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The EW and ABC Upfront Party

Stars from ABC’s new and returning series hit the PH-D Rooftop Lounge at the Dream Downtown in NYC to celebrate the network’s upfront announcements at a party cosponsored by Entertainment Weekly. The casts of Once Upon a Time, Happy Endings, and other shows mingled as DJ Mick Boogie spun the latest hits. Said Emily VanCamp, whose drama Revenge just got picked up for season 2, ”The day after we found out was my birthday, so I got to celebrate many different things.”

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”It’s so fun to see each other. It’s like school — we take the summer off and pick right back up where we left off.”

Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson, on the show’s third season and her castmates, including Adam Pally (left) and Zachary Knighton (right)

”It’s more seductive [and] eerie,” said Williams. “If you want to get in the building you have to make a deal with us, and sometimes there’s a price to pay.”

—On the upcoming fall supernatural series 666 Park Avenue, Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn play a couple in charge of a tony Manhattan building.

”I think it’s exciting, 10 years later, to be kind of helping kids do what I did 10 years earlier.”

—Original American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson, with Robin Thicke. The pair will be discovering amateur singing talent on the new reality competition Duets, which debuted May 24.

”I really want to see more where she went in the past eight years before she arrived in the Hamptons,” said VanCamp. “I think people really enjoy that stuff, and it’s a lot of fun.”

—What would Emily VanCamp like to find out about her scheming character on Revenge next season?

”We had access to the Grand Ole Opry,” said Britton. ”Right where you perform, there’s a circle that is the original floor. When I got there I thought, you know, this feels really sacred, so [I] basically lay down and wriggled all over it.”

—Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere will star as rival country singers on the upcoming fall drama Nashville.