The party is over for “Party Down.”
The critically acclaimed but lightly watched comedy, which just ended its second season, won’t be coming back for a third, Starz announced Wednesday (June 30). The cable channel has also dropped “Party Down’s” Friday-night companion, “Gravity.”
“After careful consideration, we’ve decided not to continue on with subsequent seasons of ‘Party Down’ and ‘Gravity,'” Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president of programming for Starz Entertainment, says in a statement. “We’re grateful to everyone involved in the shows, and are proud to have had them on the channel. Starz remains committed to aggressively expanding our original programming lineup.”
Though its fans are not happy — mourning cries are plentiful on Twitter — “Party Down’s” cancellation wasn’t a huge surprise. The show didn’t have any deal in place beyond this season, and star (and producer) Adam Scott recently became a regular on “Parks and Recreation.” Starz has also leaned more toward drama projects in its recent development, joining the BBC to co-produce a new season of “Torchwood” and buying the rights to an Australian crime drama called “Underbelly.”
“Party Down” is nominated for a Television Critics Association best comedy series and has an outside shot at an Emmy nomination next week.