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The Party’s Over — Starz (stupidly) Cancels “Party Down”

Posted in I Heart Funny Fellas, I Heart Funny Femmes, Star F*#ker, Technicolor Pop, TV, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by alphabetfiend

My highschool sweetheart worked for a catering company during the four years we were together, which means he used to come home stinking like prime beef and twice-baked potatoes, looking EXACTLY like the cast of “Party Down.” Same white shirt, same black pants, same pink bow-tie. I’d lie in bed watching for his headlights on my ceiling, exhaling as he pulled into the driveway. We had only a few stolen moments before he’d be expected home, just long enough for a quick whiff of that bow-tied nape and crusty shirt. Mmmm. That catering job afforded him many opportunities for romance. 

While cleaning up, he’d sometimes pocket discarded wedding favors or sachets of hershey kisses. I’d ooh and ahh as though I’d always yearned for my very own ceramic swan-couple, dual necks curving into a heart.  One night he called to say he hadn’t had time to stop by and could I please bring his shoes in from the porch because it was raining and surely they’d smell like ass if left in the rain? Disappointed, grumbly and thinking “Those shoes already smell like ass,” I wound down the dark stairs. There, on the covered porch, with the rain pelting the eaves, was at least a dozen different flower arrangements in creamy shades of peach & pink. In the spirit of young love, the bride had gifted them to my beau. He’d coasted into my drive with his lights off, knowing my tendency to watch the ceiling, and had carried them on tip-toe to the porch. How, I don’t know! It took me nearly an hour to drag them all inside. In the morning my younger siblings were amazed at the almost funereal floral display, certain I must be a princess with my very own prince.

I sooo wanted to write an episode of “Party Down,” recreating that moment of recycled romance, but that will never happen now thanks to stupid stupid Starz execs. 

Starz has cancelled the clever show about pink-collar workers.

It’s kind of infuriating actually, not just because I’ll never get to try my hand at that script, but because it was a good show with a great cast and endless possibilities. Cast members could come and go and yet it made perfect sense because the service industry is like that. Each episode featured a different catered event there were amazing opportunities for cameos or guest-star turns.

The cast was a hilarious ensemble of comedic talent:

* Megan Mullally (pill-popping Karen from Will & Grace)

*Jane Lynch (Sue the lunatic cheerleading coach on Glee; Joyce the love-lorn lesbo lawyer on L-Word.)

*You probably recognized Ken Marino from funny projects like Reno 911, Stella and The State (as well as will-act-for-food gigs on Angel, Charmed or Dawson’s Creek.)

*I really liked Casey’s Lizzy Caplan in a short-lived sitcom called The Class but you’re more likely to remember the actress  from Alan Ball’s HBO vampire hit True Blood — Caplan played Amy, the crazy cracky nut-job who dated Jason (Sookie’s bro) and couldn’t get enough vamp-blood.

*The always goofy Jennifer Coolidge who went through various transformations — and monikers — on Nip/Tuck.

*Kristen Bell (Heroes, Veronica Mars)

*The funny-as-shit Ken Jeong (Community, the movie Hang-over and Million Dollar Strong, Jeong’s hip hop project with Mike O’Connell.)

*Perhaps most exciting of all, Martin Starr is all grown up since his days as the terminally nerdy Bill in Freaks & Geeks (another BRILLIANT but canceled show which has gained cult status since its unceremonial cancellation after just one AWESOME season.)

In addition to all the talent on-screen, actor Paul Rudd was a contributing creator of “Party Down.” It’s hard to believe that Starz would cancel a show with so much critical acclaim and buzz. It’s not like the cable network has much else to offer in the way of original programming. Sure, not a lot of people were watching the show but that’s because no one had heard about it. People were finding out! Viewership would’ve increased over time. These networks expect us to have patience as they present new programming but they have no patience themselves. It’s no wonder that more and more people are waiting to watch stuff on DVD or Hulu rather than subject themselves to some new un-proven show on primetime or risk falling for a mystery-riddled drama that will only be canceled before the mystery’s been solved (Flash Forward, Happy Town.)

Grr. They did two seasons of Party Down so if you haven’t seen all or any, you still have some partying to do. May I offer you a couple of tasty hordeurves?

“When I’m in nature I usually drop a cap,” featuring Jennifer Coolidge

“It’s not fate, it’s a mistake” with Martin Starr (It’s Bill from Freaks & Geeks, only BIG!)

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Reno Hotties Hit Prime Time

Posted in I Heart Funny Femmes, Technicolor Pop, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2008 by alphabetfiend

Two of the sexy bitches from Reno 911 have recently done guest star turns in prime time TV shows.

Wendi Mclendon-Covey (she plays Deputy Clementine Johnson on Reno) did a perfect turn as a swinger wife on the new sitcom “Kath & Kim.”

Kerri Kenney (she plays Deputy Trudy Wiegel on Reno) was was barely recognizable as a glam magician’s assistant on “Pushing Daisies.”  (see photo below.)

Kerri Kenney looking perty (far left)

Kerri Kenney looking perty (far left)

“Pushing Daisies” is in trouble and has probably had its head lopped off (yep, it’s been canceled, it’s official) which made it hard to enjoy the last few episodes even though they were pretty delish. The show is by the same people who did the short-lived but masterful “Wonder Falls” and like “Wonder Falls,”  Pushing Daisies proved to be too quirky for the average viewer. Pushing Daisies is visually stunning  and better than most things out there, although it can be a tad too gimmicky and scooby-doo episodic.  Still, it was getting better and I hate to see it go. (Oh! Swoosie Kurtz is AMAZING as a mermaid in a jeweled eye-patch. Ah. Freak Love.)  As a magical realism lit-fiction writer, I’m excited by every failed attempt to bring magical realism to TV.  The charming episode where Kerri Kenney is the assistant to The Great Herman (Fred Williard was awesome!) was probably one of the last episodes we’ll ever see of Pushing Daisies. She rocked it!  I wish I had a clip but I’ve looked and can’t locate one. You can only see her briefly in this promo for the episode called “Oh Oh It’s Magic!”

Kath & Kim — based on a successful Australian comedy of the same name — is probably in some trouble of its own. Starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as mall worshippers engrossed in popular culture and not much else, Kath & Kim is oddly endearing and definitely grows on you. I love dorks so I really love this show with the dorkiest romance ever between Kath Day and Phil Night. (Knight?) It just goes to show that the harder you try to be cool the more you miss the mark. I love Molly Shannon and want the show to do well but I worry cause it’s pretty weird. In the episode “Friends” (which aired December 11th) Kath & Phil throw a Christmas party and invite people they barely know. Wendi Mclendon-Covey was small town dreamy as wife to a mall security guard. Loved it! See Mclendon-Covey in an NBC clip. 

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Technically all three of the original Reno ladies have been on prime time in the last 6 months or so. Niecy Nash — the hardest working woman in show biz — was on that horrible sitcom about the hotel. But that sucked too much to count. Nash shines as Deputy Raineesha Williams though.

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