The Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie is going to feature a little Party Down reunion. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who also created Party Down announced yesterday evening that Ken Marino and Martin Starr will both be appearing in the new movie. It was previously announced that Party Down alum Ryan Hansen would be back too. Marino will be reprising his role from the series as sleazy private investigator Vinnie Van Lowe, while Starr, who didn't appear in Veronica Mars, will be playing a new character: Lou “Cobb” Cobbler, a class of '09 grad who's attending the 10-year reunion. Three Party Down stars down; four to go.
In just 11 hours yesterday, fans of the short-lived cult hit TV drama Veronica Mars rallied around their beloved series to raise $2 million to finance a movie follow-up via a Kickstarter campaign started by creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell. The project broke Kickstarter's funding record and not only reached but exceeded its initial $2 million goal in no time at all. As of this writing, over 45,000 people have contributed over $2.7 million to the movie, making it an overwhelming instant success. Something like this has never been done before, but will it be done again? Will this change how movies get funded and bring more [...]
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Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and other projects that never made it to the screen. This week, I interviewed Ken Marino, star of the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, the Yahoo! web series Burning Love, and an alumni of The State and Party Down. Marino was nice enough to chat about [...]
On the most recent episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!, Megan Mullally let a couple of juicy details slip about the much-wished-for Party Down movie. The most encouraging news is that it appears that the movie has financing, pending script approval, which was one of the biggest hurdles to the film getting made. And once that script approval comes in and the money starts flowing, they're hoping to shoot next spring or summer during the hiatus for everyone's TV gigs.
And she made it very clear that the entire cast is super excited to get back into their bow ties, saying that there'd be "some sort of [...]
The Best Sitcom Episode Ever Tournament is pitting 32 of the greatest episodes of funny TV shows ever produced against each other in a single-elimination winner-takes-all (well, takes-nothing) competition. Every day, we're putting up episodes for you, our loyal readers, to vote on. Today: Community vs. Party Down and South Park vs. The Simpsons.
Community — "Remedial Chaos Theory," October 13, 2011Community has done a lot of beloved "thematic" episodes, but none played with the form and structure of the 23-minute sitcom episode quite like "Remedial Chaos Theory." With each roll of the die we saw how the study group's dynamic changed based on who left the room, [...]
Funded by the collective prayers and wishes of the internet hive mind, with possibly some help from dubious business practices in Iraq1, Arrested Development will be brought back from the dead next early Sunday morning on Netflix. The critical and financial success of this unprecedented experiment in TV resurrection will decide if other shows will be able to continue to tell their stories long after a broadcast or cable network had canceled it, thereby cheating death, defying nature. To save Netflix, or Amazon Instant, or any current or future video streaming service the burden of thinking too much when they decide to play God, here are 12 comedies whose [...]
Party Down star Ryan Hansen has found a new show. He's been cast in a supporting role in CBS's sitcom pilot based on the 2011 movie Bad Teacher, Deadline reports. Hansen, who's been playing a recurring role on 2 Broke Girls lately, will portray the gym teacher character that Jason Segel originated in the movie. Ari Graynor and David Alan Grier also star as the titular morally-bankrupt teacher and the school's clueless principal, respectively. Still no word on when that Party Down movie's supposed to happen.
After a slowish start, the networks are out guns blazing buying up sitcoms. NBC has bought four additional sitcoms, two of which come from Jimmy Fallon's production company. The first from Fallon is The Untitled Hipster Project, which was created by former Daily Show showrunner Josh Lieb and comedian Nick Thune. The show follows an un-hip anthropology student who ends up "studying" the hipsters of Brooklyn. Hipsters, of course, are a completely fresh target for comedy. Thune is looking to star; however, if he's planning on playing the non-hipster, he probably should tell his face. The second is Slammed, a show from Fallon monologue writer Jon Rineman that [...]
Every comedy fan worth his or her salt knows Martin Starr. The guy’s been popping up in some of the best comedies going for over a decade now, from Freaks and Geeks to Knocked Up, Party Down to Adventureland. Starr’s latest series, NTSF:SD:SUV, sees his hot streak continue. The 15-minute Adult Swim comedy returns for a second season this Thursday night, August 9th, at 12:15am (it’s technically Friday morning), following the season premiere of Childrens Hospital. I’ve seen a couple new NTSF episodes early because I’m a “journalist,” and I can assure you that Season 2 is just as funny and zany as Season 1, if not even better.
The Best Sitcom Episode Ever Tournament is pitting 32 of the greatest episodes of funny TV shows ever produced against each other in a single-elimination winner-takes-all (well, takes-nothing) competition. Every day, we're putting up episodes for you, our loyal readers, to vote on. Today: The Simpsons vs. NewsRadio and Party Down vs. The Bob Newhart Show.
The Simpsons — “Marge vs. the Monorail,” January 14, 1993 There are many reasons why “Marge vs. the Monorail,” one of three Simpsons episodes solely written by Conan O’Brien, is THE episode of THE greatest sitcom of all-time — including Phil Hartman’s fast-talking monorail man, Lyle Lanley; Leonard Nimoy’s fittingly random guest appearance; [...]
In the past few days, Party Down co-creator Rob Thomas has raised over $3.5 million dollars to make a movie follow-up to his other cult hit series Veronica Mars, leading fans to wonder whether the same future is in store for Party Down. It turns out no Kickstarter is necessary, as Thomas and company are raising funding for it the old-fashioned way: through movie studios and production companies. Thomas tells HuffPo today, "We're still hopeful that there will be a Party Down movie without Kickstarter. We're already in the process of trying to make that happen, and I can't say too much about that. There is [...]
This weekend, Party Down cast members Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Ken Marino, Martin Starr and Ryan Hansen reunited for a Q&A moderated by Paul Scheer at Cobb's Comedy Club as part of the San Francisco Sketchfest. It was awesome.
From their interactions with each other, I'm convinced the characters they played are not all that different from their actual personalities; the dry wit of Adam Scott, the goofiness of Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan's sarcasm, and Martin Starr's “stoner” persona all shone through. But fortunately Ryan Hansen is much more much more likeable than his insufferable character, Kyle.
You can't get a bunch of comedic actors together and expect straightforward answers, [...]
Duels or “classy show-downs” as they are often called by no one, have been solving hot debates for ages. They're useful for delivering crowds a champion, through often unpredictable means (just ask Alexander Hamilton). Television loves a surprise, so what better way to measure and battle elements of TV than with a duel? Here, we will battle two characters in an imaginary contest of wills. Sometimes a winner will be crowned because of pertinent facts, and sometimes in spite of them.
This week? Ben Wyatt v. Henry Pollard in working, (or… Adam Scott v. Adam Scott at jobs.)
Of the seven basic literary conflicts, the most intriguing is certainly “character v. character” [...]
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