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.
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.
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. And while we don’t know when the limited series debuts just yet, production is currently underway. 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.