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," Chase told TV Guide Online. "If he hadn't, you would really have to question the process."
Recent Saturday Night Live refugee Cheri Oteri visibly gushed when she accosted, er, met actor Liev Schreiber, then told us, "He's so handsome and so nice." But Oteri regained her comic edge upon meeting Schwimmer. When the Friends star kept mispronouncing her name, she reenacted her famous "Simmer Down Now" sketch from SNL, telling the actor to "Schwimmer down now!"
The Sex and the City girls simply held court as they sipped their signature cosmopolitans. Undeniably the belle of the ball, Sarah Jessica Parker said she'd endured four separate fittings at Oscar de la Renta's Manhattan studio for her stunning pink frock, which "reminds me of Degas's famous ballerina sculpture." SJP's many admirers included 'N Sync's Lance Bass, who insisted upon having his picture taken with her.
But all eyes were on another sight in pink: buxom TV sex therapist Dr. Susan Block. Draped in a feather boa and threatening to bust out of her bustier, she looked like a raunchy Cruella de Vil. Into any Emmy soiree a fashion faux pas must fall.