Picks and Pans Review: Party Down

updated 03/30/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/30/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Party Down—and why not? This new series comes from Rob Thomas, creator of the late, great Veronica Mars, and it stars an excellent cast of highly recognizable second bananas whose names you may not know, including Ken Marino and Jane Lynch. Party is a loose, silly comedy about an L.A. catering company staffed by people with the sensitive egos that come of marginal show-business careers (one guy lives in dread of being recognized from his one success, a beer commercial). They also conspicuously lack any sense of boundaries—or any sense, period. Marino, as the head of the group, asks a hostess to fill out the customer-satisfaction survey hours before the party. The show is like a milder Reno 911!, with crudités instead of cops.

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