|Randy Spelling (File photo)
PASADENA, Calif. — For TV critics, the annual January press tour is like trying to start the year by stepping onto a moving TV train.
Yesterday was no exception, with press conferences on everything from The 100 Biggest Weather Moments on The Weather Channel to U.S. cable comedy, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, (the first of about 100 sessions scheduled over the next two weeks).
Here are some highlights from Day One.
KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS:
Randy Spelling did not want to spill the beans about his famous family. The son of Aaron and brother of Tori was on a panel with Rod Stewart’s son Sean to promote their new A&E celebrity reality series Sons Of Hollywood (premiering April 1).
“All I want to say about the rift is that Tori appears in the show and so does my mom,” Spelling told TV critics yesterday.
Beyond that, he suggested, “Tori is here tomorrow, you can ask her.”
In the clip shown critics, Spelling could be glimpsed wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. A gift from his new brother-in-law, Tori’s stolen hubby Dean McDermott?
The series finds Spelling and Stewart, along with slick agent pal David Weintraub, sharing a Hollywood pad for a summer.
The boys seemed reluctant to boast about their more carnal adventures, perhaps hoping to discourage comparisons with David Foster’s idiot stepsons in the reality dud The Princes Of Hollywood.
Stewart did say that growing up with dad Rod was good for groooming tips.
“A lot of hairspray was involved,” he said.
He also admitted he once set his parent’s house on fire.
His father’s stern admonishment: “Don’t ever do that again.”
SHOW KILLER A SURVIVOR:
Jason Gedrick, a familiar face on press tours from his many TV flops (Windfall, LAX, Boomtown, Falcone, EX Streets, Murder One), joined co-star Donnie Wahlberg and producer Sonny Grosso (The French Connection) on yesterday’s panel for Kings Of South Beach, a mob drama airing on A&E March 12.
Gedrick wasn’t bitter about being snake bit.
“I’m still in this business and I’m working with great people,” he said. “It’s all a roll of the dice.” Wahlberg, who worked with Gedrick on Boomtown, came to his pal’s defence, saying Gedrick’s “ER hadn’t come in yet” — a reference to George Clooney, who’s been doing alright despite a rocky television start.
Besides, Gedrick has worked for the best (Paul Haggis, Steven Bochco) and always does good work, Wahlberg said. “Paris Hilton is a huge star, probably bigger than both of us, and what does she do?” he asked.
“Although,” Grosso said, “we all really enjoyed Paris Hilton’s film, didn’t we?”