TCA Day Three Cont.: It Wasn’t Me

Crazy, whirlwind pace to press tour today, and we still haven’t arrived at the HBO sessions.
This morning, TV Critics P.R. darling Cindy Ronzoni threw a press breakfast for the Lifetime Network. The female-skewing cable net does not cross the Canadian border, but some of its shows do, including the family comedy Rita Rocks (airing on Sun TV).
Had breakfast with two of that show’s stars, Mad TV original Nicole Sullivan and Tischa Campbell-Martin, who has sitcoms like My Wife and Kids on her resume. Both are relaxed, laid back, friendly and very, very pregnant. “We’re due three weeks from each other,” said Campbell.
The baby bump is being written into Sullivan’s guitar-playing mom character’s storyline, but not Campbell-Martin’s. She’s just supposed to be packing on weight after a breakup. Campbell-Martin says she’s hid her baby bump before, on My Wife and Kids.
Reminisced with Sullivan about the press launch of Mad TV 14 years ago at this very hotel. I have fond memories of chatting up Debra Wilson, so charismatic and funny, at the Fox pool party that night. The entire cast, which included David Herman and Artie Lang, later partied so hard they were–as Sullivan recalled–shut down as a show from the hotel bar.
At one point that night I wound up at a hotel-top lounge sitting on a piano bench next to Herman, who I’m sure will have no memory of banging out a tune with his forehead that night. The funny man has an ear, eye, nose and throat for music.

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