HBO flashed cable subscribers' cash Sunday night at a post-Emmy bash at Spago in Beverly Hills. With too many stars for one eatery to hold, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck annexed an entire city block to create a tented, outdoor extension of the famed restaurant for those who weren't quite A-list enough to dine inside with swells like David Schwimmer.
Still fresh from her very public breakup with Anne Heche, a press-shy Ellen DeGeneres arrived stag and made a beeline for the buffet, which featured Puck's lobster-stuffed ravioli. Speaking of kooky couplings, Seinfeld alum Michael Richards was spotted consoling The Sopranos' Vincent Pastore on the demise of his whistle-blowing character, Big Pussy. Sopranos producer David Chase lamented that his shut-out show nearly slept with the fishes itself, save for James Gandolfini's win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. "I'm so delighted James won
After her Designing Women spin-off, Women of the House, was evicted by CBS in 1995, Delta Burke all but disappeared from series television. What kept the popular diva away for nearly five years?
"There was some good stuff out there, but most of what I saw didn't have a part for a woman in her 40s," she candidly tells TV Guide Online.
Recently though, Burke bounced back with a recurring role on Popular, where she's playing yet another sassy ex-beauty queen, Cherry Cherry. And this fall, she co-stars with David Alan Grier (In Living Color) in the NBC sitcom DAG, where they'll portray the first lady and her Secret Service protector.
Though understandably choosier about roles given her prior setbacks, Burke wasn't worried about doing another comedy set in Washington, DC. (Critics demolished House for its poor attempts at political humor.) Aside from having Frasier as its plum Tuesday night lead-in, Burke finds