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As if Veronica Mars fans shouldn’t already be excited for the premiere of Rob Thomas’ new series Party Down on Starz (coming in March!), now there’s one more reason to start counting down. Starz announced that Kristen Bell, aka Veronica Mars is set to play a guest role in the series in its first season!
We had the chance to screen a couple of episodes of the series, which is set to premiere on Starz on March 20th at 10:00 PM. You can check out our (very positive) review here. The comedy series follows a group of Hollywood big shot wannabes who work together at a party company as the hired help for various types of parties and events. Bell is set to guest star in the season finale, which airs May 22nd. Below is the episode description for the season finale:
“Stannheiser-Pong Wedding, Bel Air”
Premiere: May 22 at 10:30pm ET/PT
The crew is excited to be working the extremely exclusive wedding of Hollywood super-mogul Barry Stannheiser and his 22-year old fiancé Marty Pong – the reception is sure to be packed with celebrities and bigwigs. But they’ve all disappointed to learn the Party Down team is working as a backup crew to the uber-efficient and wildly good-looking Valhalla Catering Team, led by Ron’s arch- rival, team leader Veronica Moon. With everything on the line, Ron collapses back into his former partying ways, leaving Henry to single-handedly keep the team afloat, determine his own future with Casey, and try to save Ron’s job. Directed by: Bryan Gordon; Guest Stars include: Kristen Bell”
Veronica Mars and Party Down creator Rob Thomas seems quite enthused to be working with Bell on the show, saying, “I couldn't be any more excited about working with Kristen again. Her role in Party Down is the first that we've written for a specific actor. Too often women and guest stars get stuck playing the straight man in comedies, but, in Uda, I think John (Enbom) created a character worthy of Kristen's significant comedic talents. I'm also looking forward to hanging out on set like old times.”
Among the Party Down cast are Veronica Mars vets Ken Marino (he played Vinnie Van Lowe in VM) and Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas). You’ll also see Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars) in a guest role in the first episode.