'Party Down': Megan Mullally keeps things jumping
Happily, however, as the cult hit returns for its second season on Friday, April 23, "Party Down" is still party central for fans of sophisticated comedy, thanks to its newest cast member, two-time Emmy winner Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace"), who joins the show as ditsy cater waitress Lydia Dunfree.
"She's just moved to Hollywood from the Midwest, and she's pretty clueless," Mullally says. "She's extremely eager and very earnest and naive but determined to make things work for her daughter, Escapade, who is going to be a star."
As the new season opens, erstwhile actor Henry Pollard (Adam Scott, also now a producer) has taken the reins as manager of the catering company, since his former boss, Ron McDonald (Ken Marino), left to fulfill his dream of opening a Soup R' Crackers franchise. Unfortunately, the economic downturn crushed Ron's Crackers, so he returns, bitter and not even close to sober, to toil as a waiter. Further complicating Henry's life is the return of ex-girlfriend Casey Klein (Lizzy Caplan) from a stint doing stand-up on a cruise ship, forcing the pair to re-evaluate exactly how they feel about each other.
Indirectly, it was Scott who put "Party Down" on Mullally's radar screen, since both actors share the same manager. Even then, Mullally says, she was decidedly skeptical at first.
"I'm like, 'There's a comedy on Starz, and it's really good?' " Mullally recalls. "So I put it on my