LAURA J. DOWNEY
08/07/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT
At the Television Critics Association's summer conference in Pasadena, Calif., stars of the network's fall shows hosted Q&As with the press. Some snippets from TV critic Tom Gliatto.
CLOTHES ENCOUNTER Asked what she might wear when she starts as CBS's news anchor on Sept. 5, Katie Couric smiled tightly. "You're kidding, right?" she said, clearly preferring questions about her work, not her wardrobe. "I've actually gone to Charlie Gibson's stylist and discussed that at length." Somehow, I think she was kidding.
WON'T CRY UNCLE While chatting about Everybody Hates Chris, which will move to the CW network this fall, Chris Rock admitted that of the first season's 22 episodes, "there were three I hated." So which ones were they? As much as he was prodded, Rock stayed firm. "I can't do that," he said. "Hey, I got three uncles I hate too, but I won't tell them."
ANIMAL MAGNETISM The session to promote Anne Heche's new comedy-drama Men in Trees was dominated by questions about a raccoon that Heche's character encounters on the show. Creator Jenny Bicks explained that Elvis, as he's called, had a terrier play stunt double for a scene in which the raccoon runs down a set of stairs. "However, I would not tell the dog that," she said. "The dog thinks its stunt double was the raccoon. It's complicated."