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05 March 2009 @ 01:02 pm
Lizzy Caplan From True Blood Finds A New Party  
Lizzy Caplan who played Amy Burley on True Blood has a new comedy TV show coming out on the Starz channel called Party Down where she plays Casey Kline. Each episode of the show focuses on a catered event while the caterers, a group of struggling wannabe actors who are stuck working for tips while waiting for their big break bumble their way through the party. As employees of the L.A. catering company "Party Down," these misfits mingle with guests at everything from sweet sixteen parties to the most lavish Hollywood soirées. The show is set to premier March 20, 2009.



In an interview with IGN Lizzy described her character. "My character is Casey Klein and she is a struggling comedian, and really, a failing comedian. She's really down, because her marriage is kind of going through very, very difficult times as well, because her husband wants to move to another state and I'm not really ready to give up on what it is I'm trying to do. But the truth is, I don't get any of the parts I'm up for. I'm not succeeding in this world. I'm going back and forth on whether or not I think I'm a good comedian. Because I can't be that good, because nobody's really picking up what I'm putting down."

This is co-producer Jennifer Dugan's (Saul of the Mole Men, Newport Harbor: The real Orange County) first attempt at a scripted show having been involved with several reality TV series and a game show. Although there are no less than 4 executive producers and 2 associate producers also involved with the show including Paul Rudd (The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live), and a host of Veronica Mars people including Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, Cupid) and John Enbom (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

"We'll have opportunity for satirical lampooning of whatever subset the party represents as we tell the ongoing stories of our catering crew," Thomas told the Hollywood Reporter. "If the original British version of 'The Office' was a show about people who have given themselves over completely to the rat race, Party Down is a show about people who have chased the dream for far too long. "

Rounding out the cast are Jane Lynch (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Ken Marino (Veronica Mars, Role Models), Adam Scott (Tell Me You Love Me), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, Friday the 13th 2009) and Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks).

Behind the scenes interview of the stars of the show:



Starz ordered ten episodes of the series and the press release including the episode guide follows:

Fans of Kristen Bell will get a double dose of the former crime-solving star of Veronica Mars in the coming weeks - in addition to her role in the Star Wars-themed comedy FANBOYS (opening this Friday), Bell will hit the small screen and reunite with "Mars" creator Rob Thomas for a guest-starring role in his highly anticipated Starz comedy series, Party Down. The new series, which premieres March 20th at 10:30 PM ET/PT, features Bell (in the season finale airing May 22) as Uda Bengt, a former Party Down team member now running a rival team, Valhalla Catering, the best crew in town. Ruthlessly efficient, she tolerates nothing less than perfection from the highly imperfect Party Down crew. She carries her secret weapon in her back pocket, Party Down CEO Alan Duk's number on speed dial, and thinks nothing of getting Ron fired if he gets in her way.

Commenting on Bell's cameo, Party Down executive producer and creator Rob Thomas said: "I couldn't be any more excited about working with Kristen again. Her role in Party Down is the first that we've written for a specific actor. Too often women and guest stars get stuck playing the straight man in comedies, but, in Uda, I think John (Enbom) created a character worthy of Kristen's significant comedic talents. I'm also looking forward to hanging out on set like old times."

Not everyone opts for the "normal" lives of traditional jobs and nuclear families, such as the crew of misfits on the new Starz comedy, "Party Down," premiering Friday, March 20 at 10 P.M. ET/PT. The new half-hour from the creator of "Veronica Mars," Rob Thomas, follows a Los Angeles catering team - a sextet of Hollywood wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their "big break." Each episode of the 10-part original series finds the hapless catering team working a new event - from sweet sixteen affairs to gay weddings to mobster acquittal parties to porn awards - where they inevitably get tangled up with colorful guests and the absurd drama of their own personal lives.

The cast, comprised of the industry's best-known character actors, includes: Ken Marino ("Veronica Mars," Role Models), Adam Scott ("Tell Me You Love Me," Step Brothers), Jane Lynch (Role Models, The 40 Year Old Virgin), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, "Freaks and Geeks), Ryan Hansen ("Veronica Mars," Friday the 13th 2009) and Lizzy Caplan ("True Blood," Cloverfield). In addition to Kristen Bell, additional celebrity guest appearances include: Ed Begley, Jr., Marilu Henner, Joey Lauren Adams, Breckin Meyer, Rob Corddry and Steven Weber. Executive produced by Thomas, along with John Enbom ("Veronica Mars," "Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles") Paul Rudd (Role Models, Knocked Up) and Dan Etheridge ("Cupid," "Veronica Mars"), 80's icon, Fred Savage ("Wonder Years") also directs five of the episodes.

Catering appointments include:

Willow Canyon Homeowners Association Annual Party
Premiere: March 20 at 10:30pm ET/PT
Failed actor Henry Pollard reluctantly returns to the same Party Down catering company he left eight years earlier when Hollywood success seemed imminent. Except now Ron Donald -- his former hard-partying coworker -- is Henry's boss. "New Ron" -- a sober corporate achiever -- commands Henry and the catering team with relish in the pursuit of "total party satisfaction" for their clients. The Party Down team -- Ron, Henry, and fellow cater-waiters Casey, Constance, Kyle, and Roman -- find themselves working a neighborhood gathering at the comfortable middle class home of Gordon McSpadden, his uptight wife Liddy, and their sexually aggressive daughter Monica. Gordon's dismay over the traditional life path he chose contrasts sharply with our crew's pursuit, however failed, of their entertainment dreams. with unexpected results. Directed by Fred Savage; Guest stars include: Enrico Colantoni, Rebecca Creskoff, Jackie Debatin, Eden Sherr

California College Conservative Union Caucus
Premiere: March 27 at 10:30pm ET/PT
Working the California College Conservative Union Caucus, the Party Down team joins the young Conservatives in anxiously awaiting the arrival of keynote speaker Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. While Henry reflects on his own career failures amid the crowd of idealistic clean-cut "achievers," Ron gets caught up in a fierce political debate over a gift of Cuban cigars for the Governor. As he tries to hunt down new cigars, Ron manages to offend Constance's Hollywood Liberal sensibilities, and then lose an irreplaceable American flag. Meanwhile, Casey tries to visualize a "normal" life in Vermont, but comes to suspect Vermont itself isn't the problem. Directed by: Fred Savage; Guest stars include: Josh Gad, Ryan Pinkston, Jason Dohring, Alona Tal

Pepper McMasters Singles Seminar
Premiere: April 3 at 10:30pm ET/PT
At a sex and romance seminar for seniors led by the endlessly energetic Pepper McMasters, Constance is confronted by a lothario from her debauched past. Casey, inspired by Pepper's message of "Living Life to the Fullest," decides to divorce her husband, and then throws herself at Henry. Kyle, meanwhile, struggles to get revenge on Roman for tricking him into shaving his eyebrow - with rousing results. Directed by: Bryan Gordon; Guest stars include: Ed Begley, Jr., Marilu Henner

Investors' Dinner, Malibu Canyon
Premiere: April 10 at 10:30pm ET/PT
The team is hired by deal-making big-wig Tony Carolla, who is entertaining a haughty group of potential investors. Henry and Casey - struggling with the "morning after" of their recent hook-up - attempt to negotiate their new relationship status, as the crew struggles to please the uptight guests. When Henry and Casey discover that Tony is a con man, they're all too happy to let the jerks get fleeced -- until they realize Ron is about to invest his SoupR' Crackers seed money in Tony's scheme. Directed by: Bryan Gordon; Guest stars include: Daran Norris, Richard Fancy, Ryan Devlin

Sin-Say-Shun Awards Afterparty, Club Milk, North Hollywood
Premiere: April 17 at 10:30pm ET/PT
The team is thrilled and titillated to work a porn industry awards after-party, but it quickly becomes apparent that things aren't so sexy behind the scenes. Ron gets "discovered" in the men's room by porn mogul Guy Stennislaus and reluctantly flirts with a new scheme for financing his Soup'R Crackers franchise -- as a pornographic actor. Kyle tries to teach Roman how to meet women, while Henry and Casey's attempt to sex-up their affair doesn't quite work out. Directed by: Fred Savage; Guest stars include: Mather Zickel, Stormy Daniels, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Vincent Parisse, Beth Dover

Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen Party, Beverly Hills
Premiere: April 24 at 10:30pm ET/PT
The crew dons P. Diddy-inspired Bling-Wear for the sweet sixteen party of Taylor Stiltskin, daughter of angry Hollywood titan Leonard Stiltskin. The party is a disaster - no one but a handful of nerds show up. Casey and Constance try to convince Taylor that she should forget about popularity and have fun anyway, while Ron babysits the rappers stuck waiting to perform - and discovers they have more in common than he ever thought. Henry is shocked to run into an old acting school pal, now a big star, who tries to use his newfound celebrity to get Henry back in the acting game. Directed by Bryan Gordon; Guest stars include: JK Simmons, Joey Lauren Adams, Breckin Meyer, Allison Scagliotti, Kevin Hart, Fatso Fasano

Brandix Corporate Retreat
Premiere: May 1 at 10:30pm ET/PT
The team works the Brandix Corporation Teambuilding Retreat, where a sports superstar is delivering the keynote address. In helping the star with a joke in his speech, Casey starts to hit it off with the guy, leading to a tangle of jealous feelings from Roman and Henry. Ron, meanwhile, convinces his team to play a few "trust" building exercises themselves, but the attempt ends in disaster as Casey realizes Henry is jealous, and Roman realizes Henry and Casey have been having a secret affair. The event ends with team trust at an all-time low, and Henry considering taking a "real" job dangled by a Brandix executive. Directed by: Fred Savage; Guest stars include: Rob Corddry

Celebration for Ricky Sargulesh, Glendale Banquet Lodge
Premiere: May 8 at 10:30pm ET/PT
In an attempt to get back at Casey for flirting with another guy, Henry flirts with a woman at a family and friends party for "Ricky." Things get uncomfortable when the crew realizes Ricky is a mobster, who has just been acquitted of murder, and the woman is Ricky's girlfriend. Henry must beg for help from Casey, even as the mobsters realize Henry, Constance and Kyle have all been on TV -- they're incredibly impressed to be hanging out with people from show business. Ricky even hands his script over to Roman, who becomes torn about what he should do when he realizes the script is about the future murder of a party guest. Directed by: Bryan Gordon; Guest stars include: Steven Weber

James Rolf High School Class of 1989 Twentieth Reunion, Van Nuys
Premiere: May 15 at 10:30pm ET/PT
Ron forces the Party Down team to work his 20-year high school reunion in hopes of proving that he is not the irresponsible party animal he was back in the day. The team agrees to help Ron live his reunion dream, but Ron quickly starts abusing their charity, ordering them around mercilessly. He strikes up a budding relationship with reunion coordinator Melinda, who nurses her own dreams of high school reunion transformation, only to have it threatened by the arrival of Ron's slovenly party buddy Donnie. Ron tries to keep Donnie at bay and romance Melinda, but when someone more successful arrives at the party, she ditches Ron, sending him into a downward spiral that parallels his life back in high school and derails his sobriety. Directed by: Fred Savage

Stannheiser-Pong Wedding, Bel Air
Premiere: May 22 at 10:30pm ET/PT
The crew is excited to be working the extremely exclusive wedding of Hollywood super-mogul Barry Stannheiser and his 22-year old fiancé Marty Pong - the reception is sure to be packed with celebrities and bigwigs. But they've all disappointed to learn the Party Down team is working as a backup crew to the uber-efficient and wildly good-looking Valhalla Catering Team, led by Ron's arch- rival, team leader Veronica Moon. With everything on the line, Ron collapses back into his former partying ways, leaving Henry to single-handedly keep the team afloat, determine his own future with Casey, and try to save Ron's job. Directed by: Bryan Gordon; Guest Stars include: Kristen Bell

"Party Down" is the latest addition to Starz' original programming lineup. The channel's first dramatic series, "Crash," a co-production with Lionsgate, premiered October 17, 2008. Starz also features "Starz Inside," a series featuring original specials examining people, trends and culture in movie entertainment hosted by film critic Richard Roeper.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 17.4 million and 31.6 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

SOURCES:

Party Down with True Blood's Lizzy Caplan
IMDb.com
The Hollywood Reporter
Starz.com: Party Down

(Photo credit: Starz.com)

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