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Ken Marino and Adam Scott on How ‘Party Down’ Changed Their Careers



Ken Marino credit his pal Adam Scott for making the unlikely and sudden “Party Down” revival a actuality. “Adam helped guide this and make this happen in a real way,” he tells Selection’s Awards Circuit podcast. “I think everybody in that cast recognized how special it was, and to just kind of go back and to get to do some more, to be with these people again, creatively, it’s a real gift.”

The primary two seasons of “Party Down” aired on Starz in 2009 and 2010; the revival takes place a decade after the present’s final episode and options the returns of Marino as Ron, the marginally clueless catering supervisor who now owns the enterprise — properly, working it out of his van — and Scott as Henry, the sardonic failed actor who’s now a trainer and dealing on the aspect with Social gathering Down to assist pay for his alimony.

Additionally again is showrunner John Enbom, who’s government producing together with fellow “Party Down” alyms Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars”), Paul Rudd (“Ant-Man”), Dan Etheridge (“iZombie”) and Scott.

Selection’s Awards Circuit Podcast just lately sat down with Scott and Marino to speak in regards to the revival, together with whether or not we’ll get extra episodes past this bonus six. However we additionally went in a number of instructions with the dialog – together with Marino’s aspect musical challenge, the story behind how these two buddies met, scoop on the brand new season of Scott’s present sequence, “Severance” (spoiler alert: there’s no scoop) and a lot extra.

Additionally on this episode: the Awards Circuit Roundtable appears at what has occurred to date with the writers strike, and the way it has already impacted Emmy season. Hear under!

“It was hard to believe it was actually happening,” Scott says of the return of “Party Down.” “And we had a bunch of COVID close calls where it almost didn’t., we had like a case and then another case. And if we had one more positive case come in, the whole thing was going to be canceled, because we were going to run out of time with the cast. We had a six-week window with this particular group of people. When we were finally on set, me and Ken started doing a Ron/Henry scene, where he’s showing me his van. That was the first thing we shot and I was like, ‘I can’t believe we’re doing this.’ It was great. And the same vibe. That’s something that I love about the revival is it looks and feels the same.”

Scott mentioned “Party Down” was the primary present he starred in that he felt was one thing particular — and it led to his string of success after that, together with “Parks and Recreation,” “Big Little Lies” and “Severance.” “I think that when you have an experience like that, you’re sort of chasing that for the rest of time,” he says. “I hadn’t had an experience like that before. It’s rare. But it also sets a new standard for yourself. Not only ‘this is what I should be doing,’ but that ‘this is what I deserve. I can contribute to something that’s really good.’ It’s so easy to sell yourself short after being kind of swatted down for 15 or so years in showbiz. To sort of start believing that you don’t deserve quality things, that you should take whatever you can get. For me, [‘Party Down’] certainly showed me that I should be seeking out things that make me feel good.”

Marino and Scott additionally reminisced about how they first met:

MARINO: This could be the one of many first instances we met. We met by Paul [Rudd]. I believe we went to some costume events again within the day. Rob Thomas’s Halloween events.

SCOTT: That was like, 2001, 2002.

MARINO: And I had I simply purchased my first residence. I had no furnishings within the place. And also you and Paul and Joe Lo Truglio came to visit and watched the Tremendous Bowl. And I do not forget that.

SCOTT: That was 2003. Tremendous Bowl January 2003. My spouse Naomi was working at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.’ So [you and I] drove all the way down to the Kimmel present for his first present. That’s the primary time we actually frolicked. That Tremendous Bowl Sunday.

MARINO: My private headline is I met my spouse at Kimmel, at that premiere present. We began courting, I met her and we frolicked that night time and we watched Coldplay collectively. We sat on the entrance little steps there as a result of they performed on Hollywood Boulevard.

And the duo recall the origins story of “Party Down,” which occurred after “Veronica Mars” was canceled, and Thomas determined to pursue the “Party Down” script that he had been growing with Enbom and the others.

”Veronica Mars’ bought canceled, so Rob was like, ‘I need to simply make the pilot,’” Scott remembers. “He got Ken, me, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen and there were some people in other roles, like Andrea Savage was playing Lizzy [Caplan’s]  role. And we just made a homemade pilot in Rob’s backyard. And then it was a year and a half, two years later, that Starz picked it up. But that first homemade pilot, which I have not seen since, we just made this homemade thing. And then Starz was interested and picked it up.”

Selection’s “Awards Circuit” podcast, produced by Michael Schneider, is your one-stop hear for full of life conversations about the very best in movie and tv. Every week “Awards Circuit” options interviews with high movie and TV expertise and creatives; discussions and debates about awards races and business headlines; and far more. Subscribe by way of Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever you obtain podcasts. New episodes put up weekly.

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