November 16, 2001 03:37 PM

Lingerie lovers tuned in Thursday night for an eyeful of the latest underwear styles. The fashion show, which was taped on Tuesday night in New York City, had its television debut on the Disney-owned ABC network at 9 p.m., an hour usually reserved for more family-friendly viewing. Until this year, the parade of models in clingy underthings was broadcast only on the Internet as a live Webcast, with varying results in viewing quality. Victoria’s Secret marketing chief Ed Razek told Reuters recently that the company decided to pitch the show to the major TV networks this year instead. Surprisingly, there wasn’t much resistance from TV’s old-guard: ABC leapt at the opportunity to have the show at the first meeting. The only caveat was that network chiefs had two days to watch the va-va-va-voom footage and edit out anything deemed inappropriate. Apparently not much got the ax — at a time when networks are hard up for advertising dollars, only a few shots were “blurred” to conceal over-exposed skin. The stars who attended on Tuesday had no qualms ogling supermodels such as Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks and Gisele Bündchen in their fancy underpants: Mark Wahlberg, Sigourney Weaver, Macaulay Culkin, Regis and Joy Philbin, Alan Cumming and Tara Reid all seemed to enjoy the show.

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