A Party Down revival is in the works. The short-lived sitcom that began in 2009 was underseen at the time despite being biting and hilarious, but in the age of streaming, more people have discovered the series since the end of its run. Original network Starz have likely seen the show’s newfound popularity, and have commissioned a limited series revival.
The show followed a group of caterers in Los Angeles making ends meet while trying to make their dreams a reality in Hollywood. It also propelled the careers of stars Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, and Jane Lynch.
Lynch left towards the end of season one for a popular starring role on Glee, Scott was quickly snapped up by Parks & Recreation after the end of Party Down, and Caplan went on to star in Masters Of Sex and other projects. The show also starred veteran comic actors such as Ken Marino, Megan Mullally, Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen.
Executive producers Rob Thomas, Paul Rudd, John Enbom, and Dan Etheridge are all returning for this revival. However there’s no word on how much of the cast is returning. Obviously, since the end of Party Down‘s revival a lot of them have become much bigger stars, so it could be tricky to get them all back.
The show could be similar to Arrested Development‘s revival in many ways, as that was another cult hit that led to its stars going onto bigger things. When it came to the revival, it was so hard to schedule them all back together, the show had to work around their absences.
Thomas said as much in a statement, but also implied that the whole cast are keen on a revival:
“At the end of 2019, the Party Down cast and producers were all reunited at a retrospective for the show hosted by Vulture. We had such a good time that we wanted to find a way to get the team back together again. 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”.
Hopefully it can all work out. But if the revival does happen, it will be interesting to see how the writers handle it. It would be sort of depressing to think that the characters would still be aimlessly catering, with their Hollywood dreams going nowhere, a decade later. Not exactly hearty laughs, although Party Down always had a dark edge, so maybe it could work to their advantage.