In June 2010, cable channel Starz canceled Party Down after just two seasons. The critically revered but little seen show, which depicted Hollywood hopefuls working dreary day jobs for a catering company, was co-created and co-written by UT grad (and former San Antonio high school teacher) Rob Thomas.
Tonight, Thomas returns to Austin to screen the show's unaired pilot.
Shot at Thomas' house, the pilot was used to sell the show to Starz network. Besides Lizzy Caplan, the spot included the whole original cast, including Jane Lynch (who would eventually leave to join the cast of Glee) and Adam Scott (who got snatched up by Parks & Recreation).
Despite low ratings, Party Down developed a cult following and a slew of warm critical reviews. There's even a film adaptation script in the works by Thomas' collaborator John Enbom.
Hosted by the Austin Film Festival, Thomas' screening will take place at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum at 7:30 p.m.