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Party Down
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Party Down title card
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by John Enbom
Rob Thomas
Dan Etheridge
Paul Rudd
Directed by Bryan Gordon
Fred Savage
Starring Adam Scott
Ken Marino
Jane Lynch
Ryan Hansen
Martin Starr
Lizzy Caplan
Jennifer Coolidge
Megan Mullally
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) John Enbom
Rob Thomas
Dan Etheridge
Paul Rudd
Producer(s) Adam Scott
Bryan Gordon
Fred Savage
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 26–28 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Starz
Original run March 20, 2009 (2009-03-20) – present
External links
Official website

Party Down is an American comedy television series created by John Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, and Paul Rudd that airs on the Starz network in the US and Super Channel in Canada.

Party Down has been renewed for a 10-episode second season which will premiere April 23, 2010.[1]

Contents

Premise

The show follows a Los Angeles catering team, a sextet of aspiring Hollywood wannabe actors, writers, models, and musicians stuck working for tips while hoping for their "big break." Each episode of this half-hour comedy finds the hapless catering team working a new event, and inevitably getting tangled up with the colorful affluent guests and their absurd lives.

Cast

Jane Lynch did not appear in the last two episodes of the season. Her character Constance's roommate, Bobbie St. Brown, played by Jennifer Coolidge, filled in for her and was listed in the starring credits instead. Lynch will not be returning for season two because of her previous commitment to the Fox series Glee and Coolidge's work was probably a one-time guest spot. Producers are creating a new character named Lydia to replace Lynch/Coolidge. The character will be played by Megan Mullally.[2]

Both Jane Lynch and Kristen Bell will return for one episode each in the second season.[3]

Crew

The series is executive produced by creator Rob Thomas, along with John Enbom,[4][5][6] Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge.[7] Enbom also serves as show runner/head writer, with co-executive producers Jennifer Gwartz and Danielle Stokdyk and Jennifer Dugan as line producer.[8]

Series star Adam Scott serves as a producer, while series directors Bryan Gordon and Fred Savage are supervising producers. Series star Ken Marino will direct the second-season finale episode.[1]

Relationship with Veronica Mars

Party Down has many connections with Rob Thomas' previous series Veronica Mars. Besides Thomas himself, John Enbom was a writer, Dan Etheridge was a co-producer, and Paul Rudd made a special guest appearance. Both Jennifer Gwartz and Danielle Stokdyk served as co-executive producers for Veronica Mars.

Series regulars Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, and Ryan Hansen also appeared on Veronica Mars. Both Scott and Lynch had guest appearances, while Marino had a recurring role and Hansen was a series regular. Other Veronica Mars cast members that have guest starred on Party Down include Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Alona Tal, Ed Begley Jr., Daran Norris, Ryan Devlin, and Martin Yu. Bell, Colantoni, and Dohring were series regulars, while the others had recurring roles.

Reception

Mark Schultz of Examiner.com gave the show an A minus, praising Lynch's performance in particular. "Scenes of getting high...are given new life here by a hilarious Lynch, who, in one episode, plays a stoner so confused and amused she can't help laughing, even when head caterer Ron Donald shows her a picture of his footless friend." He also calls the show a "great recession comedy."[9]

DVD releases

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Party Down: Season One April 6, 2010[10] TBA April 7, 2010[11]

References

  1. ^ a b "Starz Sets April 23 for Season 2 of "Party Down"". thefutoncritic.com. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20100119starz01. Retrieved January 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ Godwin, Jennifer. "Who Could Replace Jane Lynch on Party Down?". E! Online. http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b133021_who_could_replace_jane_lynch_on_party.html. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ Masters & Cady, Megan & Jennifer. "Kristen Bell and Jane Lynch Will Return to Party Down". E! Online. http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b149989_kristen_bell_jane_lynch_will_return.html. Retrieved October 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ "John Enbom". Imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0256722/. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Low Life". Bostonphoenix.com. http://www.bostonphoenix.com/alt1/archive/movies/reviews/05-30-96/LOW_LIFE.html. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Like Mother, Like Son—a review of Terminator: TSCC's "Heavy Metal"". SFScope. http://sfscope.com/2008/02/like-mother-like-sona-review-o.html. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Dan Etheridge (I)". Imdb.com. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0262052/. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Jennifer Dugan". Imdb.com. October 28, 2008. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2637014/. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Shows you should be watching part three (of more than three)". Examiner.com. http://www.examiner.com/x-12184-Detroit-TV-Examiner~y2009m6d15-Shows-you-should-be-watching-part-three-of-more-than-three. Retrieved June 15, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Party Down – Street Date Revealed for the DVD Release of Season 1". tvshowsondvd.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Party-Season-1/13268. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Party Down – Season 1 (2-Disc Set) @ ezyDVD". ezydvd.com. http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/811466. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 

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