Still no 'Veronica Mars' reunion, but Kristen Bell guests on 'Party Down' [video]
Kristen Bell made good on her promise to return to catering comedy "Party Down," reuniting with "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas for a cameo this Friday.
Bell, who played uptight catering crew leader Uda Bengt in the Starz show's first season, had publicly said she'd go back for another appearance on the Thomas-created series if her schedule allowed. (There's been talk of a "Veronica Mars" feature film since the drama was canceled in 2007, but no formal plans have been announced. So, fans of the Bell/Thomas collaboration will have to settle for a fix here.)
The guest spot is a scene between Bell and her catering competitor-turned-boyfriend, played by Adam Scott. The terse breakup, in which Scott's mild-mannered Henry gets steamrollered by the overbearing Uda, will air this week.
As in Season 1, the type-AAA Bengt has a penchant for carrying on conversations in person and on her ever-present Bluetooth headset simultaneously. Hilarity ensues. Her presence has been implied, but she hasn't been seen this season as the grating voice on the other end of Henry's cellphone.
"Party Down" has sprinkled its largely unknown ensemble cast liberally with guest stars during its run, such as Ed Begley Jr., J.K. Simmons, Ken Jeong, Steve Guttenberg and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
The show, with several "Veronica Mars" veterans, hasn't generated much buzz during its second season. It probably hasn't helped that its half-hour companion, the suicide-themed "Gravity," garnered mixed reaction from critics and hasn't caught on with viewers.
And "Party Down" is about to lose its principal player, Scott, who's set to become a regular on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." It's already said goodbye to Season 1 co-star Jane Lynch, who's now one of the lead actors on Fox hit "Glee," and replaced her with sitcom vet Megan Mullally.
Lynch, who played a washed-up D-list actress on "Party Down," is scheduled to pop in for the season finale. That might get it some sorely needed attention.
-- T.L. Stanley
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