Could Tonight be the Series Finale of 'Party Down'?
by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 25th 2010 6:00PM
'Party Down' has been the little show that could for two years, but this might be the end of the line.
Don't get me wrong, I love the series, but it seems that it's just me and about 200,000 other people who regularly tune in for the smart little comedy.
Tonight, Fri., June 25 at 10PM on Starz, Jane Lynch returns to the show for the second season finale and possibly series finale. Why is a show with so much praise staring cancellation in the face? Well, a few reasons.
One, the numbers just haven't gone up. Starz's hit series, 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand,' premiered to roughly 1 million viewers (including those who watched the encore version). Rob Thomas, one of the creators of 'Party Down,' told me that Starz indicated they wanted to see the numbers go up, but they really haven't.
Another factor, the show only signs its actors to year contracts. Two of the main actors are attached to other projects next season.
Adam Scott, one of the stars and producers of the series has already made an appearance on NBC's 'Parks & Recreation.' He'll stick around there next season.
Ryan Hansen, goofy Kyle on 'Party Down,' has been tapped to star in NBC's new romantic comedy 'Friends With Benefits.' The new show is just what the title suggests, it's about friends who sleep with each other while searching for their true love.
Could the show come back sans Hansen and Scott? I guess.
Lynch was replaced by Megan Mullally who plays the lovable naive Lydia very well. But, Scott's character Henry is the center of the show.
Thomas told me that if tonight's episode is the last we see of Henry "... it's the most beautiful place we could leave him. The only comfort ... is that I think it's the perfect ending to his story if we don't get to see him again."
For more of Thomas' comments on the future of 'Party Down' check out my interview with him.
There's a preview of tonight's episode below, but I implore you to tune in and see the whole thing, or at least watch it on Starz Play via Netflix's instant stream feature.