• Party Down with Hulu: Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Ken Marino and more headed to popular streaming service

    Third-place online streaming service Hulu continues to make monstrous moves in order to attract subscribers to its premium streaming service Hulu Plus. In its latest spending grab, Hulu Plus has obtained exclusive streaming rights to defunct Starz comedy series Party Down. The cult comedy lasted two seasons on Starz when the network decided to not order a third season. The show was beloved by critics and fans yet mysteriously unwatched

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    Seth MacFarlane, Patrick Stewart, Bored to Death’s Jonathan Ames’ Starz comedy Blunt Talk gets two seasons

    Seth MacFarlane has sold yet another comedy idea. Starz has ordered two seasons of Blunt Talk from the Family Guy creator. The show will be penned by Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) and star X-Men’s Patrick Stewart. Stewart will play a British newscaster who comes to America to conquer cable news. The unusual two-season commitment from Starz orders 20 episodes. In addition to his hit series Family Guy and American

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    Starz launches premium YouTube comedy channel with three original shows

    Premium cable channel Starz is attempting to become a serious competitor in the online comedy programming game with the announcement of its new YouTube channel, Union Pool. Attempting to compete with the growing popularity of comedy web series on the number one video site, Union Pool is launching with three original series. One show is called, Tvoovies an animated mash-up of TV shows and movie spoofs, such as, Jurassic Parks

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    Darryl Lenox turns pain into laughs on new stand-up special and album ‘Blind Ambition’ (Video)

    One of the most important things a good comedian can do is turn personal pain into artful laughs. And few comedians do it better than Las Vegas-born Darryl Lenox. His latest project Blind Ambition proves to be an amazingly funny testament to that. The stand-up special, anchored by a series of stories and jokes centered around his severely impaired eyesight, premiered on Starz recently and will air again Nov. 26

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    Megan Mullally says the Party Down movie is proceeding

    Party Down fans can hold on to their hopes for a movie based on the beloved, gone-too-soon Starz series, according to cast member Megan Mullally. On the most recent Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast, Mullally gave the listeners a progress report on the status of the movie even though, as she explains, she got in trouble “the last time” she decided to talk about it. “We’re shooting for next hiatus, which

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    Party Down star Lizzy Caplan headed to Showtime for ‘Masters of Sex’

    Showtime has recruited Party Down star Lizzy Caplan for Masters of Sex, an upcoming series based on the book by Thomas Maier. Masters of Sex chronicles the lives of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who became pioneers in the study of human sexuality in the 1960s. The award-winning Maier wrote the well-received book in 2009 and talk of the Showtime series began last month. Caplan is set to play Virginia

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    Megan Mullally reveals details about the Party Down movie

    Every day we get a little bit closer to the reality of another fantastic, cancelled-too-soon television show making its return on the big screen. Arrested Development, anyone? Fans of the two short seasons of Party Down were excited to hear that a movie was being planned, bringing everyone’s favorite cater waiters back for some more fun. Season two actress Megan Mullally recently addressed reporters at the Television Critics Association winter

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    Party Down’s Lizzy Caplan joins Zooey Deschanel in “New Girl”

    Fox’s New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel is a huge hit, but apparently one hipster dream girl at a time isn’t enough for some viewers. The show is bringing in Party Down’s Lizzy Caplan for three episodes. Caplan will guest star as Julia Baker, a new love interest for bartender Nick Miller—played by Jake Johnson—who has been struggling to get over a breakup. Julia is highly educated and refined (as opposed

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    “Party Down” movie talks progressing nicely, says show creator Rob Thomas

    photo by Jack Plunkett

    Dear reader: I learned two things in the past few days. First, if I didn’t already love the prematurely canceled Starz program Party Down, this past weekend confirmed it. Second, we all must cross our fingers for the Party Down movie talks to continue to go well so they can begin filming next spring. Seriously. My beloved Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin

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    Martin Lawrence stand-up comedy series back for fifth season

    Starz’ Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up has been renewed for a fifth season. Lawrence has pegged comedian Sheryl Underwood to host, replacing Doug Williams, who now work behind the scenes as an executive producer. Comedians set to perform include Deon Cole, Sandra Bernhard, Roz G, Chocolate, Ian Edwards and Damon Williams. The new episodes will tape from May 13-16 in front of a live audience at the Chicago Theatre.

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    Starz documentary highlights stand-ups on the big screen

    They say the days of success in stand-up leading to big time deals could be on the decline. However, Comics on Screen, a new documentary airing on the Starz network, tells the stories of a handful of comedians who got their lucky breaks in Hollywood through live comedy. The film features interviews with Tim Allen, Dane Cook, George Lopez, Rosie O’Donnell, Cedric the Entertainer, and many others. It premiered September.

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    Doug Williams: Standing up for comedy

    With the success of the third season of Starz’ First Amendment Stand-up, produced by Martin Lawrence, show host and veteran comedian Doug Williams is on the verge of a career breakthrough. For the past eight years, the country has been steeped in military quagmires, a flailing economy, and gas prices higher than the executive board members of the Cheech and Chong fanclub. Even the most truly American of ideals, the

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