Adam Scott had just finished up Party Down season 2 when he got the opportunity to join NBC comedy Parks and Recreation for the last two episodes of season 2, along with Rob Lowe. Not long after that, Party Down was officially canceled. It took more than a decade for the Starz cult comedy to finally return for its third season, but Scott promises that his decision to join Parks and Recreation had nothing to do with his former show’s demise.
“We were waiting to hear whether we would get a season 3 for Party Down, and the wait became longer and longer, and it really never felt like good news when the wait extends,” Scott says
“Then the Parks and Rec opportunity comes up, so I needed to try and find out if there’s a chance that Party Down‘s going to get picked up.”
As a result, he was able to take the job of Ben Wyatt on Parks and Recreation without feeling bad about quitting Party Down because his choice would not ultimately affect the show’s viability.
“It was a very kind thing for him to do, because then it was a week later that they did cancel the show,” Scott says. “I was a big Parks and Rec fan, but I also loved Party Down and didn’t want to let everyone there down, so it made the decision a lot easier, though also very sad.”