Clip on your pink bowtie and crack open a bottle of house-brand liquor: Starz’s hilarious Party Down is getting a second season! (However, whether Jane Lynch–now a regular in Fox’s heavily-promoted Glee–will be able to return is still up in the air.) Excerpts from the announcement after the jump:
Englewood, Colo., May 11, 2009 – Starz has greenlit a second season of “Party Down,” its critically acclaimed half-hour comedy about a Los Angeles catering team – Hollywood wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their big break. Created and executive produced by Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars,” “Cupid”) along with John Enbom, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge, the series has been touted as one of the funniest new shows of 2009.
Called “a must-see” by USA Today, “Party Down” features a talented ensemble of actors, including Ken Marino as Ron Donald, the aggressively pious leader of the Party Down Catering company; Adam Scott as Henry Pollard, the one-time actor who has returned to the life of cater-waiter; Martin Starr as Roman DeBeers, the team’s self-proclaimed Sci Fi visionary and all-purpose intellectual; Ryan Hansen as Kyle Bradway, who’s an actor, model and front-man for an earnest alt-rock band when not working Hollywood parties; and Lizzy Caplan as Casey Klein, a pretty, smart, funny, and insecure comedienne who happens to make ends meet as a cater-waiter.
Starz Media, the production and distribution sibling of the Starz premium entertainment channels is producer of the series; Jennifer Gwartz and Danielle Stokdyk serve as co-executive producers.
Entertainment Weekly calls the show “straight-up funny;” it had the Chicago Tribune “guffawing out loud,” and it prompted the Detroit News to describe it as, “a guaranteed trip to silly town.”
I don’t ordinarily include laudatory critic blurbs when reprinting releases, but I have to give it up for “a guaranteed trip to silly town.” I can’t wait for the return trip.