One reason all the Netflix hullabaloo a few months ago was overblown is because somebody decided to keep Arrested Development and Party Down available for streaming. Charge me out the ears, but don’t even joke about taking those two away from me. Arrested Development probably gets more fanfare (rightly so), but Party Down is another too soon cancelled comedy that lives on in the hearts of comedy geeks (and totally normal, well-adjusted people) everywhere.
Where Arrested Development was about a dysfunctional family, Party Down was centered around wannabe actors who worked for a catering company. Ronald Donald was the straight-laced corporate suck up and the familiar Adam Scott was too-cool-for-school Henry Pollard (remember Griff from Boy Meets World?).
With news out this month that, like Arrested Development, Party Down will turn into a movie (YES! YES! YES! THAT SERIOUSLY IS SO FREAKIN’ AWESOME!) the Internet has been crazy-nostalgic lately (even though it was only cancelled in 2010). Another parallel with the Arrested Development movie is that apparently, save maybe Jane Lynch (damn, no Constance?), every cast member has agreed to join in and shooting starts this summer.
In the meantime, I found THIS LINK RIGHT HERE of an oral history of the show. Paul Rudd, Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, and the rest of the crew all chime in on the story of the show. It’s a bit of a long read, but definitely worth the time for any fan of Roman DeBeers:
Here are a few highlights, but c’mon don’t be lazy:
Jane Lynch on her character, Constance: “She lives in a soft, cotton place. She kind of rewrote history for herself that she had a career. It turns out she was probably a glorified extra. She pretended in her fantasy that Ryan’s character, Kyle, was her protege, and she was gonna show him the ropes. And he believed it. You know, he wasn’t the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree either. We really enjoyed each other. He was like my long-lost child.”
Paul Rudd on Kyle: “One of the first things we kept thinking about when we were talking about the Kyle character was how he’s just kind of in the handsome business. He’s in this band, and he had come up with this song called “My Struggle,” all about how tough his struggles were, and we were laughing that he would have no idea that “My Struggle” translates to “Mein Kampf.” He wouldn’t have any idea what Mein Kampf is. And he would start singing about his situation, about how he’s branded a star and put on a midnight train, and all of this Holocaust imagery, and he has no idea. And then the idea of him belting this out in front of a group of elderly Jewish people—we couldn’t stop giggling about it, but it never was going to really make it into the show. And then when Jane gets married in “Constance Carmell Wedding,” we were able to do it. And I love it.”
Lizzy Caplan on the sudden cancellation: “I’d say by the third episode everybody was really gelling, and then by the fifth episode, everybody was really sad that it was half over.”
Martin Starr on why the show was cancelled: “Sandals. They wanted more sandals.”