Party Down

Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Party Down’ Comes to Hulu, Lifetime Orders ‘The Omen’ Series

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Malcolm Gladwell’s medical drama, Lifetime’s The Omen sequel, and Animal Planet’s animal birth Labor Day marathon — what the hell is going on with TV? … Read More

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Why the Hell Does ‘Modern Family’ Keep Winning the Best Comedy Emmy?

There are certain traditions that we can count on in popular culture. Super Bowl parties. Oscar red carpet gawking. Beyoncé idolatry. MTV VMA hand-wringing. And every year, when the Primetime Emmys hand out their award for Outstanding Comedy Series, you can reliably depend on a nation of television viewers slapping their foreheads, gritting their teeth, and growling, “Jesus Christ, Modern Family AGAIN?!” And last night, as reliably as Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, ABC’s family sitcom won the prize for the fifth straight year. It has won every year it’s been on the air. Why, oh why, does this keep happening? … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: Adam Scott Doesn’t Want a ‘Party Down’ Movie

At the beginning of A.C.O.D., the new comedy from director Stu Zicherman, Carter (Adam Scott) has, in his words, “kinda got it figured out.” His parents, who divorced when he was a kid (the title stands for “Adult Child of Divorce”), haven’t spoken in 20 years, and it’s working out fine for everyone; Carter deals with them as he needs to, keeps them far apart, and as a result, they’re in “a period of real calm.” But that all comes to an end when his brother (Clark Duke) gets engaged. Suddenly, the parents (played, uproariously, by Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins) have to interact. … Read More

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10 Long-Awaited Cult Movie Projects We’d Like to See Kickstarted

After five years of “what ifs” and “maybes” and “we’d like tos” and various other forms and hemming and/or hawing, the feature film follow-up to the much-beloved, low-rated TV masterpiece (I do not throw that word around lightly!) Veronica Mars is finally really going to happen — thanks to a studio-approved Kickstarter campaign to raise preliminary funds that pretty much wildly exceeded anyone’s expectations. Of course, any silver cloud must have a gray lining, and the project’s tricky intermingling with the kind of Faceless Bad Corporation the platform was ostensibly created to circumvent has already prompted plenty of hand-wringing. But the project’s remarkable Kickstarter success (it reached its goal in ten hours) is a testament to the feverish nature of the show’s fans — and is, in fact, a good way for said fans to prove to the holders of rights (and purse-strings) that they’re serious about supporting the films they’re passionate about. So, could other long-desired films adopt a similar approach? After the jump, we suggest ten more cult films that could finally find their way to the big screen by following Veronica’s lead. … Read More

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TV’s All-Time Greatest Himbos

Damn those short HBO seasons. This year’s True Blood run seems like it just started, yet we’re now only three days away from the finale. We enjoyed this season a great deal, the Vampire Authority’s internal intrigue providing a welcome break from Sookie Stackhouse’s supernatural love triangle — not to mention a surprisingly insightful commentary on what happens when church and state mingle. But one character whose development has remained fairly unexamined this season is Sookie’s brother, Jason. Originally presented as an empty-headed looker with a womanizing streak, he’s recently turned the himbo stereotype on its head. To celebrate his under-the-radar evolution (and the fact that he’s still sometimes a little too stupid for his own good), we’ve collected a selection of TV’s all-time greatest male bimbos — or “himbos” — most of whom aren’t nearly as multi-dimensional. … Read More

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Watch Ken Marino’s New Web Series ‘Burning Love’

As we all anxiously await an update on the Party Down movie, here’s a bit of consolation: Burning Love, a new web series directed by Ken Marino and written by his wife Erica Oyama that sees him briefly reuniting with former castmates Adam Scott, Ryan Hansen, Kristen Bell, and Ken Jeong (in a wig!). A hilarious send-up of reality shows like The Bachelor, Burning Love stars Marino as a sensitive fireman who’s looking for someone who can make him laugh, isn’t afraid of robots, and is possibly ethnic. From the first three episodes that debuted over the weekend, this silly series — which also features cameos by Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor, Malin Ackerman, and Michael Ian Black (who manages to out Chris Harrison Chris Harrison) — has a lot of potential. Click through to watch the possibly NSFW clips, and if find yourselves as hooked as we are, check back in every Monday and Thursday for new, bite-sized installments. … Read More

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10 Television Parties Gone Wrong

Sunday’s episode of Girls reminded us that “crack is wack.” Worlds collided at a party in Bushwick where Hannah peeled back another layer of the oddball onion that is Adam, Marnie pouted over Charlie, Jessa was Jessa, and Shoshanna required an Olympic “spirit guide.” As soon as a feathery Jessa called it the “best party ever,” it was obvious we were in for a major debacle that became blisteringly entertaining. It’s hardly the first time a television party has gone off the rails, and we wanted to revisit a few awkward and embarrassing network get-togethers to relive the mayhem. Head past the break to take a look at ten television parties gone wrong, and invite us to a few that aren’t on our list in the comments below. … Read More

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10 TV Shows That Would Make Great Theme Parties

It’s officially springtime, folks! If you’re anything like us, you may or may not have exploited the, “I can’t come out tonight, it’s too cold outside” excuse to hole up all winter and indulge in Downton Abbey and Community marathons, and now you’re ready to face the spring warmth as a social butterfly. But what should you do with the vast, invaluable TV knowledge you acquired over your Netflix hibernation period? Throw a party, of course! But not just any party — a Mad Men or Freaks and Geeks-style bash. We brought you movies and albums that would make great party themes, and now we’ve gathered ten TV shows that will similarly get the party started. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Here’s an extended sneak peek at the new episodes of Community, courtesy of Joel McHale, who debuted the footage on The Soup. Things are looking mighty dark for the Greendale Seven! The NBC comedy finally returns to the air on Thursday, March 15th at 8pm.

2. Another day, another TV musical competition.… Read More

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