It’s come to this: even television shows get premieres these days. Tuesday night in New York, the buzzy, slice-of-movie-studio-life comedy series “Action,” starring Jay Mohr as a foul-mouthed producer of mega-budget action films, was screened for a small crowd at Moomba.
“It was odd. I never had a premiere for a television show before,” admitted Illeana Douglas, who plays Mohr’s prostitute girlfriend. “I guess it’s like a short movie.”
The pilot lasted only 22 minutes. Buddy Hackett, Mohr’s bumbling driver in the show, was also on hand — and looked to be loving every minute of it. The veteran comic settled onto a bench next to a pair of leggy beauties and directly behind Lulu de Kwiatkowski.
“Do we know each other?” he asked, torquing his stocky body in her direction.
“No,” she replied with a laugh.
“Too bad,” he groaned.
Nearby, the rest of the gang was catching up after its summer travels.
“Were you not going to tell me you’re opening a hotel?” boomed Alexander Von Furstenberg, just back from a six-week vacation, at his boyhood friend Jeff Klein.
“Do you want to invest?” shot back Klein, before explaining he is still in the early stages of renovating a building on West 44th Street — a stone’s throw from the Royalton — into a boutique hotel called The City Club.
On the same night, media-phobic Sarah Polley was sneaking out of the midtown premiere of her movie, “Guinevere,” to have dinner with costar Stephen Rea and a group of friends.
“They dashed out,” said Carrie Preston, who plays Polley’s best friend in the movie. Preston stayed to watch the film under the watchful gaze of her agents and managers.
Despite playing hooky, Polley did show up for a post-screening party at Serena’s, dressed in a vintage black silk skirt and tank top. Being the activist she is, her outfit was deliberately label-less.
“I don’t wear designers,” she snapped. “I’m morally against advertising for clothing companies at premieres. I think it’s repulsive.
“And if ever I do [wear designer clothing]” she later added, “it’s because I’ve totally lost myself, and you have the right to slander me mercilessly.”