Lizzy Caplan on the fans of Party Down, in the wake of its cancellation:
“Our fans, even though we didn’t have huge numbers, were exactly the type of people we were hoping to impress: smart and vocal and funny and almost snobby about their comedy preferences. You look at hugely-rated shows like ‘Two and a Half Men’ that get like a gazillion viewers – I have the sneaking suspicion that not one of them watches ‘Party Down.’ I think if a girl who liked ‘Party Down’ found out that her boyfriend liked ‘Two and a Half Men,’ she would break up with him. I wish we could have reached a larger audience, because more people would have seen it and we might still be on, but it always sort of felt like the appeal for our fans was that the show felt like it was theirs. It belonged to them, and they discovered it, and they told their circles of friends. It was like a secret club of people in the know.
“Of course, secret clubs don’t usually lead to TV show pick-ups.”
Yet another show that has gone long before its time. You should definitely seek this out wherever you can find it – I’m sure the two seasons will be available on DVD soon, or in the usual places online. This was definitely one of the best comedies on television in the past two years. Unfortunately, apparently nobody watched it.