TV Junkie: Starz Drops 'Party Down'
It's really a shame that Starz has dropped "Party Down" - great cast, great writing, really funny situations based on the reality of surviving in LA while being creative
It's with more than a bit of sadness that we note that Starz has opted to not renew its comedy "Party Down". We know that we'll soon see the very talented cast members in other shows, particularly Adam Scott and (the beautiful) Lizzy Caplan (remember her awesome turn in "True Blood" a couple years back?). But this doesn't mitigate the loss of a show that had such great humor about what is a very real experience for a lot of people in LA - surviving as a creative person while trying to "make" it. We personally know 4 people whose existence is similar to the characters of the Party Down catering team.It's true that viewership of the show was low (130,000-260,000 weekly) but what did Starz expect from its lackluster marketing and placement of the show? It's been decades since a Friday night comedy has taken off. We also note that their blanket marketing campaign of "Spartacus: Blood & Sand" yielded results but that there was no similar effort for "Party Down". Yes, "Part Down" had a night at PaleyFest a few months back but that's nothing compared to the US tour of cast members and aggressive print and web advertising of "Spartacus". We hope the cult following of "Party Down" results in some cult DVD purchases because this show needs to live on in some way.
Larry King: it's about time. We never understood why Larry King made the "leap" to TV - his show was just fine on the radio, which is where it should have stayed. Perhaps the one thing different about his show on CNN was that it was based out of studios in Los Angeles, hardly an innovation, but conducive to easily tapping into the entertainment industry PR machine, which must be desperately hoping that King's replacement will be as willing a mouthpiece for their product.
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "Penn & Teller: Bulls...!", "The Green Room", "Burn Notice", "Boston Med", Letterman, Ferguson.
7:00pm Attack of the Show! G4 - Sex advice; gadgets; iPhone games.
8:05pm Penn & Teller: Bulls...! Showtime - Teen Sex: Adults take drastic measures to combat the perceived dangers of teen promiscuity.
8:35pm The Green Room With Paul Provenza Showtime - Panelists include Paul Mooney, Rain Pryor, Bobby Slayton and Jim Jefferies.
9:00pm Burn Notice USA - A doctor seeks help when drug dealers terrorize his clinic; Michael is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a killer
9:00pm Rookie Blue ABC - The rookies hunt for a violent escaped convict; Andy and her training officer search for a missing informant.
9:00pm So You Think You Can Dance Fox - A contestant is eliminated; Ne-Yo performs; a performance by the cast of "Viva ELVIS."
10:00pm Boston Med ABC - A baby has a serious heart defect requiring surgery; a doctor struggles to balance work and family.
10:00pm Futurama Comedy Central - Attack of the Killer App
10:00pm Royal Pains USA - Hank saves a hand; Boris' health quickly fails after Marisa's treatment; Divya clashes with Dr. Peck.
10:00pm Ace of Cakes Food - 100 Episodes of Cake Duff and the rest are challenged with creating a roller coaster cake; the bakery staff looks back on past episodes.
11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actor Laurence Fishburne; Actor Peter Facinelli; Actor Elizabeth Reaser.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Taylor Lautner; director Barry Sonnenfeld.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Dakota Fanning; grocery list collector Bill Keaggy; Korn performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Comic Kathy Griffin; actor Michael Vartan; Alicia Witt performs.