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Through the Wire

9/23/2005 8:00 PM Eastern

For Emmy Party Entry, It Helps To Host

It pays to be a big diva when cruising the post-Emmy party circuit, especially when the hired help tries to block you from your boss’s marquee event. When the Los Angeles Fire Department marshal shut the door to the TV Guide party due to overcrowding at the locale-of-the-moment, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, TV Guide Channel host Joan Rivers and daughter Melissa found themselves locked outside with the masses.

Not known for being a shrinking violet, Joan approached one of the imposing security guards blocking the entrance and demanded admission, said Kat Stein of the network.

“You need to let me in, I’m one of the hosts of the event,” she told guards.

It worked. The velvet ropes were swept aside for the Riverses, leaving the well-dressed crowd, including Emmy winners Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, among others, cooling their heels outside until enough people left to admit them

Rivers needed to make her party appearance early in order to slip away to get some shut-eye; the Emmy red carpet hosts were scheduled for a pre-dawn satellite interview on NBC’s Today Show, according to TV Guide Channel.

It seemed like half of Hollywood attended the fete, from the casts of Lost and Desperate Housewives, to FX’s Dennis Leary to veteran party-hoppers like Lindsay Lohan.

“Everyone was very patient, except Joan,” Stein quipped.

This was the third year for the TV Guide party, with its popularity growing every year, in part because of the top entertainment headlining the event. Past performers have included the Foo Fighters and Velvet Underground; this year’s draw was Missy Elliott.

Besides, the patience paid off: visitors got a “hefty gift bag,” according to the network, plus a coupon for a flat-screen TV.

There was an unfortunate end to the party. About 2 a.m., one party guest, former Denver Broncos football star Terrell Davis, got into a scuffle with another party guest, reportedly over a woman. Law enforcement was called, but there were no arrests.

Celebrants had a plethora of network and studio-sponsored parties from which to choose. Showtime dueled for attendees, as its party at the restaurant Katana on Sunset Boulevard was directly across the street from the Entertainment Tonight/People Magazine party at the Mondrian Hotel. Angelenos driving by were frequently startled by Emmy-bearing jaywalkers dashing in front of their cars as party-goers passed between the parties.

Showtime’s guests included Blythe Danner, who collected the first major award in Showtime’s 30-year history with an Emmy for her co-starring role in Huff. Cast members and fellow nominees Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt, as well as upcoming guest star Sharon Stone, were among the celebrants lined up to greet her.

Home Box Office settled in for its post-awards bash at the Pacific Design Center. Party planners made up the space in a Bollywood theme, with waiters bearing Indian treats for famished guests. In addition to its own stars, the party attracted the cast of best comedy-winning series Everybody Loves Raymond and Halle Berry, among its own series stars.

Mistaken Identity Strikes After 'Big Easy’ Concert

The Big Apple to the Big Easy concert last Tuesday night at Cablevision Systems Corp.’s Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall struck us as the perfect way to benefit those recovering from Hurricane Katrina: work with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival promoters and re-create that experience in New York.

Among other things, it provided a terrific pay-per-view platform for lesser-known (at least in NYC) Crescent City stalwarts like Irma Thomas, Buckwheat Zydeco and the Rebirth Brass Band. Good times rolled, right up to the last step in the conga line Rebirth led through the stands at the Garden while crafts people tore up the stage.

It was a quieter scene at the restaurant within the Garden that hosted the after party. About a half-hour into it, Jimmy Buffett was the only recognizable performer. Maybe to emphasize that point: while white-suited Cablevision CEO Jim Dolan and his band played R&B covers, somebody walked up to a Wire correspondent and asked: “Is that John Fogerty?”

No, but JD & the Straight Shot might just like the compliment.