urx unit loader TCA Day 10    Farewell to the Mouse

Tonight’s cuppa: British blend decaf tea.

Home again from the Television Critics Association Press Tour after the second and last day of the Mouse — a k a ABC, ABC Family and Disney Channel. I now have a flash drive that looks like a round white Mickey Mouse head, with the USB plug in one of the ears. It’s almost as cool as Fuse’s guitar-shaped rubber flash drive.

How cool are flash drives? Nobody ever would want to wear a floppy disk around their neck.

The star of today had to be "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, who appeared on two press-conference panels, one featuring ABC show-runners and the other featuring the "Desperate" ladies.

During the first panel, the voluble, witty Cherry carried on a comedy routine with "Lost" executive producer Carlton Cuse — begun while they were working together on the Writers Guild of America negotiating committee — in which sports metaphors have to be translated into their musical-theater equivalents.

I’m not sure what fourth and long would translate into, but I suspect it would be something from "Rent."

Later, during the "Desperate" panel, Cherry sat in the middle of his actresses and did a fine job directing questions to them, drawing out answers and generally acting as a master of ceremonies. If he ever wants to give up the TV-writing gig (he says "Desperate" will end after seven seasons, but ABC entertainment chief Steve McPherson looked up from his PDA to loudly express his doubts about that from the peanut gallery), Cherry would be an excellent talk-show host.

He could even be the new Mike Douglas. I’d tune in.

The day ended with the ABC/Disney/ABC Family all-star party, where I had a surprise encounter with "West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin, who looks bleached blond, tan and happy. He said he was there as someone’s date, and I was told later that he’s back together with "Pushing Daisies" star Kristen Chenoweth.

Which led me to wonder — would "Pushing" creator Bryan Fuller ever allow Sorkin to write an episode, and would Sorkin do it? Questions to ponder.

I was also thrilled to meet Brit Morgan, who plays confrontational spoken-word performance artist Lacey Thornfield in ABC Family’s "The Middleman," who hadn’t been on the set the day I visited. The episode I was on set for, "The Flying Fish Zombification," aired Monday night, and Brit and I let loose with an "Art Crawl!" cheer/fist-pump a couple of times.

Yes, I’m a big geek. But you knew that.

Tomorrow, CBS and Showtime.