In keeping with the true confessional mood, some stars admitted to discomfort at the Nov. 15 Wiltern Theatre ceremony, which honored the best in cable TV. "I'm new to this whole thing," said Chris Rock, whose HBO program The Chris Rock Show won for Variety Special or Series. "This is not quite the Soul Train Awards." And though presenter Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) may have looked cool in a feathered Valentino, she allowed that she was all aflutter underneath. "This is my first time at an awards show," she said. "My tummy is going wild!"
After the night's final presentation by hosts Sela Ward and Frasier's David Hyde Pierce, guests including Sharon Lawrence, Drew Carey and Alfre Woodard schmoozed under a white-carpeted tent behind the theater. There they sipped martinis and noshed on roasted leg of veal and sea scallop ravioli in lobster sauce. But despite the fancy feastings, the evening never got "too Hollywood," said Kathy Najimy (Veronica's Closet). "This is an event where you don't worry if you have honey mustard sauce on your chin."