It feels like it just started, but the Season 2 finale of Party Down is already here. The episode is very exciting, if a little bittersweet -- Jane Lynch is back (Party Down is catering her character's wedding!) and it's Adam Scott's last episode for a while (if there even is a third season, which is highly doubtful at this point), which should be very funny and immensely enjoyable, if not a grim reminder of how weird this show is going to be without Henry next season. Scott's coming back for three episodes in between his Parks and Recreation duties, which, considering the short season is actually significant, but still: no Henry? Entire episodes without Henry? It's freaking me out.
I already shared my thoughts on this show the other day, and not much has really changed, except that Mindy told me a silly story about Ryan Hansen at SXSW and now for his sake I hope that the show does well. Because, well, he seems like a nice guy and employment is good in this day and age and lord only knows what is going to happen with that Gossip Girl spinoff.
Party Down is an immensely funny and enjoyable little show, but it's so stressful to be a fan of. Jane Lynch left, Adam Scott's leaving, Lizzy Caplan and Ryan Hansen have pilots going on, nobody watches it -- there's just so much working against it. I know Starz doesn't have the ratings expectations and subscribers of other cablers (and that the show's Netflix and demand numbers elevate things), but last week's premiere got a paltry 126,000 viewers. Best case scenario is the talent keeps leaving; worst case scenario is this season is the last one.
If you haven't been watching Party Down, then... well, you probably don't have Starz. (It's a pay channel.) But if you do get Starz, you need to watch Party Down. It's an incredibly funny show about cater-waiters in Los Angeles, and it stars Parks & Rec's Adam Scott, The State's Ken Marino, Veronica Mars's Ryan Hansen and True Blood's Lizzy Caplan as the wait staff. Most of them are aspiring actors, but they also have a clueless stage mom (Megan Mullally) on staff, and each episode follows them to a different event, where they encounter ridiculous characters from L.A.'s power elite, as well as its dregs. This week, it's the dregs, but they're very funny dregs.