Real Life Guests Were Stuck in TCA Hotel Elevator, ABC Says at End of ‘A Million Little Things’ Panel

TCA 2018: Coincidence, sure. Terrifying? Also yes

Last Updated: August 7, 2018 @ 5:37 PM

Hotel guests were trapped in the Beverly Hilton’s elevator at the same time as ABC’s “A Million Little Things” panel during the network’s Television Critics Association press tour, ABC PR senior vice president Jori Arancio said Tuesday.

But, the guests were removed safely from the elevator soon after. “I’m happy to report that the people are safe and out of the elevator,” she said before the “Kids Are Alright” panel.

“Thank you,”Arancio said at the conclusion of the “A Million Little Things” Q&A. “But before we go and get ready for the next panel, I wanted to share what is going on in real-time in the hotel. There is a group of people trapped in an elevator on the eighth floor. The fire department is here helping, but the irony of this is too amazing not to share it with you.”

In new ABC fall drama “A Million Little Things,” the on-screen friends meet after being trapped in an elevator together.

The eighth floor here is for the Stardust Lounge, which offers access to the rooftop. That’s where several of the network-sponsored TCA parties take place each summer. ABC’s own party is scheduled for Tuesday night on the hotel’s ground floor, the annual location of that happy hour.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least two of the four elevators in the bank leading up to the Stardust Lounge were out of order. Earlier in the Tour, three had been operational.

In “A Million Little Things,” DJ Nash’s group, for different reasons and in different ways, are all stuck in their lives, per the series description. But when one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living.

The show stars David Giuntoli, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak and Lizzy Greene and Ron Livingston as Jon Dixon — the friend whose passing rocks the rest of the group.