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News Roundup: 'Party Down' Goes Digital, Casting News and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 13th 2010 6:30PM
Party DownUnfortunately, 'Party Down' is still dead, but it is getting a new digital life, just minus new episodes.

The critically-acclaimed yet ratings-challenged comedy about a catering company will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Xbox starting Aug. 24. Yes, soon you can relive the wonderful final season of one of the best comedies to grace TV screens in a long while. Episodes will have a suggested price of $1.99.

"It's the earliest we've ever gone out [for sale] with a show," Marc DeBevoise, senior vice president of digital media at Starz, told Vulture. "Our goal is to get out there as fast as possible to the rabid fans."

The show disappeared off Netflix's instant streaming service in what many thought was a wicked move by Starz, but it will return near the end of the year. Season 2 of 'Party Down' will be out on DVD Sept. 28. Could Starz be hoping to grow 'Party Down' into an even bigger cult-hit?

In other TV news ...

Mandy Moore will return to 'Grey's Anatomy.' The singer/actress' character, Mary, last seen in the season 6 finale, will check back into Seattle Grace in the sixth episode of season 7. [TV Guide]

'Friday Night Lights' star Michael B. Jordan will guest on NBC's 'Parenthood.' Jordan will play the new love interest of Haddie and is currently signed for two episodes, but he could make more appearances down the road. [TV Guide]

HBO's 'All Signs of Death' has found its leading lady in the form of Mercedes Masohn. Fans may recognize Masohn from 'Three Rivers.' In 'All Signs of Death,' Masohn will play Soledad, the femme fatale of Alan Ball's neo-noir series. [LiveFeed]

Ben Esler has joined AMC's 'Hell on Wheels.' In the series about the Transcontinental Railroad, Esler will play Sean, an Irish immigrant who entertains the railroad workers with a show. [LiveFeed]

Gordon Ramsay just got richer. The British chef's One Potato Two Potato, a joint production venture with Optomen, has been acquired in a deal for $60 million. The production company is home to Ramsay's 'The F Word' and 'Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.' [Hollywood Reporter]

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