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 cancelation, 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 network announced on Thursday. The original creative team—showrunner John Enbom and his co-producers Rob Thomas, Paul Rudd, and Dan Etheridge—will return for the program.
No official word yet on which cast members will appear in the run, though things look hopeful. In 2019, the entire cast (including both Jane Lynch and Megan Mullally) reunited for a retrospective at the Vulture Festival. According to the new 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.
At present, Party Down‘s exceptional first two seasons are available to watch on Starz and Hulu. No news yet on when the next season will take form; it may be a while. Naturally, juggling the schedules of Party Down’s ever-increasingly high-profile stars may prove a pickle. Thomas added, “The cast is so busy these days that finding a window where we can do it may require trigonometry, but we’re determined to make it happen.”
As such, it seems reasonable to believe that the 2020s Party Down will feature a full cast reunion. What’s perhaps a bigger curiosity: what guest stars will the show accumulate? And which of them will play parodic versions of themselves? 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.