If you’re a comedy nerd, Party Down was one of the best things ever. Starring Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, and Megan Mullally and written by Joh Enbom, Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), Dan Etheridge, and Paul Rudd, it was a show six years in the making. Though fans were rabid supporters, the series failed to build an audience for Starz. Mostly because, Starz? You want me to pay for Starz??
Wonderfalls was admittedly a tough sell. The series centered on a young woman who worked in a gift shop and could have conversations with animal figurines that would speak to her and guide her to help people. It originally aired on Fox, which meant it was moved all around the dial with little promotion. Thus, audiences couldn’t find it. The show was canceled after four episodes and later found a cult following when thirteen episodes were released on DVD. One of the show’s creators is Bryan Fuller, who was also responsible for two other prematurely canceled series – Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. Which are, if nothing else, adequately named.
This was Denis Leary‘s testing ground before striking gold with Rescue Me. The Job was shot in the style of other police procedurals but followed the exploits of a squad of bumbling detectives, and often lampooned the bureaucracy of police work. Like the case above where it’s discovered that a dead body was moved to their jurisdiction by another precinct who didn’t want to solve the case. Often hysterical, it sometimes came across like a documentary of police work in New York City.