Wednesday, March 28, 2012


 If you misplaced your invitation to join the mortally misanthropic staff at Party Down you wouldn't be the only TV viewer who missed the party.

 Created by Paul Rudd, Dan Etheridge, John Enbom and Rob Thomas, the Starz original series ran for two seasons and was cancelled in 2010. Partially improvised with delicious deadpan delivery, the show failed to find an audience and star Adam Scott estimates the series finale garnered just 15 000 viewers; abysmal ratings even by cable channel standards.

 Although couch potatoes failed to RSVP, critics praised the show for its irreverent style and inspired performances. Party Down follows the staff at the titular Hollywood catering service as they float from one tedious event to the next.

 Ron Donald (Ken Marino) leads the troubled team and is overly earnest at first. Yet Ron's failures cause him to crash and burn as the series progresses. Henry Pollard (Scott, who you can now see on NBC's Parks & Recreation) is a has-been actor who can't shake being associated with a catch phrase he uttered years ago. Casey Kline (Mean Girl's Lizzy Caplan) and Kyle Bradway (Ryan Hansen, better known as Arrow-in-the-head guy from the terrible Friday the 13th reboot) are struggling actors while Roman DeBeers (Martin Starr) is an aspiring, nihilistic writer. Jane Lynch steals scenes as Constance Carmell, a past her prime actress who doles out advice to Kyle and anyone else who will listen. Lynch left the series mid-way through the first season to join Glee and was initially replaced by Jennifer Coolidge. In season two Megan Mullally took over Lynch's spot full time as Lydia Dunfee, a dim witted stage mom.

 The spark that critics saw in the show will hopefully set the big screen ablaze as Mullally and Scott have independently confirmed that Party Down will be resurrected for theaters. Shooting is expected to commence this summer.

"We're like 90% there... If everyone's schedules work out and the guys get time to write a script. They have kind of a skeleton of a story worked out so we know where it's going to go but we just have to kind of cross the Ts and dot the Is, or something. But Starz are being super cool and they're going to let us do it, and we're all excited, we all want to do it," Scott said in an interview with Christopher Schobert for The Playlist.

Casey should be more discreet

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