Do you remember the series Party Down from 2009? The cast and crew for the show had a ten-year reunion in 2019. At the event, they remembered how fun it was to work on the sitcom. After talking more during the pandemic and making a deal with Starz, the series is now returning for a revival.
The network made the announcement saying that they were “reviving the party” for Party Down. The word insinuates that we’ll be seeing a continuation for where the second season left off, not rebooting the show. This would mean that, hopefully, we’ll be seeing the original Party Down cast members, though at this point they haven’t made any official announcements about who is on board for returning to the screen.
The sitcom ran for two seasons on Starz and had a number of names you may be more familiar with now than you were a decade ago, including Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, and Lizzy Caplan with appearances by comedy stars like Megan Mullally and Jane Lynch. Party Down followed a group of caterers in Hollywood. Every one of the caterers was waiting for their big break in the movie industry while working for tips. They had to wear white button-up shirts and pink bow ties while serving food at events. Their event guests were all the Hollywood types they wanted to be rubbing elbows with.
Each episode of Party Down took place at one of these events and showed the often hilarious struggle of trying to get yourself known in a difficult industry. The show was created by John Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge, and Paul Rudd. These creators also wrote most of the scripts for the twenty episodes. Starz announced that the group of them will be back to develop the new limited series for the network. Of the group, John Enbom will be working as the showrunner.
Rob Thomas, one of the executive producers on the series, said, “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.” This makes it sound hopeful that they’ll be getting as much of the original Party Down cast on set as possible. While Starz didn’t make any casting announcements, star Adam Scott tweeted about the announcement with a fingers-crossed emoji. Hopefully, that means he’ll be in negotiations soon.
Fans were excited, but some were also nervous for the second take for Party Down. Revivals can be fantastic and we’ve seen many of them in recent years. However, many shows come back only to confuse or disappoint fans. For example, there is the often debated revival for Gilmore Girls. The original show creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, got to return to have the ending for the series she’d always dreamed of. It left many fans unsure of what to think. The Veronica Mars revival from Rob Thomas, who will be working on Party Down is another example of a revival with mixed reactions from fans.
Development on the Party Down revival has only just begun, so they don’t have a release date ready for us yet. Hopefully, the team is hard at work on scripts that will have fans laughing just as hard as they did the first time around.