TCA ADVENTURES: Vanessa, Alfonso, Taye, Judy and more!!


Jul. 18 2008, Published 2:00 p.m. ET

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Talk about a Silver Spoons moment.

That's how I felt last night working the room at the ABC All-Star party, held in the Beverly Hilton's Wilshire ballroom, Thursday night.

I got to rub elbows with practically every star from the network and experience my own paparazzi moment when I ran up to my room (to shut off the curling iron I had left on!), and a young boy waiting in the fan-packed lobby asked to snap my picture.

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But I knew the day was gonna be a good one when I spent breakfast chatting it up with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum Alfonso Ribeiro.

He's hosting the new game show Catch 21 for the GSN network.

"The game is the classic game of 21. You have three players who all get one card each," he said. "The contestant who gets a multi-choice question right gets control of the next card in deck. They can put it in their own hand to make it better, or force it another player to bust them."

Viewers at home can also play online at home and win cash as well. Nothing like scoring loot in your pj's! The show premieres Monday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. on GSN.

I also had a one-on-one moment with Private Practice's Taye Diggs, who revealed where the Sam-Naomi-Dell triangle will go in season two.

"It's difficult for all parties involved. You're going to see a lot of accurate portrayals of a relationship that is suffering."

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The show returns Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. on ABC.

At ABC's All-Star party, Vanessa Williams, who plays the deliciously devilish Wilhelmina Slater on one of my fave shows, Ugly Betty (back Sept. 28), talked about Willy's envious killah wardrobe.

"Nothing gets repeated," Vanessa revealed, before copping up to her favorite pieces.

"Any time I wear a cape that I can actually move is pretty fabulous. There was gold ensemble with a big belt and a cape that I threw over that was very entrance making," she shared.

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Vanessa promised that Wilhelmina, who recently revealed she's the mom to the new Meade heir, will do right by her baby.

"She will do everything that she can for her child to garauntee that it will be part of the Meade empire. It will be well paid and well brought up for sure," she laughed.

I sat down with Scrubs star Judy Reyes, whose show has moved to ABC.

She talked candidly about co-star Zach Braff leaving the series at the end of their upcoming season.

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"Everyone deserves the right to explore what their dream is in this business. We've done so much on this show as it is, I support him 100 percent," she said.

"If he wants to go to something else, he should. I would appreciate that anyone would support me if I made that decision myself."

I ventured off the TCA campus to attend a soiree at Motley Bird celebrating Shrine with Dancing with the Stars' Karina Smirnoff, who swapped trade secrets with former DWTS pro Elena Grinenko.

With the night getting late (and a blog entry to write), I was jonsing for a NYC yellow taxi. Instead I got a knight in shining SUV.

So a special shout-out to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition contractor Rib Hillis, who was kind enough to give a gal a ride back to the base.

Check back Monday for more TCA adventures!


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