Hope” star Lucas Neff said he enjoys giving satirical answers to inane questions.

The weirdest one he’s ever received? “Someone asked me how I get ‘elongated’ in front of the camera,” Neff quipped. “I had fun with that one, too.”

Back in Hollywood, NBCUniversal’s Latino cabler Mun2 threw a kickoff event, also Jan. 8, at Hemingways to tout its new series. Mun2 has never been accused of taking itself or its shows too seriously — as evidenced by the hand-grenade party favors that promo’d its military action-drama “La Teniente,” starring Maria Fernanda Yepes as a butt-kicking member of Mexico’s Naval Operations force.