Megan Mullally joins the 'Party'

Emmy winner to play frazzled mother on Starz comedy

Emmy winner Megan Mullally has joined Starz's original comedy series "Party Down."

On the show about a Los Angeles catering team, she will play Lydia Dunfree, a middle-aged refugee from a lousy marriage who leaves small town life to move to Hollywood where her 13-year-old daughter Escapade hopes to make it as an actress.

"Party Down" has been looking to fill the void left by the departure of Jane Lynch who co-stars on Fox's "Glee."

Production on the second season of "Party Down" begins in mid-September in Los Angeles. The premiere is tentatively scheduled for April 2010.

Mullaly most recently starred in ABC's "In the Motherhood."