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Starz takes the 'Party Down,' cancels the offbeat comedy

Party_down Even the best of parties need to end sometime.

After two seasons, Starz has pulled the plug on "Party Down." 

The offbeat half-hour comedy about a group of wannabe Hollywood actors and writers working at a small-time catering company in the midst of waiting for their big break, which counted "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas and Paul Rudd among its executive producers, developed a cult following in its run. But ratings for the show, a favorite among critics, had been lackluster.

"After careful consideration, we've decided not to continue on with subsequent seasons of 'Party Down' and 'Gravity,' " Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president of programming for Starz Entertainment, said in a statement. "We're grateful to everyone involved in the shows, and are proud to have had them on the channel. Starz remains committed to aggressively expanding our original programming lineup."

"Party Down" had an impressive lineup, with a cast that included Ken Marino ("Reaper"), Ryan Hansen ("Veronica Mars") and Martin Starr ("Freaks and Geeks").  But losing Adam Scott to "Parks and Recreation" and, before him,  Jane Lynch to "Glee" didn’t help the show's chances.

The news is an added blow for Lizzy Caplan, who backed out of the new CBS sitcom "Mad Love" because of her commitment to "Party Down."

Starz also canceled newbie "Gravity," a dramedy about a group of suicide survivors.

-- Yvonne Villarreal

Credit: Starz

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The 1st season is knockdown, drag-out, the best comedy ensemble ever.

I mean up there with Are You Being Served? and Faulty Towers good.

This season has been hit-or-miss.

Perhaps a reunion season many years from now?

It's really the kind of thing that the actors can pick back up anytime.

I have a friend who worked on Gravity. She said that no one at Starz could figure out how this series ever got greenlit...that nobody thought the premise was interesting, that nobody thought the writing was particularly good, no one thought the characters were well-drawn. Their only conclusion was that someone higher up liked it and nobody below them would disagree. I read the pilot before they filmed in New York and I was shaking my head. It's amazing how many "industry" people can't see the obvious.

Party Down was a great show that deserved a bigger audience. Sad to see it go but glad we got a solid twenty episodes out of it.

Gravity wasn't particularly good but I stuck with it mostly because it was so tonally different from anything else on TV. It was ultimately self-indulgent and meandering and I wasn't planning on watching a second season anyway.

With these gone, as well as Crash, Hollywood Residential and Head Case, Starz is clearly cleaning house.

I felt that "Gravity" was a very smart and indulging show. I watched every week, and it kept me coming back. With cliffhangers almost every week, and a constant shift in tone it made the show worth watching. The series was different and real. No matter how quirky the show was it gave me a sense of satifaction in the television world that I haven't felt in a long time. Whether "Gravity" stayed or left it was poetry in motion. EPIC beyond most beliefs!


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