|The cast of Klondike, including Sam Shepard and Tim Roth (middle, front)|
Thursday night, the sprawling back lawn of the Langham Huntington Hotel was transformed into a large casino/saloon, set up just for critics. Inside was a full bar, a honky-tonk piano, chili, hard liquor and fast women--or maybe it was the other way around.
Not all the critics dragged their butts out to the lawn, however. Thursday was a punishing day, ending with several all-star HBO sessions. Some folks were either writing or sleeping.
It was all thrown together to promote Klondike, Discovery's first foray into scripted television. The miniseries premieres Jan. 20 on Discovery and Discovery Canada. It follows two adventurers (played by Scottish actor Richard Madden and Brit Augustus Prew) as the set out for Dawson City in 1897 at the peak of the gold rush.
|Richard Madden on location in Alberta|
Outside, a fine horse--featured for the 10th consecutive year in the Rose Bowl parade--was there for the petting.
|The casino set up on the back lawn of the Langham|
Read more about Klondike the series here at this article I wrote for The Canadian Press.