When waiting to see if this show would be picked up for a third season, Adam Scott left the show for the part of Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation (2009). Although Rob Thomas said they would have continued the show without Adam Scott, this show was ultimately cancelled.
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Original plans for the show in the early 2000s were to feature Paul Rudd as Henry, Steve Carell as Ron, and Jane Lynch,but negotiations with networks were unsuccessful at the time. After Veronica Mars (2004) was cancelled, Creator Rob Thomas decided to bring the project back and shoot an unaired pilot at his house with a revised cast. This cast was kept when the show actually went into production, with the exception of Andrea Savage, who played Casey Klein in the unaired pilot, while Lizzy Caplan was cast when the show went into actual production. Savage guest starred on the show's second season, playing a former comedian who befriends Casey, and gives her some advice for her career.
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This show has an extremely strong connection to Veronica Mars (2004). This show's creator Rob Thomas was the creator of "Mars"; Creator John Enbom was a Producer on "Mars", Creator Dan Etheridge was a writer on "Mars", and Creator Paul Rudd was a guest star on "Mars". Salvador Pérez, Jr. was a Costume Designer, Daniel Gabbe an Editor, and Josh Kramon a Composer on both shows. "Party" regular Ryan Hansen was also a "Mars" regular. "Party" regulars Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, and Adam Scott were "Mars" guest stars, Ken Marino in a recurring role. "Party" guest stars Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, and Kristen Bell (Veronica) were all "Mars" regulars. "Party" guest stars Daran Norris, Alona Tal, Steve Guttenberg, Ryan Devlin, Martin Yu, Adam Bitterman, Kathleen Parker, Michael Kostroff and Ed Begley, Jr. were also recurring on "Mars", and "Party" guest stars Joey Lauren Adams, Jackie Debatin, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Lee Weaver, Scott Michael Morgan, Todd Christian Hunter, and Ryan Pinkston were also "Mars" guest stars.
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Henry Pollard's backstory about being an actor with an obnoxious party animal character whose catchphrase was "Are we having fun yet?!" mimics Ken Marino's (Ron Donald's) real-life experience playing party animal character Louie on The State (1993), whose catchphrase was "I wanna dip my balls in it!"
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Adam Scott worked on this show in season 2 with Megan Mullally, and left to work with her real-life husband, Nick Offerman, on Parks and Recreation (2009).
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Ken Marino (Ron Donald) also appeared in Veronica Mars (2004), Veronica Mars (2014), Play It Again, Dick (2014), Play It Again, Dick (2014), and the iZombie (2015) episodes, iZombie: Dead Beat (2016) & iZombie: Spanking the Zombie (2017). Rob Thomas created all five productions (including Party Down..
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Ryan Hansen was a regular in Veronica Mars (2004) (Dick Casablancas), Play It Again, Dick (2014) (Dick Casablancas, and the film, Veronica Mars (2014). He also appeared in an iZombie (2015) episode, iZombie: Flight of the Living Dead (2015) (Carson McComb). All shows, as well as Party Down, were created by Rob Thomas.
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