The biggest dreamers among us all have spent the past decade casting wishes for a Party Down revival. The dry-witted comedy series got the axe after just two seasons due to generally paltry ratings, critical adoration notwithstanding. In the now 11 years since its cancellation, Party Down’s brainy humor and brawny Guttenberg have attracted more and more attention. Enough attention, in fact, that its original network, Starz, has opted to bring the show back for another season.
Party Down will return to Starz in the form of a six-episode limited series. The original creative team—showrunner John Enbom and his co-producers Rob Thomas, Paul Rudd, and Dan Etheridge—will all come back for the program. And now, finally, we get our first full look at the upcoming antics with the official trailer for Party Down‘s return.
Listen, this is no joke. This is catering. The cast of Party Down is all dressed up and ready to return to your screens.
The limited Party Down series will premiere on February 24, 2023. Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, and Megan Mullally will reprise their roles.
Many of them reunited for a retrospective at the 2019 Vulture Festival. According to a press release, this event inspired the idea to reconvene for a new stretch of episodes. Rob Thomas said, “We had such a good time that we wanted to find a way to get the team back together again.” We owe you big time, Vulture Festival.
Starz also revealed some first-look photos to get us excited about this fun reunion.
The lone original cast member not returning is Lizzy Caplan, who could not make it due to scheduling issues. However, the show has added a handful of new characters. Jennifer Garner, Tyrel Jackson Williams, and Zoë Chao will also star in the series. Meanwhile, James Marsden will recur in a key role, per Deadline. Chao is playing Lucy, a cater waiter and aspiring celebrity chef; Garner is Evie, a producer and Henry’s love interest; and Williams is Sackson, a wannabe influencer. Marsden, meanwhile, plays the lead in a superhero franchise, who we can only assume will throw some sweet parties. And, someone Ron (very likey) aspires to be best friends with.
At present, Party Down‘s exceptional first two seasons are available to watch on Starz and Hulu. Now that we can stop wishing for more Party Down, we have the pleasure of imagining what will happen on the next season of Party Down. And that’s a lot more pleasant; it’s safe to say that we’re having fun yet.
Originally published March 4, 2021.
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