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PARTY DOWN, A New Sitcom From CUPID/VERONICA MARS Mastermind Rob Thomas!!

Published at: Oct. 13, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!
It’s a “Taxi”-ish, "Extras"-ish sitcom about six aging catering-service employees in Los Angeles coming to terms with the fact that they may not make it in showbiz. Rob Thomas, busying prepping a new version of “Cupid” for ABC, created the show but is turning over showrunning duties to “Veronica Mars” writer and executive story editor John Enbom. Actor Paul Rudd (“Knocked Up”) is involved also. Look! Press release!
STARZ ENTERTAINMENT GETS READY TO “PARTY DOWN” New Original Comedy Series Will Premiere Exclusively on Starz in 2009 Englewood, Colo., October 13, 2008 –Starz Entertainment is ramping up its original programming slate with a new half-hour comedy series, “Party Down,” which will debut exclusively on Starz in first quarter 2009. The 10-episode scripted series marks the first show produced for the network by the premium channel’s sister company Starz Media. The announcement was made today by Stephan Shelanski , executive vice president, programming, Starz Entertainment. The new original comedy series is created and executive produced by Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars,” “Cupid”) along with John Enbom, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge. Enbom also serves as show runner. Co-executive producers are Jennifer Gwartz and Danielle Stokdyk. Jennifer Dugan will produce the series. William J. Hamm, executive vice president, originals productions, Starz Media will oversee production. “Party Down” follows a sextet of Hollywood wannabes making ends meet working for a Los Angeles catering company as they chase their dreams of stardom. Each episode is a catered event – a sexy, senior singles mixer, a video porn awards after-party, a super-sweet 16 party gone horribly wrong, etc. “We’ll have opportunity for satirical lampooning of whatever subset the party represents as we tell the ongoing stories of our catering crew,” says Rob Thomas. “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. We’re particularly interested in mining the comedy of what happens as the dream fades.” “’Party Down’ is a new daringly fresh series that will bring a new style of comedy to Starz,” Shelanski said. “It further fulfills our mission to produce intelligent, contemporary original series that traditional networks cannot offer. We are pleased to work with Rob Thomas who brings a unique and visionary style to his productions. ‘Party Down’ will be the perfect companion show to our hit comedy series ‘Head Case’. These two shows will ensure a dependable destination for fresh, out of the norm comedy entertainment.” Starz Media’s Anchor Bay Entertainment will hold exclusive worldwide home entertainment distribution rights to “Party Down,” while the company’s Worldwide Distribution group will handle international television domestic syndication sales. Starz Media produces and distributes entertainment for television, for Starz as well as other networks, along with theatrical releases, DVDs and new media programming. “Party Down” is the latest installment in Starz’ original programming line-up. The channel’s first dramatic series, “Crash,” a co-production with Lionsgate, premieres October 17. “Head Case,” an original half-hour comedy series, which stars Alexandra Wentworth is currently in production with 10 new episodes and will premiere in ’09 along with “Party Down.” Starz also features “Starz Inside,” a monthly series of original specials examining people, trends and culture in movie entertainment hosted by film critic Richard Roeper . Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming -- including theatrical films -- and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group. 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 million and 31.3 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 (http://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. # # #


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  • Oct. 13, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    First!

    by MrSundayNight

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    Just saying what we're all thinking here...

    by epitone

    Rob Thomas = Kristen Bell connection Starz = nudity

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Why are movie channels showing more shows than movies?

    by F-18

    If I'm paying extra for the channel, I want some goddamn movies. I can watch 30-60 minute shows on network tv.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    CRASH: THE SHOW is unwatchable...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    ...here's hoping this wont be a turd like that.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Actually...

    by F-18

    I didn't mean "network tv" like NBC, FOX, etc., I meant cable channels that I don't have to pay extra for.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Rob Thomas making original content?

    by punto

    not based on a book, someone else's show, or his own cancelled show? awesome (based on a book is cool too I guess)

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Mr. Spork

    by RaRoMo

    I always enjoy your postings, but when you say, "If I'm paying extra for the channel, I want some goddamn movies", aren't forty showings a month of I Am Legend or House Party 2 enough? Wouldn't it be nice to have some original series in there? Probably most of them aren't going to be another Dexter or True Blood or Mad Men or Breaking Bad, but maybe one or two of them might be? To me, the more original scripted programming we have by cable, the better. Most movies nowadays suck. Some of the recent cable series don't. Movies are dead. Long live the new flesh!

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Agreed about Crash

    by BrandonGK

    Half the time its a boring character drama, (some housewife remodeling a bathroom for her dad is considered compelling drama?) the other is an exceedingly pathetic 'Shield' rip-off (hell they even have the dirty cop with a shaved head banging a female uniform officer behind his wife's back, sound familiar?)

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Crash: The Movie is unwatchable...

    by thenatureboy

    There, I said it.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    You'd thin this would be painful for the extras

    by drewlicious

    For a lot of them being in this show would be like art imitating life, only in this case the two converge.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Crash: The Dave Matthews Band CD is Unlistenable

    by tonagan

    Not really, but we're on a roll.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Snowcrash: the novel is unreadable

    by odo19

    I actually never finished it, but what the Hell? It has Crash in the title.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Crash Davis is incorrigible

    by jim

    But Susan Sarandon still fell for him.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Crash bandicoot: the videogame is unplayable...

    by odo19

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Crash: the cymbal is unhittable

    by KirkLazarus

    I might check this show out.

  • April 7, 2009, 5:45 a.m. CST

    this TB made me lol

    by The Amazing G