Kristen Bell plans to “Party Down”

Like a bad breakup, I anticipated getting over the abrupt and unfinished ending of Veronica Mars a lot sooner. I mourned the loss, wrote a bitchy letter to the CW’s president begging him to bring the show back and finally accepted that it was over.

Since the show’s ending, keeping tabs on film and television appearances by Kristen Bell has become a sort of hobby. Thankfully, VM creator Rob Thomas brought her aboard his latest project, along with several other former Neptune residents and my personal favorite funny lady, Jane Lynch.

The new show, Party Down, is slated to premiere on the Starz cable channel on March 20. It tells the story of a “Los Angeles catering team — wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their big break. Each episode of the 10-part original series finds the hapless catering team working a new event — from sweet-16 affairs to gay weddings to mobster acquittal parties to porn awards — where they inevitably get tangled up with colorful guests and the absurd drama of their own personal lives.”

Much to my dismay, and likely due to the five films she currently has in production, Bell’s role is limited to a guest spot in the season finale.

The >Chicago Tribune reports that Bell will play Uda Bengt, a former member of the Party Down catering team now running a rival team that happens to be the best in town:

Ruthlessly efficient, she tolerates nothing less than perfection from the highly imperfect Party Down crew.

Thomas, who was also bummed by the CW’s decision to axe Veronica Mars, brought some of that nostalgia to the new show. Enrico Colantoni, who played Keith Mars has a guest role in the premiere, Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls) and Alona Tal (Meg Manning) guest star in Episode 2, and Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas) and Ken Marino (Vinnie Van Lowe on VM) are part of the regular cast.

Even if you — shutter — weren’t a VM fan, there are even more familiar faces on Party Down. As the linster reported in December, Lizzy Caplan (of True Blood and Mean Girls) is also on board for the project.

Before I’m through gushing, E! Online had even more good news: “That long-rumored VM movie is indeed in the works.”

Oh,Veronica, I wish I could say I haven’t thought of you lately at all, but I would be fooling myself. I will gladly take you back, with open arms.