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The last party for ‘Party Down’

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If there’s a special spot in TV heaven reserved for cult series beloved by critics but watched by almost no one else, ‘Party Down’ is resting there now.

The dark comedy about a catering company staffed by Hollywood screw-ups and has-beens had a great pedigree, with ‘Veronica Mars’ creator Rob Thomas at the top and terrific actors like Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr and Megan Mulally in the cast. Alas, the Starz network canceled it this year after two 10-episode seasons.

But for local fans of the show, there is a way to ease the pain: Sister blog Brand X speaks to the producers and cast, and tips us off to a ‘Party Down’ memorial service this Sunday at Cinefamily, where the show’s entire run will be screened in the company of creators and cast.

There’s also this little oral history of ‘Party Down,’ a series that now joins a lineage of smart comedies (‘Freaks and Geeks,’ ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Wonderfalls’ -- what did I miss?) that couldn’t find a sizable enough audience to survive but left a mark anyway.

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-- Joy Press

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