Here’s a little trivia question for you. Which upcoming series is being created and executive produced by the mastermind behind Veronica Mars and will star not one but two former Veronica Mars cast members and one hilarious star of the great but cancelled Freaks and Geeks? If you guessed, Starz’s series-in-progress, Party Down, give yourself a nice pat on the back.
I read through the announcement issued by Starz and I was already sold as soon as I read the words “Rob Thomas”. Thomas, who created Veronica Mars, is listed as the creator and exec-producer for Party Down. Starz’ announcement states that Party Down, “follows a Los Angeles catering team – a sextet of Hollywood wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their “big break.” Each episode of this half-hour comedy finds the hapless catering team working a new event - - and inevitably getting tangled up with the colorful guests and their absurd lives.
Also listed as executive producers are John Enbom, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge. Fans of Paul Rudd and/or Veronica Mars may remember his guest starring role in the series’ third (and final) season. He was the washed up rocker whose back-up tape went missing. If not, then you’ll probably remember him from any of the other gazillion acting roles he’s had, from Clueless, to Friends or something more recent like Knocked Up. Rudd is credited as a writer for Party Down but given the plot of the show, maybe we’ll get the chance to see him make an appearance on camera someday.
And speaking of Veronica Mars, part of the big casting news announced about the series is that the show will include Ken Marino, who played Vinnie Van Lowe (the sleazy but hilarious private detective) and Ryan Hansen, who played Dick Casablancas (the douchy but strangely charming BFF of Logan Echolls) in VM. As for the Freaks and Geeks veteran that I referenced earlier, that would be Martin Starr, aka Bill Haverchuck of F&G. He was also in Knocked Up (the beard guy) .
Also among the cast of Party Down are Adam Scott (Tell Me You Love Me, Step Brothers), Jane Lynch (Role Models, The 40 Year Old Virgin),and Lizzy Caplan (True Blood, Cloverfield).
In addition to having pulled together a fantastic cast, and having a talented writing team behind the series, I think Party Down is definitely going to fit in among some of Starz’s other original series. Both Head Case and Hollywood Residential are comedies that center on the humor in celebrity life.