July 1st, 2010
12:20 PM ET
When two cast members - including the main protagonist - are leaving the show, and the ratings are low, the chances of survival are slim. So it went when the critically acclaimed comedy "Party Down," having just finished its second season, was canceled by Starz on Wednesday.
The show avoided a similar situation to that which was faced by "Scrubs" recently (and will soon be faced by "The Office"), since star Adam Scott is now a cast member on "Parks and Recreation," and would only have been able to return for three episodes. Ryan Hansen, another cast member, was also unlikely to return, since he's now on the upcoming NBC series "Friends with Benefits."
The cancellation of the series about a team of caterers caused a minor uproar on Twitter, with people like comedian Steve Agee tweeting, "Everyone should cancel their Starz network subscriptions now."
Fellow comedian Paul Scheer, who guest starred on an episode this season, tweeted, "Here's to #partydown one of the funniest shows on TV. Let's get some hollywood dummy to give them $ to make a movie spin off."
The fact that the show was on cable likely allowed it to last two seasons, one more than it would have otherwise. Still, there was a small amount of hope that the network might allow it to continue due to its passionate fanbase.
Series co-creator Rob Thomas, whose "Veronica Mars" survived one season longer than "Party Down," told TV critic Alan Sepinwall, "No one on our side is particularly shocked by the news. Frankly, the waiting has been excruciating, and there's a certain amount of relief in knowing and being able to move on."
Cast member Martin Starr hosted a wake of sorts for the show, re-tweeting and responding to fans who were upset at the show's untimely end. "Thank you for the support! Sorry we couldn't give you another season. In all honesty it was a pleasure working w/STARZ & the whole cast&crew," he wrote.
Starr certainly knows all about cancellations, having been part of the cast of "Freaks and Geeks," the short-lived show which also launched the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and James Franco.
So "Party Down" joins the pantheon of cult series like "Freaks and Geeks" which critics and fans will probably talk about for years to come, not unlike "Arrested Development," "Firefly" and, yes, "Veronica Mars."
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