'Party Down' Revival in the Works at Starz

Party Down, Starz's cult comedy from the late aughts, may party once again. A limited revival of the series is in the works at the network, with the original producing team confirmed and much of the cast likely to return.

Though it's technically still just in development, co-creator Rob Thomas expressed his commitment to the project in a statement accompanying the news. “At the end of 2019, the Party Down cast and producers were all reunited at a retrospective for the show hosted by Vulture," said Thomas. "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.”

Thomas is no stranger to making unlikely revivals happen. The veteran scribe and producer has already resurrected another cult hit, Veronica Mars, for both a feature film and a limited series.

Co-created by Thomas, John Enbom, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge, Party Down lasted just two seasons at Starz and ran for 20 episodes over 2009 and 2010. Should it come back, Enbom will again serve as showrunner.

The comedy followed the very specific experience of cater-waiters in Los Angeles — aspiring actors and writers, stuck working for tips to make ends meet before getting their big break. Each episode focused on a new event, the characters becoming entangled with colorful guests and a revolving door of famous co-stars. Though the cast was already quite famous at the time, most have only seen their profiles grow — with the top-billed including Ken Marino, Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, Lizzy Caplan and Megan Mullally.

“Before the cast of Party Down became well-known television and movie actors and award winners, they were all wearing the same pink bowties as part of a less-than-competent team of Los Angeles cater-waiters while chasing their dreams of stardom on the Starz series,” said Christina Davis, president of original programming at Starz. “Fans have been waiting more than 10 years for this revival to happen, and we’re thrilled to be in development with Rob, Paul, Dan and John at the helm.”

Should the project come to fruition, it is intended to run in six parts and will be produced for Starz by Lionsgate Television.