Breaking: Starz cancels 'Party Down' and 'Gravity'

party-down-starzThis just in: Starz has pulled the plug on Party Down and Gravity.

The network’s executive vice president of programming, Stephan Shelanski, issued the following statement confirming the news: “After careful consideration, we’ve decided not to continue on with subsequent seasons of Party Down and Gravity. 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.”

In its two seasons on the air, Party Down became a cult hit and a critical darling. But its ratings were terrible. And losing Adam Scott to Parks and Recreation (and Jane Lynch to Glee before him) certainly didn’t boost show’s future prospects. Still, its death is a huge bummer.

The same can’t be said for Gravity, which I’m pretty sure no one watched or liked. So let’s agree to use the comments section to mourn Party Down and only Party Down. K?

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  • Topher

    Is this bad programming decision day?

    • ythu

      No these are good shows, why didn’t they cancel True Blood it is crap

      • wendy

        Beacause True blood is on HBO!! It’s a sad, sad day in TV land…WHY…Party Down was so good!!! Hello…megan mullally!!

      • TBFan

        Not to mention TB just rocks.

      • erni

        You do know that Lizzy Caplan was on True blood, Right? for half a season :D

      • gb

        Probably because True Blood is a megahit. But i am going to miss party down. Gravity was awful and morbid!

      • Partay

        I liked Party Down. I guess a little too intellectual and not enough nudity and stupidity (TB).

    • caspery

      there is a “web//site” named “black // white / Cupid” for dating or relationship, black or white singles can go there to find something sexy or beauty online !!!! ;)

      • ythu

        This site sounds better than True Blood

      • minister

        LOL ythu! It’s like True Blood w/ Cupids instead of vampires… and who knows, maybe one of the cupids could, you know, ACT.

    • AK

      In what world is canceling a show that draws under 80,000 viewers a “bad programming decision”?

    • Xander

      Yes, it is. Party Down was special. Low ratings, yes, but I found it late in the second season and watched them all! I wish it would get a third. It was a great show. About the idiots who made Gravity … when, in the first episode, a bird pooped on a guys face and he rubbed it in as a ‘cream’, I knew that show was garbage. You have to be grounded in reality. People generally aren’t happy to be ‘birded’ upon. It amazes me that people who are not talented get green-lit to make absolute garbage. It says something negative about STARZ execs that they allowed Gravity to se the light of day. And it says a lot about them that they are canceling a great show like PARTY DOWN that still might have risen above a ‘cult following’.

      • Jingo

        Gravity was a very good series. They covered main stream beliefs like the bird crap, and mixed in dark humor with a guy trying to drive off a cliff…landing on a gay cruise ship instead. If that wasn’t your kind of humor, you can stick to your honey boo boo shows.

        Gravity had a lot of “what the …” scenes, and the humor was hysterical with the actors and the relationships between the cast.

  • Topher

    Is this bad programming decision day?

    • Brad

      That’s odd I didn’t know Jane Lynch’s last name was Lunch. Hmmm.

    • ythu

      No these are good shows, why didn’t they cancel True Blood it is crap

      • wendy

        Beacause True blood is on HBO!! It’s a sad, sad day in TV land…WHY…Party Down was so good!!! Hello…megan mullally!!

      • true blood gets about 60x the ratings that party down did (4.5 million to 74,000) with incredible DVD sales. no way they’ll cancel it because ythu on ew.com dislikes it.

      • TBFan

        Not to mention TB just rocks.

      • erni

        You do know that Lizzy Caplan was on True blood, Right? for half a season :D

      • gb

        Probably because True Blood is a megahit. But i am going to miss party down. Gravity was awful and morbid!

      • Partay

        I liked Party Down. I guess a little too intellectual and not enough nudity and stupidity (TB).

    • caspery

      there is a “web//site” named “black // white / Cupid” for dating or relationship, black or white singles can go there to find something sexy or beauty online !!!! ;)

      • minister

        LOL ythu! It’s like True Blood w/ Cupids instead of vampires… and who knows, maybe one of the cupids could, you know, ACT.

      • sashay

        True Blood appeals to intelligent people that like to be entertained. Hence, it could not possibly interest morons like YTHU and Minister.

    • lorna

      poor rob thomas. as a VM fan i was hoping to start watching party down.

  • Jason

    Not cool. Need my Lizzy Caplan/Krysten Ritter fix.

  • Jason

    Not cool. Need my Lizzy Caplan/Krysten Ritter fix.

  • astello

    nnnooooo!!! i love party down. this is so depressing.

  • astello

    nnnooooo!!! i love party down. this is so depressing.

  • timelord

    goddamn it…i love party down… why do good shows get the axe and crappy procedurals on CBS run for 10 years

  • timelord

    goddamn it…i love party down… why do good shows get the axe and crappy procedurals on CBS run for 10 years

    • Barry

      Because they are better than this trash.

      • Pete

        Go f*ck yourself

      • Vikki Sixx

        Barry, hardly. You obviously have an extremely short term memory. Those procedurals are all carbon copies of each other with mediocre acting at best and rehashed storylines year after year. Party Down was the most refreshing and funniest comedy on television.

    • Tego Livi

      My question is, why do people find it impossible to mourn their favorites without trashing some other show? Only 1 procedural has run on CBS for 10 years, and it’s a good show.

      • Will

        Thank you! I hate these message boards because all it is are people trashing other shows.

      • Ashley

        Because they have nothing better to do. So they come pick fights with random strangers. How’s that for fun times?

        Meanwhile, I’m trying hard to remember wth Gravity was anyway…Off to google.

  • Kelsey

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Why! I lament the loss of Party Down! That is so sad! At least they had 2 excellent seasons of tv, and I am happy how they ended it. But still. So sad!

    • minister

      Season two (despite being better than any comedy since Arrested Development) wasn’t as good as Season One, but O My GOD “My Struggle” was fucking HILARIOUS.

      • Dan

        I totally agree. I only discovered this show a month ago on Netflix and as of 2 days ago I was showing it to every single person I knew. Then, Starz took it off.I can’t imagine that its costing the show money to have it on Netflix, right? So does anyone know what the hell they were thinking/where to find episodes now?

  • Kelsey

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Why! I lament the loss of Party Down! That is so sad! At least they had 2 excellent seasons of tv, and I am happy how they ended it. But still. So sad!

    • minister

      Season two (despite being better than any comedy since Arrested Development) wasn’t as good as Season One, but O My GOD “My Struggle” was fucking HILARIOUS.

  • Cali

    No!! Party Down is so good! More great shows being canceled before their time!

  • Cali

    No!! Party Down is so good! More great shows being canceled before their time!

  • sadie

    wtf party down is so good!

  • sadie

    wtf party down is so good!

  • Mikki

    Been nice knowing you Starz. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out of my cable box…

    • Dave

      Agreed, the only reason I ever think about Starz is because of Party Down, loved it.

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