At the age of 15, I started working as a waitress, making vinaigrette per gallon and answering phones. I was desperate to be a part of the army. of the cater-waiters, the older kids whose driver’s licenses allowed them to pilot a van full of Chafing food to extravagant fetes at large. Forbidden houses were they could sneak wine into medicine cabinets.
“Party Down,” This comedy series is about a Los Angeles-based catering staff. of Who have Hollywood ambitions they don’t realize. The original series ran from 2009 through 2010. This week, it returns for the long-awaited 3rd season. If you didn’t watch the show, you have plenty of time to catch up on its original run before Friday’s premiere.
I didn’t have to revisit the old episodes because I’ve been rewatching them regularly since the show went off the air. It’s not only that they scratch my unrealized catering itch (I was fired before my ship came in), but also that “Party Down” The most trusted type of Comfort TV.
I’d like to be enrolled in a course which uses this. “Party Down” Cast as its basis, which traces career paths of Each cast member comes up with a comprehensive thesis about state of Comedy in 21st-century comedy. (I don’t know what that thesis is; I’ll leave it to the professor.)
We’d begin with the Adam Scott unit, watching “Parks and Recreation” “Severance.” Jane Lynch would be a good candidate for our attention. “Glee,” The show she quit for “Party Down.” The Ken Marino part of The semester will include “Childrens Hospital” “The Other Two.”
I haven’t gotten to Megan Mullally, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen and Lizzy Caplan — this might be a two-semester course, maybe an entire major. Most astoundingly, I have managed to get through most of them. of The original cast is back for season 2. Caplan was busy filming “Fleishman Is in Trouble.”)
My colleague Alexis Soloski described the show’s appeal perfectly: “It has the DNA of a workplace comedy in that it brings together people who would never know each other otherwise. But it’s also a hangout comedy in that the waiters work as little as possible. Because each episode takes place at a different party, it avoids the stasis, visual and otherwise, that workplace comedies induce. In just 20-odd minutes, the writers create an entire small world.”
It’s a world to which I’m excited to return.
Rolling Stone how the revival came to be.
“He has this understanding of how strange it is to be normal,” Alexis received this profile from Ben Stiller of Adam Scott.
“Try cooking 1,400 lamb chops to a perfect medium-rare at the same time, using nothing but sheet pans, Sterno and an upright aluminum cabinet on wheels called a hot box.” Here’s a glimpse into the future starting in 2019. of catering.
📺 “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” (Friday): The past few years of months, Netflix has debuted two big sports documentary series — “Full Swing,” About golf “Break Point,” Tennis. They both sit in shadow of the streaming service’s big kahuna, this hit about F1 drivers entering its fifth season. An editor was available to answer my questions. The Times’s Culture desk why she likes the show, she said: “It’s like a sports reality show that’s absolutely perfect. There are clear villains and everyone is beautiful and very rich.”
📚 “Oscar Wars: A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears” (Tuesday): When it comes to the Academy Awards, some years are memorable for what happens at the ceremony (see: last year’s slap) and some find their drama in behind-the-scenes shenanigans. Michael Schulman’s book, A Proven Profiler. of Celebrities The New Yorker gives us stories of both, and in time for this year’s Oscars, which air March 12.
RECIPE OF THOUGHTS
Stew with Herbed White Beans and Sausage
The The best protection against February blahs? A pot of Something savory simmering over the stove. My preference is for something to simmer on the stove as long as possible. of Garlic and herbs This is my recipe herbed white bean and sausage stewMade with dried, unsoaked Great Northern Beans, sweet Italian sausage (pork and turkey) and lots of other things of vegetables takes upward of The perfect velvety texture takes at least two hours. But it’s passive time: Inhale the aromatic, meaty steam while doing something else entirely. Next, place the mixture in large bowls. To cut down the richness of the flavor, serve it with sharply chopped salad greens.
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GAME OF THE WEEKEND
N.B.A. 3-point contest: The Highlight of N.B.A. All-Star Weekend once featured the slam-dunk competition, an exciting combination of Athletic creativity combined with crowd-pleasing spectacle. The participants in the contest have become more mysterious over recent years. Try the 3-point contest for star power. Stars such as Jayson Tatum, Damian Lillard, and others will be competing against one another. of the league’s best young players. TNT at 8:05 p.m. Eastern Tonight