Tonight’s cuppa: British blend decaf tea (chasing Beverly Hilton coffee and Irish breakfast tea).

The Television Critics Association Press Tour is almost over, with just one more full day of presentations tomorrow, from NBC, then a day of off-site set visits.

Just back from the all-star party for the NBC Universal family of channels — NBC, Bravo, Sci Fi, Oxygen and USA Network (the Weather Channel was recently added to the list).

Among the highlights of the evening was a chat with "Heroes" star Milo Ventimiglia, just returned from a USO tour to Iraq and Afghanistan (click on his name and see a Wikipedia page with a photo from the trip).

Ventimiglia and I made plans to talk again later in the week for more details on the experience (like how he was mistaken for a news photographer), but before we parted company, we did discuss our mutual love for the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Believe it or not, there is not a single Dunky D in all of Los Angeles or anywhere nearby. The coffee can be bought in stores, but it’s not the same as the brew from the drive-through, which is my first stop when I fly back East (and it’s the same for Ventimiglia, who’s both a trouper and a Cupper).

As to what brew would best represent his hit NBC drama — which he said is already shooting episode eight, having started work the first of May — Ventimiglia says it would be strong coffee, served black.

But Ventimiglia is not a one-beverage kind of guy. He also shared his love for jasmine Dragon Pearl Tea, which he says is great with raw honey. And, coincidentally, in Nov. 2007, the California-based company sent tea to the troops in Iraq.

This Cuppa’s for you, Milo and Dragon Pearl Tea!

Before I go, here’s a few pix from my Saturday spent on location in El Segundo, Calif., with TLC’s "Trading Spaces." On hand were host Paige Davis, designers Frank Bielec and Nancy Hadley, carpenter Brandon Russell, a group of local firefighters and El Segundo Mayor Kelly McDowell, who declared it "Trading Spaces" day in his seaside town.

The day included shooting scenes with the fire-station co-workers who were trading rooms , visiting the house Bielec was designing to confer with his team, including Russell, and then a paint-and-wood-buying trip to a home-improvement store. Click on the photos to see a larger version.

There is no airdate yet set for the episode, but it should be in the 3rd quarter of this year.



Posted by:Kate O'Hare