In this new era of television, a series that was ahead of its time in comedy and unfairly dropped more than a decade ago is making a triumphant and celebrated comeback. From Starz and the original writer, John Embom, Festival Down is returning with a very the long awaited season 3. Reuniting nearly all of the original lineup—a group of familiar faces today—fans can once again pick it up. Adam ScottThirteen years since we left Henry Pollard and friends. We are talking Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen, Megan Mullallyand Martin Starrwhose recent roles include Paramount+ King of Tulsa, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on Netflix, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Much like its genius premise so many years ago, Season 3 brings us back to the Party Down catering service. Most of the crew have left the party, except for Ron Donald (Marino) and Roman (Starr) who are now praying and exiting the van. However, circumstances and fate have conspired, and Henry, a divorcee, has unwillingly returned to the fray. Others, like Lydia (Mullally) and Constance (Lynch), are past their hosting days, though they still find themselves stunned by the same events. Season 3 promises all the same heartache, heartache, and shenanigans as before, but with a bit of middle-aged, post-pandemic partying thrown in. Are we having fun yet?
Before tightening these bowties Festival Down Season 3 premieres on Starz, February 24, Collider’s Steve Weintraub He talked with Starr about the revival. During the interview, Starr shares how it feels to be back on set after several years, her hopes for Season 4 with the alum, Lizzy Caplan, and what it’s like to truck on a road trip with all his friends. Starr also discusses how the structure of the series changed with today’s television, character arcs, and what it’s like to work on it. Sylvester Stallone good King of Tulsa. For all that and more, check out the player interview above, or read the full transcript below.
COLLIDER: I want to start with congratulations for being able to do another season Festival Down. I’m a huge fan of the show. I have watched the first five episodes of season 3. I laughed like crazy. So I’ll just say congratulations.
MARTIN STARR: Thank you. Yeah, I mean honestly, that reaction is what gives me confidence that maybe the fans will feel the same way. I am very happy. That’s the biggest worry that we’ll be fired and people will be disappointed because they’ve waited so long. It’s the one thing that people come to me and say, “Are you guys doing more? Festival Down? I love Festival Down“. I said, “I hope so, man. I want to be there more than you want to see.’
So here we are. We finally did it. I hope you receive it well.
Well, my thing is that I’m a greedy SOB.
STARR: Six is not enough.
Do you think there is room for more? Was this like a one and done thing?
STARR: I hope there’s a chance for more. This is obviously not my decision to make, but hopefully if it’s well received, as we go out into the world again for Season 3, if the fanbase is there and grows a little bit, I hope we’ll be able to do a fourth. That’s the dream.
I’d be happy with 20 episodes, but I’ll take six. What I can get I definitely want to know, what was it like the night before you were getting ready to step on set for that first day of filming? You rewatched the first two seasons, were you a bit nervous going into the cinema or was it excitement?
STARR: It’s exciting for me. It’s not the nerves like when I was younger. I don’t know, I think I grew up here too, so it’s a different atmosphere. Before the first day of work, especially this one, I can’t sleep. I’m so excited to find out what’s going on. I think with other jobs there’s more anxiety because you don’t know what you’re getting into, so a day can be anything, but especially with this one, it’s just excitement, you know? I want to go back to playing with my friends, like this is the best summer camp ever.
Yeah, that didn’t answer the question, what was your question? Where am I going now?
No, no, it totally worked. So I don’t want to spoil it, but one of the first five episodes has to do with everyone taking drugs, and…
STAR: [Laughs] It’s rare that you choose that the episode Anyway, carry on.
I especially want to talk about the fact that when you read the script, everyone will be tall. Are you excited, or a little nervous because you have to stay sober while pretending to be screwed?
STARR: We be being sober? I mean, it was fun. I think it’s even funnier because it’s “The Constance Carmell Wedding” at the end of Season 2, and I’m upstairs in the bathroom writing my manuscript, and that was me. So I think there’s something more… I mean, that was fun, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something more fun about everyone going on a trip like this together. It almost feels like you’re doing mushrooms together (oops, no spoilers), but you all love to travel together. It gets funnier because you’re all exploring what that reality feels like while eating mushroom chocolates by the truckload.
How much did John make? [Enbom] They’re going to tell you about the arc, and what was going to happen before you started shooting, and how much did you know about the script?
STARR: I mean, I had a conversation with him before we started shooting, and he hinted at Roman’s evolution, and some plot teases that are really fun. I think this third season is the funnest it’s ever been, like the first two seasons it was about standalone episodes where real arcs only existed for Adam. [Scott] and Lizzy [Caplan]. That romance was the real development that happened episode by episode, but in this new season, I think we all have arcs on the same wavelength… It’s just more fun to play the character development and the story development. whole, and how they mix.
I totally agree. It’s also how different TV is from when you guys first did it Festival Down to where it is now.
STARR: Yes, it was built with a different specific formula as well. I think the structure of the show allowed for different people to come in, so if someone couldn’t make it to season 3, they should have picked us up for season three. Now, the show doesn’t exist unless we get our people back. It’s really about the crew, that’s how we have this opportunity to come back because of the success of the first two seasons. So you can’t just do it with a new group of people, I don’t think. But luckily for me, I got a call back.
And, you know, hopefully if we do another season we’ll be able to bring Lizzy back, and make it a proper reunion for everyone. Hopefully he doesn’t set a standard next season that someone else can’t, or something.
You’ve done a lot in the last 20 years. If someone has never seen anything you’ve done, what’s the first thing you want them to see, and why?
STARR: I don’t, I’d rather talk to them and have a conversation. Don’t see anything. What am I most proud of? It’s a tough question.
No, not even that. Maybe there’s a role that not enough people see and you want them to see it.
STARR: I did, one episode a year Life and pieces, and every year I had to make a very funny character there. I think I’m unknown. My friend Justin [Adler] He asked if I was going to create that show and come as a plague exterminator. I depended on the pronunciation of a certain word, where I actually got a lot of characters from, and I just played around. I like to play.
i mean, Festival Down It’s a great place for anyone to start any of our careers. A lot of spider webs of talent, opportunities, shows and movies coming from this group [are] really unbelievable, but I think so Festival Down it really is alone in a very special way for all of us.
I definitely have to say congratulations King of Tulsa.
STARR: Hey, thanks a lot. Yes, it’s crazy. I didn’t expect it to get such a following. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I guess [Sylvester] Stallone still deserves the audience he’s getting here, but I guess I wasn’t expecting it. There is so much to see now. You don’t anticipate anything remarkable.
When Stallone signed up for it I said, “And I’ll be watching.” I watched the whole season because I’m a fan of Sly, and he doesn’t do TV.
STARR: Yeah, it’s great. I really enjoyed working with him.
Do you know when you start filming the second season?
STARR: We don’t have a date yet. I think they are working on so many details. We don’t even know where we will do it this year, or next season. So I’m excited to find out all about it. I don’t think they’ve dug into the scripts or anything yet. I could be wrong, but you know, the coming writer’s strike would definitely get anyone moving.
Festival Down Season 3 premieres February 24th on Starz.