Starz’ PARTY DOWN Review

Party Down Cast

While Starz might not be at the level that HBO or Showtime are when it comes to original series, they are definitely getting there.

After shows like Head Case and Crash, it was time for them to premiere a new original half-hour comedy called PARTY DOWN, this Friday, March 20, at 10:30pm (following Head Case).

Now before I even tell you about the story, let me just tell you about the people involved. The executive producers include Rob Thomas (creator of Veronica Mars), Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man; Role Models), John Enbom, and Dan Etheridge (who are all also the writers and creators of the show).

And for the stars of the show, they include Ken Marino (Vinnie Van Lowe of Veronica Mars), Adam Scott (Tell Me You Love Me, Knocked Up), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas of Veronica Mars), Martin Starr (Bill Haverchuck of Freaks and Geeks), Jane Lynch (Best in Show, 40 Year Old Virgin), Lizzy Caplan (Amy from True Blood, Cloverfield, Mean Girls).

And if that wasn’t enough, Fred Savage (who is also a producer) directed some of the first episodes.

Finally, to top it all, the first episode features Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars of Veronica Mars), and in the second Jason Dohring and Alona Tal (Logan Echolls & Meg of Veronica Mars) make an appearance. In addition, Kristen Bell herself should make an appearance at the end of the season.

With those people involved, I bet you’re already convinced to at least take a look at the show.

And now let me tell you that having seen the first three episodes, Party Down is definitely worth more than a look.

The show follows employees of Party Down, an L.A. catering company, most of them working there while waiting for their big break (either as an actor or comedian).

With lines like “You’re in the overall handsome business”, “Are we having fun yet?”, and “Jim Abbott,” Party Down is full of fun surprises. And although it might be fun for us to watch, Ron Donald (Ken Marino) is probably one of the unluckiest bosses out there, and his team is definitely not helping.

Ken Marion plays Ron, the boss trying to get through each new job with his incompetent catering team, perfectly. He is so pathetic I would almost feel bad for him, if I could only stop laughing.

But Ron is not the only crazy character, we also have Kyle Bradway (Ryan Hansen) who’s a actor/model/singer and quite the lovable douche.

Constance Carmell (Jane Lynch), I don’t think I can describe her, you gotta see it to believe it.

Roman Debeers (Martin Starr) a geeky screenwriter who bonds with people that recognize the movie quotes he refers to.

Casey Klein (Lizzy Caplan) is a comedian dealing with marital problems in virtually each episode.

And among all these messed up people, it seems that Henry Pollard (Adam Scott) is probably the sanest one, and that’s saying a lot since he is a failed actor who decides to go back to his old catering job.

Actually, I think there is one scene that really captures how sad that character is, when Kyle asks him what he does, and he says “I’m a bartender” and when Kyle asks him where, he says “here.” But once again, you gotta see it to get the full effect.

Party Down premieres tomorrow, March 20, at 10:30pm on Starz. Don’t miss it.


Synopsis: As employees of the L.A. catering company “Party Down,” a group of struggling dreamers who are stuck working for tips while waiting for their big break mingle with guests at everything from sweet sixteen parties to the most lavish Hollywood soirees. Ken Marino (Vinnie Van Lowe of Veronica Mars) is the team leader. Adam Scott (Tell Me You Love Me, Knocked Up) plays Henry, the failed actor who has returned to his old job at Party Down. Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas of Veronica Mars) plays an aspiring actor/model/rocker who likes to hit on ladies and wants to hit it big. Martin Starr (Bill Haverchuck of Freaks and Geeks) is Roman, a geeky screenwriter who thinks everyone who doesn’t get things like references to Repo Man are idiots. Jane Lynch (Best in Show, 40 Year Old Virgin) plays a woman who was once an actor who did bit parts, which she likes to talk about occasionally. She has a tendency to get too chummy with the guests at the parties. And finally Lizzy Caplan (Amy from True Blood, Cloverfield, Mean Girls) plays a comedian with marital problems who is constantly trying to resolve her issues with her husband while at work.