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Fox Party: Hagman's Kiwis

Enormous fans and cans of spray water have been spread around the garden of the Ritz Carlton Huntington hotel in Pasadena to beat the heat at Fox's Summer TV Press Tour 2006 party. Critics mill about rows of white tents, chatting up producers, network suits, and celebrities with their entourages.

No one from "American Idol" in sight, "House" star Hugh Laurie sits at a table, trying to eat while critics stick microphones in his face and ask him questions.

But the real royalty of the night is Larry Hagman, aka Texas oil tycoon J.R. Ewing from late 70's soap "Dallas," aka cute astronaut Tony Nelson on late 60's sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie."

Hagman has been signed to guest star as the new owner of the plastic surgery practice on "Nip/Tuck," which is telecast on Fox cable cousin FX network.

Hagman has grown to look alarmingly like The Wizard of Oz -- the one behind the curtain, not the disembodied emerald-green head in the flames.

He's dressed in a seersucker suit, checked shirt and loud chili pepper tie.

In the "Nip/Tuck" episodes, Hagman, who is in his 70s, is married to Sanaa Lathan, who is in her 30s. Gak.

Hagman's character, Burt Landau, also wants to have his testicles made "the size of kiwis," he told critics who'd run up to stick their microphones in his face too.

His first line, according to Hagman: "My [testicles] are not in proportion to my [male pride]" and he told critics he'd been waiting decades to be able to say something like that on television.

Hagman didn't know that, earlier in the day during a Q&A session for the show, creator Ryan Murphy told the critics that he'd written the part with Hagman in mind and when they got together "all he kept saying in that first meeting was 'Do I get to have sex with her? Do I get to have sex with her?'

"And I said, 'You came to the right show.' "

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 26, 2006; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2006  
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