Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Seeing Starz

Given my deep disdain for the interminably annoying Alexandra Wentworth, I have purposefully avoided original programming from the underdog Starz cable network, figuring that if they'd give her a show ("Head Case"), then I want no part of what they're offering. But in a nod to the world of advertising, a poster for the heavily promoted series "Party Down" finally caught my eye the other night, so I watched the two episodes from this season and became instantly hooked (who doesn't still love seeing a shirtless Steve Guttenberg?!). I immediately recognized Adam Scott who played Palek in the shouldn't-have-been-canceled HBO drearfest "Tell Me You Love Me," but couldn't place the hilarious "new chick" on the catering squad with the flat, nasally accent.

Turns out it was Megan Mullally, proving you can play a completely different character even if you are really well-known for playing someone else if you ... are talented. ("Thanks, Ted.") With John Enborn, Dan Etheridge and Rob Thomas of "Veronica Mars" fame plus the hilarious Paul Rudd as creators and writers on the show -- who knew? -- it makes sense that it's so great. Now I'm kicking myself for not watching Season 1, which apparently featured a pre-"Glee" Jane Lynch. (WHY isn't this available On-Demand, Starz? I'm demanding!!!)

Now does this mean I should check out the network's upcoming suicide-support-group show, "Gravity"? I'm pretty sure I saw my guy Ivan Sergei (of "The Opposite of Sex" and "Jack & Jill" fame) in the commercial ...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kenneth, the first season is available on DVD at Target - around $20.

Chuck said...

Tried to watch season one on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and couldn't get through the first episode. Maybe I'll jump straight to the second season and give it another shot.

Anonymous said...

Netflix has it available for streaming.

Anonymous said...

Season 1 is available on demand in the Somerville, MA RCN network. You just have to go through the Starz original programming menu.

Sean said...

Checkout your girl Debbie Harry singing The Rainbow Connection with Kermit the Frog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRvhRhWWE44

JamesK144 said...

Party Down absolutely Rocks! Painfully funny!

Soulsearcher said...

Kenneth, I just stumbled across Party Down on Fancast.com. You'll need to sign up for a free membership, but otherwise, no strings attached.

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