January 2011 Archives
If there is one thing I am looking forward to this season on Parks and Recreation, it has to be the return of Adam Scott as state auditor Ben Wyatt as a potential love interest for Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope. Scott might seem like a new face to most people, but his first appearance on Parks came at the end of his previous, much less watched comedy, Party Down on Starz. In it, Scott played Henry, a failed actor with only a beer commercial credit who was earning a living as a caterer in Los Angeles with coworkers who are all equally struggling to achieve their Hollywood dreams. While Party Down was loved by those who watched it, not many did, and so it got canceled. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons besides Adam Scott for anyone who loves Parks and Recreation to check out Party Down for the first time. In fact, here are six of them:
The last time Off the Map's Caroline Dhavernas had a midseason show, things didn't go exactly as planned. In fact, it only lasted four episodes on air. Poor Wonderfalls failed because of lousy marketing, a lack of faith by Fox, an out-of-sequence schedule and poor ratings because it was up against a slightly similarly themed Joan of Arcadia. And that's a shame because the show was quirky, charming, bizarre and well-acted. I'm hazarding a guess that Dhavernas's new series, which is from ABC showrunner extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes, and is a medical drama set in the jungle, will last a lot longer, probably years longer, given its more mainstream sensibility. Not that I didn't see the appeal of a bored retail store clerk being given orders by inanimate objects in a Niagara Falls gift shop -- I did -- but apparently that show's devotees were few and far between.
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