Hey Hampton Roads! Last week was an exciting week! I went to Los Angeles for three fun filled days of VIP FOX treatment. FOX43 was one of the winners for the FOX Affiliate VIP contest to promote the new fall television lineup. Myself and 17 other lucky winners flew to LA all expenses paid by FOX!
We stayed at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, about a block from the FOX lot. The first night started with a cocktail party on the patio so we could meet our FOX reps and the other affiliate winners. Then it was off to The Bungalow in Santa Monica for the FOX Fall Eco Casino Party, a star studded exclusive event. The blue carpet was packed with press and actors from almost every single FOX show were in attendance! I was able to meet several celebs including Parker Young, Geoff Stults, and Chris Lowell from Enlisted. I also met Seth Green and Vanessa Lachey from Dads. Beth Grant from The Mindy Project was very sweet, and actually has ties to the Hampton Roads area! Later on that night, I grabbed a few photos with Lamorne Morris from New Girl, and Terry Crews from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It was a fantastic and fun evening with a casino theme.
The next morning I was up bright and early for the 2013-2014 FOX Fall Kick Off presentation on the FOX lot- complete with cronuts, coffee, and a pair of seven foot headless horsemen from Sleepy Hollow! What’s a cronut you ask? I said the same thing! It’s a hybrid between a croissant and a doughnut, and although I didn’t try one, everyone seemed to be enjoying them- especially the ones with bacon on top. Later that day, we had the chance to tour the set of Enlisted, one of the many new shows premiering on FOX this fall. Imagine the “Glee” (pun intended) of all the women in the group as Parker Young ran by shirtless. Parker and Chris Lowell then took the time to hang out for a bit and pose for photos before they started filming for the day. Angelique Cabral let us go inside her trailer, which was quite cozy and comfortable. I must say that as a military spouse, I was impressed with the accuracy of the uniforms, details of the set, and the overall dedication to authenticity. I’m really looking forward to the premiere on November 8.
The fun wasn’t over yet! That evening, we attended a live taping of Dads. A comedian named Mark Sweet was there to warm up the crowd. He was hilarious and kept us all laughing in between takes by pulling people from the crowd and making them do silly things. Watching the actors work was really entertaining and they all have such great comedic timing. The writing and plots were very funny and I think this show will be a big hit! After taping wrapped, we had a private pizza party with the cast. Once again I was able to hang out and take photos with Seth Green, Vanessa Lachey, Brenda Song, and Martin Mull.
On my final day in LA, we all headed to Studio City to tour the set of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the CBS lot. Andy Samberg of Saturday Night Live fame talked to us for a bit while scenes were being taped in the next room. The were filming a top secret episode for later in the season so we couldn’t take many photos. However, I asked the producer if all the affiliates could get locked in the jail cell for a quick picture and he happily obliged!
Overall, I had an amazing trip! All the actors I met were very friendly and thankful for the promotion the affiliates had been doing for their new shows. Thank you to the FOX43 promotions department for running all the promos and winning the trip for our station! I also want to thank our FOX rep Dani Dudek and everyone else at FOX in LA for their generosity.
To see the video I produced from my trip, follow this link: Video: Face of FOX43 Andria Lea in LA
To see my photos with celebs and on the set tours, click here: Face of FOX43 Los Angeles Photos