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TCA Press Tour Notes: The CBS, CW, Showtime Party

Posted by Sarah Rodman  August 5, 2009 02:29 AM

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The parade of stars at the combined CBS/CW/Showtime shindig was long. There may have been more bold-faced names than reporters which made navigating the breathtaking venue- the Huntington Library, which included an art gallery and a sprawling botanical garden- a bit daunting. Everywhere you turned was a familiar face including cast members from "Cold Case," "Criminal Minds," "Dexter," "CSI" - all three flavors- both versions of "NCIS," "Medium," and "90210."


- "The Mentalist" himself, Simon Baker held court at a table where a flushed line of female admirers and reporters kept up a steady march.


-Edie Falco of "Nurse Jackie" was radiant in red and a slightly longer and more stylish haircut than the 'do she rocks on the show.

-While many groups clustered together- the "Melrose Place" ladies stayed in a gaggle- there was some crossover. Kevin Nealon from "Weeds" chatted up Pauley Perrette from "NCIS." Julianne Margulies of the forthcoming drama "The Good Wife" spent some time jawing with "Big Brother" host Julie Chen. "NCIS:L.A."'s LL Cool J, rocking a maroon Yankees cap color-coordinated with his vest and tie combo, gave a big hug to "NCIS" co-star Rocky Carroll.


Tall, Not Tall: Henry Simmons, late of "Shark," may have been the tallest man there. According to IMDB he's 6'4" but he seemed to scrape the sky; Kevin Nealon, also crane your neck tall; Simon Baker, not short, but not tall; Pauley Perrette of "NCIS," tall, pale, and lively; Elle Macpherson, unsurprisingly supermodel tall; matching Elle in the long legs department, Toni Collette of "The United States of Tara"; her onscreen hubby John Corbett measured up nicely; Julie Chen, not tall, and although pregnant not really showing; Joe Mantegna, tall, dashing, and fit; Wallace Langham and George Eads of "CSI," not tall and tall respectively but both charming.

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