Starz Caters a 'Veronica Mars' Reunion

Fans still mourning the loss of "Veronica Mars" might want to figure out where Starz is on their cable systems.

The cable channel isn't reviving the series or anything, but it at least has reunited creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell. The actress will guest star in "Party Down," a new comedy that Thomas is executive producing for Starz. It premieres Friday, March 20, and Bell will appear in the show's season finale in May.

"I couldn't be any more excited about working with Kristen again," Thomas says. "Her role in 'Party Down' is the first that we've written for a specific actor. Too often women and guest stars get stuck playing the straight man in comedies, but I think [fellow exec producer and 'Mars' alum John Enbom] created a character worthy of Kristen's significant comedic talents."

"Party Down" follows the crew at Party Down Catering, a group of would-be actors and other misfits who pay the bills by working events ranging from a the sweet 16 party for a movie mogul to an adult-film awards after party. In the finale, Bell will play a former Party Down employee who's now the head of a rival catering team and encounters her former colleagues when both crews work a big event.

The show's cast includes a pair of "Veronica Mars" alumni, Ken Marino and Ryan Hansen, along with Jane Lynch ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin"), Lizzy Caplan ("True Blood," "The Class"), Adam Scott ("Tell Me You Love Me") and Martin Starr ("Freaks and Geeks," "Knocked Up").

In addition to Bell, Thomas and Co. have also recruited a number of familiar faces from "Veronica Mars" as guest stars, including Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Daran Norris and Alona Tal.