ABC Stars Line Up for Photo Ops, With Each Other

Where You Should Have Been Last Night: Lincoln Center

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NEW YORK ( -- Never mind the advertisers, it was the celebrities who fought to get their photos taken with the cast of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" at ABC's upfront party, which was held last night under a tent set up outdoors at Lincoln Center. There were shrieks of joy from Teri Hatcher et al when handsome Taye Diggs, star of ABC's "Daybreak," dived into her lap for a group photo.
Marcia Cross
Marcia Cross Credit: ABC/Jennifer Gonzeles

Over on the "Lost" stand, the WB's "Summerland" star Lori Loughlin cooed as she posed with the stars while agency peeps looked on astounded. Matthew Fox of "Lost" looked completely bored by the whole experience. Why swap Hawaii for rainy New York?

While Watercooler sat enjoying the scene, the cast of "Dancing With the Stars" shook their booties on a dance floor constructed in the center of the tent. Lisa Rinna and husband Harry Hamlin were a knockout. However, the professional ballroom dancer guys in white blazers and slicked-back hair were more of a freak show than an attraction.

Not to be outdone by the Hamlins, Marcia Cross, who plays Deseperate Housewife "Bree," let it all hang loose with costars Felicity Huffman and Ricardo Antonio Chavira. We are hoping Marcia's stockbroker boyfriend is an understanding guy because Ms. Cross was either vamping for publicity purposes or has developed a thing for cast member Ricardo, who lapped up every minute of their intimate dance routine.

Nicollette Sheridan brought boyfriend Michael Bolton, who stood off to the side of the "Housewives" photo shoot, all but ignored.

If the photo stations are any indication of which shows will do poorly next year, then Watercooler must offer our condolences to the new "Bachelor," Prince Lorenzo Borghese of Italy. The new series will be set in Rome (after a Paris location lifted ratings last season), but, unfortunately, he was looking a little lonesome last night. One, shall we say, "mature" lady went over to ask, "Do you have a dad?"

Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger left early, greeting all comers with big smiles and hellos before heading off with wife, former CNN anchor Willow Bay, in the direction of the recently arrived Ms. Sheridan and Mr. Bolton.

The highlight of the night? Watching the "Desperate Housewives" throw themselves into a rendition of the Gloria Gaynor classic "I Will Survive." Here's to that.
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