The pay cabler has canceled “Party Down” after two seasons. Also given the ax: “Gravity.”
Here’s what Starz said in a statement:
“After careful consideration, we’ve decided not to continue on with subsequent seasons of Party Down and Gravity,” says Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president of programming for Starz Entertainment. “We’re grateful to everyone involved in the shows, and are proud to have had them on the channel. Starz remains committed to aggressively expanding our original programming lineup.”
Both shows were already in the Starz pipeline — or in “Party Down’s” case, already on the air — when Chris Albrecht arrived and began giving the channel a major programming makeover.
“Party Down” had plenty of critic buzz — and even just landed a TV Critics Assn. nomination for outstanding comedy. But the show didn’t garner what Starz really needs — viewers. The show’s finale last week averaged just 74,000 viewers. Yikes.
It also didn’t help that “Party Down” stars weren’t locked into the show — and kept leaving for bigger pastures. Season one star Jane Lynch moved on to bigger fame on “Glee,” while star Adam Scott — who’s also a producer — is now a regular on “Parks and Recreation.
Starz Media produced the show, which comes from exec producers Rob Thomas, John Enbom, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge. Show stars Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Lizzy Caplan and Megan Mullally.
“Gravity,” meanwhile, centered on a group of people contemplating suicide. The dark comedy came from EPs Jill Franklyn, Dan Pasternack and Eric Schaeffer.
Show starred Robyn Cohen, Rachel Hunter, James Martinez, Seth Numrich, Ving Rhames, Krysten Ritter, Eric Schaeffer and Ivan Sergei.
Busy Albrecht has a host of projects in the works at Starz — including the U.S. adaptation of “Torchwood,” which has been ordered to series, as has the sequel to “Spartacus.” Also picked up: “World Without End.” Other titles in the works include “Blackrock,” “Camelot,” “Insatiable,” “Men of the Dusk,” “Peace Keeping,” “Waterloo” and “William the Conqueror.”
Meanwhile, “Party Down” star Martin Starr is, um, not too pleased with Starz’s decision: