Jane Lynch and Ken Marino Talk Returning for Season 3 of 'Party Down'
Moviefone speaks with Jane Lynch and Ken Marino about 'Party Down' Season 3. "To get to work with everybody again is a wonderful gift," said Marino.
Premiering on Starz February 24th is the long-awaited third season of the popular comedy series ‘Party Down,’ which was created by Rob Thomas (‘Veronica Mars’), Paul Rudd (‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’), John Enbom, and Dan Etheridge.
Is ‘Party Down’ coming back?
Yes! The series, which ran its first two seasons on Starz in 2009 and 2010 is returning for a six-episode revival series premiering on February 24th.
What is ‘Party Down?’
'Party Down' is a half-hour comedy that follows a Los Angeles catering company that is comprised of aspiring actors and writers as they work small-time catering gigs hoping for their big breaks. Each episode finds the company’s employees working a new event, and getting into trouble with their rich and powerful guests.
In season 3, ten years after season 2, most of the catering team have moved on, including actor/bartender Henry Pollard (Adam Scott). After a surprise reunion, the gang find themselves once again stoically enduring the procession of random parties and oddball guests all over Los Angeles.
Who is in the cast of ‘Party Down’ season 3?
‘Party Down’ season 3 stars returning cast members Adam Scott (‘Severance’) as Henry Pollard, Ken Marino (‘Masterminds’) as Ronald Wayne "Ron" Donald, Jane Lynch (‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’) as Constance Carmell, Martin Starr (‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’) as Roman DeBeers, Ryan Hansen (‘Bad Santa 2’) as Kyle Bradway, and Megan Mullally ('The Disaster Artist') as Lydia Dunfree, as well as new cast members Tyrel Jackson Williams (‘Thunder Force’) and Zoë Chao (‘The Afterparty’).
Moviefone recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jane Lynch and Ken Marino about working on the third season of ‘Party Down,’ where their characters are now, and reuniting with the rest of the cast.
You can read the full interview below or click on the video player above to watch our interviews with Lynch, Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Zoe Chao, and series co-creator John Enborn.
Moviefone: To begin with, Jane, what has Constance been up to in the decade or so since season two?
Jane Lynch: Well, when we last left Constance, she had just gotten married to a very rich old man in an episode directed by Ken Marino. He died immediately, not Ken, the guy playing my husband. Who actually, the actor did die shortly thereafter. Bless his heart. So I inherited all of his money. You saw me in fact, in the last shot (of season 2) when they say, "Your husband's dead," and all of a sudden it hits me, he may be dead, but I've got all this money. So anyway, that's what happened with my character. So when I come back, I'm loaded and happy, always happy, and glad to see my friends again.
MF: Ken, what has Ron been doing since we last saw him?
Ken Marino: Ron is just still trying to live the dream and fight through what life hands him, which is a lot of crap. He keeps going, and he pushes through. He's close to realizing his dream, but as you know, there are a lot of obstacles that he creates for himself, and get in the way. We'll see what happens.
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MF: What was it like your first day back on set with the entire cast after such a long time?
JL: Well, that's what it felt like too. I was thinking, God, am I going to be able to get back into the character? Then I get with all these guys and immediately back in.
KM: Yeah, it's a special show. And to get to work with everybody again is a wonderful gift that I didn't expect was going to happen. So when it actually did happen, I was thrilled.
MF: Jane, did you rewatch your work in the first two seasons to kind of remind you of who Constance was and how to play her now?
JL: You know what? I think I did. Usually, I'm a very lazy actor. I mean, if I learn my lines, we're lucky. But I think I actually did go back and look. I can't remember exactly doing it, but the only thing I was nervous about was would it come back? Was it really in there? And it was because I was around everybody else who was doing their thing. I think it was a relief for all of us.
MF: Finally, Ken, what did you do to get back into the role of Ron?
KM: Ron's deep in there and I don't think he ever left. So I think I've been holding him in there in hopes that we would get to do another season. And lo and behold, here we are.
Movies Similar to ‘Party Down:’
- 'Big Night' (1996)
- 'Office Space' (1999)
- 'Best in Show' (2000)
- 'A Mighty Wind' (2003)
- 'For Your Consideration' (2006)
- 'The Hangover' (2009)
- ‘Mascots' (2016)