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NBC Upfronts Celebration Features Hamptons Stars and Shows in NYC

NBCUniversal, which approved and renewed a number of Hamptons stars and Hamptons-based television shows this spring, capped of the 2014 upfront season with an “All Together Different” star-studded celebration at New Yorks Javitz Center on Thursday, May 15.

The event included an audience of 3,000 and featured 120 stars of current shows and new offerings from NBC’s various networks, such as Bravo, E!, SyFy, Oxygen, Sprout, USA and Esquire.

Kim Kardashian, who will likely appear in her sisters’ upcoming Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons, kicked off E!’s presentation by introducing Joan Rivers and Giuliana Rancic, who launched into the pop culture network’s series highlights.

Khloé Kardashian also made an appearance at Javitz to promote and celebrate her new show.

Along with E! announcing its first original scripted drama The Royals, starring Elizabeth Hurley as the queen of England, the network said it has tapped global fashion icon and Hamptons visitor Diane von Furstenberg for The DVF Project,a reality competition series featuring the designer and a group of ambitious young women who undergo “the ultimate interview” to become her company’s Global Brand Ambassador.

USA’s “Royal Pains” star Mark Feuerstein at NBC Upfronts Celebration, Photo: Larry Busacca/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

The Michael J. Fox Show, starring Quogue’s Michael J. Fox was not renewed for a second season on NBC, but USA’s Hamptons-based doctor dramedy Royal Pains is still going strong. Season 6 premieres on June 10, and the show’s stars, Mark Feuerstein and Paulo Costanzo, were on hand Thursday to rejoice in their continued success.

Hamptons regular Lydia Hearst made a bold appearance in a sexy black shirtdress. The Hearst Publishing heiress, model and actress is a model coach on Oxygen’s The Face, which just aired its Season 2 finale on May 7.

The guys from Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New YorkRyan Serhant, Luis D. Ortiz and Fredrik Eklund — also attended Thursday’s soiree. Eklund is Douglas Elliman’s face in Manhattan for the exciting new Barn & Vine project in Bridgehampton, so it’s likely we’ll be seeing more of him out east.

Padma Laksmi, Bravo/Oxygen president Frances Berwick and Tom Colicchio at NBC's Upfronts Celebration
Padma Laksmi, Bravo/Oxygen president Frances Berwick and Tom Colicchio at NBC’s Upfronts Celebration, Photo: Steve Fenn/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment

Other Hamptonite Bravolebrities in attendance included Noyac exec and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, Real Housewives of New York City vets and Hamptons regulars Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan, as well as Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, owner of Bridgehampton hotspot Topping Rose House.

The evening culminated with an after-party featuring a special 30-minute live performance by British superstar and singer-songwriter, Jessie J.

For complete coverage of the NBC Upfronts, including new and renewed shows, visit

Kim and Khloe Kardashian at NBC Upfronts Celebration
Kim and Khloe Kardashian at NBC Upfronts Celebration, Photo: Cindy Ord/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
Lydia Hearst of Oxygen's
Lydia Hearst of Oxygen’s “The Face” at the NBC Upfronts Celebration, Photo: Larry Busacca/NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
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