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November 22, 2013
Leslie devises a last-second scheme to get back onto the Pawnee City Council.
November 20, 2013
Any scoop on Ann’s exit from Parks? I’m getting more and more bummed as the weeks go by! — Karen
The episodes that follow will see Leslie dealing with Ann’s exit and Ben “realizing how hard it’s going to be to be all things” to Leslie, according to Amy Poehler. But don’t expect any new blood to come in her place anytime soon. In fact, Poehler scoffed at the idea. “No one will ever replace Ann and even suggesting it is disgusting,” she deadpanned.(LOVE HER!) “The relationship between Leslie and Ann is one of the prouder things I feel about the show because I feel, unfortunately, that there’s a lack of real female friendships on television that make any sense,” she added earnestly. “Leslie and Ann are true friends in a way you can understand, and I’m really proud of that friendship and how it’s grown over the years and how it’s, frankly, one of the many beating hearts on our show.” - Source: Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2013
Got any scoop on Parks and Recreation? —Kent
NATALIE: Leslie wasn't the only one affected by her recall, as Ben has also realized that he may have peaked too early in life. "He's had this life where this awful thing happened to him when he was 18 years old and he spent his entire life trying to prove something to himself and about the fact that he's not a screw-up," executive producer Mike Schur says. "There's a point in the season where he moves beyond that mindset a little bit." It probably won't help that this doesn't go over so well. - Source: TV Guide
Everwood fans, rejoice: Parks and Recreation is bringing Bright Abbott and Edna Harper back together. TVLine has confirmed that Debra Mooney will guest-star in an upcoming episode of former co-star Chris Pratt’s NBC comedy, playing one-half of a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary. Leslie enlists Mooney’s Rosie (from Pawnee) and her Eagletonian hubby Doug (played by Peter Bonerz) as a way to showcase the perks of merging the two towns. Pratt first revealed this awww-inducing casting news via a sweet TwitPic of the reunited actors. - Source: TV Line
November 15, 2013
For Episode 6.14:
Source: Daily Mail
A few more pictures can be found at Just Jared with Chris Pratt, Retta, and Aziz Ansari. CLICK HERE to go to Just Jared.
T.J.: Parks and Rec was so perfect last night. I know it's going on hiatus soon so please, please, please gimme some scoop to help me through the dark days coming up.
We will be starting a Parks and Rec withdrawal support group real soon. But for now, we'll just let you know that we will be seeing Chris and Ann out of their comfort zones, i.e., out of Pawnee for a "test drive" sort of thing. Meaning, they're not sure if they really want to leave Pawnee after dealing with some terrible people outside city limits. Of course, we know the outcome is they won't change their minds, seeing as Rob Lowe has been tweeting about filming final scenes, but we can stay in denial a little while longer, can't we? - Source: E!
November 14, 2013
Parks and Rec Shocker: Did Leslie Get Recalled? What's Next?
by Natalie Abrams
Surprise, surprise! Leslie Knope has been recalled from office!
Parks and Recreation shocked viewers on Thursday night after ousting Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) from office, not a route fans would've expected the show to go after the NBC comedy worked so hard to make her a city councilwoman. In fact, even the writers hadn't initially planned on it.
"We didn't specifically have a plan to have her win [the initial election]," executive producer Mike Schur says. "We got her recalled in the finale last year and then the writers spent the 10 weeks leading up to the shooting just talking about the options, and it just seemed like the best, juiciest option. Once we committed to having a recall, it was like, 'Well, if she wins the recall vote, then she's just back where she was before.' The more exciting and interesting thing seemed to be to boot her out."
Suffice it to say, Leslie will not handle the recall decision very well. With 30 days left in office, the 100th episode will actually focus on Leslie's final hours in office. "There's a lot of comedy coming up, and we had a lot of fun with what she does as a dead man walking or as a lame duck, so to speak," Poehler says.
"The next two episodes are largely about Leslie with a massive ticking clock on her career and trying desperately to jam through some last-second [stuff]," Schur adds. "It's largely about how she tries to finish off her career as a city councilor."
After the 100th, Parks will be moving away from stories that include the city council, though the result of who succeeds Leslie will soon be uncovered. It should come as no surprise that Leslie's Eagletonian doppelgänger Ingrid de Forest is a likely candidate to take her place since Kristen Bell, who portrays her, is slated to appear in at least one more episode.
Even though Parks hadn't planned on ousting Leslie initially, Schur said it was hard to ignore their original plan for the show. "We talked a lot about the long term story of the character being fighting the tide of cynicism, and you can't tell that story if everything is going great," Schur says. "If nothing challenging is happening in her life, if her best friend doesn't leave town or if she gets elected to office and just everything she wants to accomplish, she's very easily able to accomplish, then you can't really tell the story of how to stem the tide of cynicism, so occasionally we have to knock her around a little bit."
Moving forward, Leslie will be trying to find what's next for her career besides working in the Parks Department. "She seeks out a bunch of different possibilities for her life," Schur says and notes she'll seek advice from several co-workers, including Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman). "Certain things present themselves to her," he continues. "She just never stops moving. She's a shark and never stops moving and eventually she's going to figure out a path that makes sense to her." Anyone else thinking she could fill the vacant City Manager position when Chris (Rob Lowe) and Ann (Rashida Jones) leave town?
Source: TV Guide
From Entertainment Weekly:
“I think there’s a lot of comedy coming up,” said Amy Poehler, who spoke with reporters after a screening of the episodes earlier this week. “We had a lot of fun with what she does as a dead man walking.”
In fact, the next two episodes will largely focus on the “massive ticking clock” on Leslie’s time as a councilwoman, according to exec producer Mike Schur. As mentioned in tonight’s episode, she has 30 days left in office, and Schur says she intends to use them to their fullest potential, leading up to January’s 100th episode, which is “literally about her final hours as a city councilwoman.”
Looking forward, Schur says Leslie will seek advice on her next step from “a lot of people along the way” and actively seeks out her next step. “Certainly things present themselves to her,” he says. “She never stops moving. She’s a shark. Eventually she’s going to figure out a path that’s right for her.”
Here’s some more insight into tonight’s episodes and scoop on what comes next:
+ THE 100TH EPISODE will also have a storyline about Tom figuring out what to do with the money he got from the sale of Rent-a-Swag. “We wanted that episode to be a lot about people at different forking paths in their lives,” said Schur.
+ KRISTEN BELL is currently set to appear in one more upcoming episode, but Schur says she’s welcome to come back “any time.” Meanwhile, the election for Leslie’s unoccupied seat on city council — which Bell’s character said she was going to vie for — will be something that occurs “off to the side,” according to Schur. “You find out later what happened, but we’re sort of…moving away from the city council.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
From TV Guide:
Before he (at least temporarily) retires his signature catchphrase, Lowe is excited that Schur has given him a chance to interact with everyone on the series one last time. "I have an episode where Ron [Nick Offerman] and I learn how to make a crib at his woodworking ship," Lowe teases. "In the 100th episode, we did a storyline whether we want to know the sex of the baby. It's very warm and emotional. Chris is able to do a big favor for Leslie. There is a Councilman Jamm [Jon Glaser], Leslie Knope, Chris Traeger karaoke Grease scene that is one of my favorite things that we've done. It was very exciting. I could've shot that scene all day."
Unfortunately, there is one character Lowe won't go get to share scenes with before he heads out of town: Chris' therapist, Dr. Richard Nygard, who effectively brought Chris out of his deep depression and whose identity was never revealed. "I am disappointed that we never got to see Dr. Richard Nygard," Lowe says. "That is the one thing that I asked Mike, 'I would love to meet the man responsible for saving Chris' sanity!' I had two ideas. One was Leonard Nimoy. The other was that Dr. Richard Nygard is actually Chris Traeger. I thought that was very down the wormhole. The chair would turn around and it would be Chris as Dr. Richard Nygard. It actually makes sense in a very bizarre way." Who better to help Chris than Chris himself?
There's still hope that someday that secret will be revealed since Poehler, Schur, Jones and Lowe are pretty positive that we haven't really seen the last of Ann and Chris. "Oh, definitely," Jones says. "Ann is not going to be far and Rashida is not going to be far. Ann loves Leslie too much and Rashida loves Parks too much and Amy too much." Adds Lowe: "Chris is not dead. He's just living in Ann Arbor."
But Jones and Lowe are very aware that the end is near, as they prepare to say goodbye — their final episode is currently filming. "I know that Rashida and I were both really hoping that the farewell would be done with heart and humor," Lowe says. "That's the Hallmark of the show and that's really what has transpired." Although both Leslie and Ben will find it hard to let their friends go, Schur promises that Ann and Chris' goodbye will be a celebration, including some "Leslie Knope-style festivities."
Source: TV Guide
November 12, 2013
Will Leslie Knope get recalled on Parks and Recreation? — Jarett
NATALIE: I'm not going to ruin the surprise for you, but prepare to be shocked at the outcome of the recall vote in this week's episode. But first, Leslie will do everything in her power to get a leg up in the recall election, including filibustering while on roller skates. Seriously. But her campaigning could be her ultimate downfall. - Source: TV Guide
Question: Is Chris Pratt coming back to Parks and Recreation soon? I miss Andy. —Sam
Ausiello: He’s officially back in the show’s 100th episode on Jan. 9 — but don’t expect much from him out of the gate. Producers opted to ease Pratt (who was off in London shooting Guardians of the Galaxy) back into the show — much to the actor’s relief. “They thought, ‘What’s the best way to [reintroduce] Chris, who’s coming home Tuesday at midnight and goes back to work at 6 am on Wednesday?’ And they said, ‘Let’s just make him really tired.’ How very thoughtful of them to write that in,” Pratt tells us. “So, there’s an episode where Andy just has jet lag the whole [time]. He can’t get on his schedule, so halfway through conversations he falls asleep. Easiest work I’ve ever done.”- Source: TV Line
November 11, 2013
Kristen Bell on 'Parks and Recreation': 'At Least' One More Episode in Her Future
For those of you taking the reunification of Eagleton and Pawnee the hardest may want to sit down for this next one: Kristen Bell is coming back for another episode following her appearance on Thursday Night’s recall episode of Parks and Recreation. Michael Schur confirmed the news at a press event for the series Monday.
Ingrid de Forest, a snooty City Councilwoman from Eagleton, was previously seen in the third episode of the season, ”The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic,” will again be seen in a new episode airing Thursday night. And after that? More, more, more!
“[Bell] is in at least one more,” explained showrunner and co-creator Michael Schur, “and then, basically, any time she wants to come back.” So that begs the question: what sort of shenanigans will occur when Knope and de Forest are forced to interact once again? Hopefully a lot of exasperated declarations followed by Ingrid’s patronizing smile-stare.
Parks and Recreation Cast and Creator Preview 'Very Sad' But 'Really Funny' Ann/Chris Sendoff
by Megan Masters
Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe will soon take their leave of Parks and Recreation, but thankfully, promises Amy Poehler, no one is ever really gone when it comes to Pawnee.
“It’s really sad… to lose them and to send them off to the great big beyond,” the funnylady mused Monday at a press screening. “But we’re a really tight family here, so you never really feel like you’re saying goodbye to family; you just know won’t see them as much as you have.
“Knowing our show, no one ever really leaves Pawnee — we still call people back that did stuff in the first and second season,” she added with a laugh. “So, I’m certain that Rob and Rashida will make their way back to Pawnee as many times are we can drag them.”
As for what to expect from Ann and Chris’ swan song in Episode 13, Parks creator Mike Schur shared, “It’s very sad in places,” to which Poehler interrupted, “It’s so good. It is so good. Is that lame to say it’s so good? It was so good.” And if that’s not enough, piggybacked Adam Scott, “It’s really, really funny, too!”
Schur went on to assure viewers that with these departures, out of sight is most definitely not out of mind. “It’s not like [Ann] leaves and Leslie will never mention her name again,” he explained. “There will be some episodes where she deals with the ripple of Ann leaving — we’re writing that episode now.”
All in all, joked Poehler & Co., these impending exits will really only alter the show aesthetically.
“Nick [Offerman] had the best quote,” she laughed, paraphrasing: “‘I think our show just got about 85 percent less attractive.’”
Source: TV Line
November 7, 2013
Is there any new information yet on Parks and Recreation‘s final episode with Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe? –Lauri
There almost is! Episode 12 aka the one before Pawnee says goodbye to Anna and Chris, will mark cast member Adam Scott’s directorial debut with the NBC sitcom. - Source: TV Line
Zap2it recently caught up with [Chris] Pratt while he was promoting his new movie "Delivery Man," and he shared a big tease of what Andy's return to Pawnee will look like. Spoiler alert: it won't be very action-packed.
"He's been dealing with a little jet lag, which is pretty funny," Pratt says. "I came back on a Tuesday at midnight and went back to work at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, so I was like zero rest, and [the writers] knew that, and they said, 'What's the easiest thing we can do for Chris?' and they're like, 'I know! Because Andy has been in London working just like Chris was in London working,' they said, 'Maybe we just give him serious jet lag so he can like lay his head on the desk and sleep.' And so the first episode coming back is just Andy having to deal with a whole bunch of jet lag and being tired."
It won't take long for Andy to get back to his old antics. Pratt teases another Season 6 storyline that involves Adam Scott's Ben Wyatt trying to pull a prank on the office.
"We pull a prank on him, and then he wants to get the office back with this prank, but he just has a minor meltdown and anxiety attack trying to even pull a prank," Pratt says. "And he trying to hide the fact that he's about to prank us -- because I set him up with this prank and everyone knows he's about to prank us -- it is so funny. God, he cracked me up so hard just the other day I could not stop laughing. It's so fun to be back on 'Parks and Rec.' I just love it."
November 6, 2013
Adam Scott is directing Episode 6.12 this week.
Retta: Night shoots y'all! With our DIRECTOR @mradamscott! #ParksAndMuhfuhkinRec
I hate that Parks and Recreation is on hiatus! Do you have any scoop to tide me over? —Shawna
NATALIE: Halloween in Pawnee will be doubly scary for Leslie, who will be facing the recall vote in that same episode. "Leslie's having a crisis of confidence about whether or not she's in the right job and if she's doing the right thing," Amy Poehler says. To distract herself, Leslie will set up a haunted house that may ultimately be more trick than treat. - Source: TV Guide
November 4, 2013
November 2, 2013
Here is the episode synopsis for "The Cones of Dunshire" - Episode 6.09:
"THE CONES OF DUNSHIRE"
11/21/2013 (08:31PM - 09:01PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE WON'T TAKE "NO" FOR AN ANSWER – Leslie (Amy Poehler) goes toe-to-toe with Councilman Jamm in a marathon negotiating session. Ben (Adam Scott) is in between jobs and takes up an interesting hobby to pass the time. Meanwhile, Ron (Nick Offerman) employs Tom (Aziz Ansari), April (Aubrey Plaza) and Donna (Retta) to help sell his cabin in the woods. Jim O’Heir and Rob Lowe also star.
Bonnie: I'm still really sad about Ann leaving her best friend Leslie in Pawnee. Any chance Ann won't leave Parks and Rec?
Considering the actors behind the characters, Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, are leaving Parks and Recreation, we doubt they'll change their minds. If it helps, Ann won't leave her BFF easily. "Leslie and Ann are really in deep denial about it. Well, they're trying. We're processing it. Slowly but surely, we're processing it," Jones tells us. "It's nice because we're getting a lot of time and a lot of episodes to really deal with it because we talked about it so early in the season. Now it's really about figuring out how best to say goodbye." Plus, Jones thinks that this is the next logical step for her and her baby daddy Chris. "It makes sense that he would move on. He's a man of the world and adventure, and I think that's probably what Ann loves about him," she says. "He opens her up to new possibilities." We still have about 10 episodes left before their departure so we have some time to prepare. - Source: E!
October 29, 2013
Do you have any scoop on Parks and Recreation? — Mitch
NATALIE: Get ready for the sequel to "Requiem for a Tuesday"... sort of. I hear that Ben will create the nerdiest and most complicated board game in history. Think Settlers of Catan meets Dungeons and Dragons, which is exactly why Leslie will have about the same reaction to the game as Ben did to his Tuesday creation. - Source: TV Guide
The title of 6.09 is 'The Cones of Dunshire.' - Source: Zap2it
October 28, 2013
Marc: I heard that Parks and Rec went back to Indianapolis to shoot at the Colts stadium. As a Colts fan, I need to know why they wentback.
Mike Schur revealed the reason behind Parks return to Lucas Oil Stadium, and this time it has nothing to do with a bachelor party. The NFL has a program called Play 60, which promotes healthy activity among children. And which fictional town happens to have obese children? Pawnee, Indiana, of course. In the episode, Leslie will bus a group of kids to Indianapolis to run around with NFL players. Color us jealous. - Source: E!
October 23, 2013
Tessa: So pissed that NBC is bumping Parks and Rec! Can I get scoop to help me get through this difficult time?
We're optimist (sometimes) so we're going to go ahead and assume that everything will be fine and Parks and Rec will return with the highest ratings ever because people will miss it so much. Anyway, creator Mike Schur told us that we will find out the result of the recall vote very soon, and based on the new Parks schedule, it should be revealed before the show goes on hiatus until January. They are definitely not dragging it out for the entire season. We also asked Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt about the possibility of Andy and April finding having a baby, and not only were they way into that idea, but they even had some knowing smiles on their faces while talking about it. Take that with a grain of salt, or run with it and just assume and Andy-April offspring is coming! Your choice. - Source: E!
Parks and Recreation Returns Thursday, November 14 at 8/7c with back-to-back episodes
Leslie is forced to abandon Ben's '90s-themed birthday party to defend herself in an epic filibuster.
October 22, 2013
October 21, 2013
“It’s a very weird feeling,” said “Parks” executive producer Mike Schur at a party on the show’s Los Angeles set Wednesday to commemorate its 100th episode. “I’ve known Rashida now for more than 20 years. We went to college together. And if Rob wanted to become a cult leader, it would be very easy for him to start a cult. He just needs to flash his eyes at people and they would do his bidding. From the second he showed up, he’s been a huge force of comedy on the show and it feels very sad to say goodbye. But the episode is also designed to be a gigantic celebration. It’s not that it’s not sad that they’re leaving — it’s obviously sad — but the design of the episode is the greatest goodbye party ever.” - Source
Ty: Parks and Rec spoilers, if you would be so kind…
We were just on set for the 100th episode celebration, and we talked to the cast about what's ahead for our favorite Pawnee people. Chris will be preparing for the arrival of his little one by going nuts over baby-proofing. When it comes to building a crib, who do you think he turns to? The one and only Ron Swanson. There's also an episode coming up where Chris and Ann will be debating whether or not they want to find out the sex of the baby. Finally, creator Mike Schur confirmed that yes, they are still holding out for Bill Murray to appear as the Pawnee mayor. They will accept nothing less. - Source: E!
11/07/2013 (08:00PM - 08:31PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE PLAYS WITH THE COLTS AND FIGHTS TO SAVE PAWNEE’S DRINKING WATER – REGGIE WAYNE, ANDREW LUCK, ADAM VINATIERI, ROBERT MATHIS AND ANTHONY CASTONZO GUEST STAR – Leslie (Amy Poehler) tries to complete some of her biggest city council goals, like hosting an NFL Play 60 event with the Indianapolis Colts, and trying to add fluoride to Pawnee’s drinking water. Meanwhile, Chris (Rob Lowe) and Ron (Nick Offerman) attempt to bond while building cribs for their future children. Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Retta and Jim O’Heir also star.
Schur and Poehler are co-writing the show’s 100th episode, which will include surprise guest stars and a surprise ending. “We wanted to celebrate by having the characters go through milestones and forks in the road and turning points in their lives,” Schur said. “Everyone is going through the end of something or the beginning of something or has a big choice to make.” - Source: Vulture
October 11, 2013
10/31/2013 (08:00PM - 08:31PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE FACES THE RECALL VOTE DURING HALLOWEEN – Leslie (Amy Poehler) prepares a haunted house with Ben (Adam Scott), Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) for Halloween on the day of the recall vote. Meanwhile, Tom (Aziz Ansari) fears the end of Rent-A-Swag and persuades Ron (Nick Offerman) to help save his business. Aubrey Plaza, Jim O’Heir and Retta also star.
October 8, 2013
S06, E07 (First Aired: October 31, 2013)
On the day of the recall vote, Leslie works on a haunted house with Ben, Chris and Ann; Tom asks Ron for help saving his business
October 4, 2013
Episode description for 6.06:
"GIN IT UP!"
10/24/2013 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE GETS SWEPT UP IN A SCANDAL – TATIANA MASLANY GUEST STARS -- Leslie (Amy Poehler) tries to calm a minor scandal that gets blown out of proportion. Tom (Aziz Ansari) tries to impress a new love interest (guest star Tatiana Maslany), while Ben (Adam Scott) convinces Ron (Nick Offerman) to prepare his last will and testament. Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, and Jim O’Heir also star.
October 1, 2013
Gin It Up!
S06, E06 (First Aired: October 24, 2013)
Leslie deals with a minor scandal; Tom tries to impress a woman; Ben talks Ron into preparing a will.
About the filming at Lucas Oil Stadium for Episode 6.08:
The sixth season of “Parks and Recreation” opened Thursday with a 60-minute episode centered on a trip to London. Scenes shot on Monday will air as part of the Nov. 7 episode, which will air at 8 p.m. on WTHR-13.
During Monday’s shoot, a good cause for kids collided with bad behavior by adults.
The plot: Pawnee’s civil servants chaperone 100 youngsters on a trip to Lucas Oil Stadium, where they will participate in an NFL Play 60 event with Colts players. Play 60 is the league’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes each day.
Comedy ensues when characters portrayed by Offerman (Ron Swanson), Scott (Ben Wyatt) and O’Heir (Jerry Gergich) monopolize time with the Colts and leave the youngsters — found through a local casting service, Sackett said — on the sidelines.
“It’s like we’re taking a bunch of kids to Disney World, but we’re going on all the rides before the kids come in,” Offerman said.
“We’re a little selfish,” O’Heir said.
Poehler, portraying Leslie Knope in a Luck jersey, urged the kids to wait “10 more minutes.”
In the background, Offerman took snaps from O’Heir and threw crossing passes to Scott. The scrimmage included stand-in actors for Luck, Wayne, Adam Vinatieri, Robert Mathis and Anthony Castonzo. The actual Colts arrived on set a few hours later.
Colts punter Pat McAfee isn’t expected to be part of the episode, but he interviewed actors between takes for an upcoming NFL.com segment.
Ansari, Aubrey Plaza and the singularly named Retta don’t portray athletic-minded characters on “Parks and Recreation,” and they mostly lounged during the football scenes. Plaza employed a football as a pillow at midfield.
Her character’s husband, portrayed by Pratt, is so into the Colts that he wore a Wayne jersey during their wedding. Pratt wasn’t on hand on Monday, though, because his character is spending much of this season overseas.
“I’m taking a lot pictures for him, but unfortunately he’s still in London,” Plaza said. “He’s missing out big time.”
Lowe, a longtime friend of Irsay’s, was absent because of a film commitment elsewhere, colleagues said.
In addition to Monday’s visit to Lucas Oil Stadium, Poehler and Ansari shot a scene at Eagle Creek Reservoir.
September 27, 2013
'Parks and Recreation' is headed back to Indianapolis
Series star Amy Poehler expected to be part of next week's visit
“Parks and Recreation” lead character Leslie Knope has a date in real-life Indianapolis.
According to NBC, cast and production crew of “Parks and Recreation” will be in Indianapolis next week to shoot scenes at Lucas Oil Stadium. Set in fictional Pawnee, Ind., the show stars Amy Poehler in the role of city council member Knope.
Last December, cast members Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Rob Lowe and Jim O’Heir visited Lucas Oil Stadium and St. Elmo Steak House to shoot scenes for an episode titled “Two Parties.”
Next week’s entourage includes Poehler, Ansari, Scott, Offerman, O’Heir and the singularly named Retta.
In 2010, the sitcom shot scenes at the Indiana Statehouse, but no cast members were present.
“Parks and Recreation” airs at 8 p.m. Thursdays on WTHR-13. The sixth season of the show began on Sept. 26 with an 60-minute episode centered on a trip to London.
Episode description for 6.05:
10/17/2013 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE FIGHTS FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE –SPECIAL GUEST TATIANA MASLANY ("ORPHAN BLACK") ALSO STARS-- Leslie (Amy Poehler) throws Ben (Adam Scott) a birthday bash but is forced to leave early for an emergency late-night filibuster. Tom (Aziz Ansari) tries to make some memories with his new girlfriend (guest star Tatiana Maslany), Ron (Nick Offerman) and Donna (Retta) go hunting, and April (Aubrey Plaza) reconnects with Andy (Chris Pratt). Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, and Jim O’Heir also star.
We hear there will be more Donna this season. Can you tell us more about that?
Schur: There will be indeed. Lots of big Donna stories. One of the episodes is about Leslie going to bat for Donna when Donna makes a mistake. There’s another one down the line where April says something that offends Donna, about the kind of person she thinks she is. It’s not offensive to anyone but Donna. April doesn’t know why so she has to investigate. Both stories are really good. - Source
September 25, 2013
From TV Guide:
Parks and Recreation Cast Teases Five Big Moments in Season 6
1. Leslie might be recalled:
At the end of last season, a group of unruly Pawnee residents set their sights on recalling Leslie from office, much to her dismay. Even though Leslie will attack the issue with her usual gusto, things will take a turn for the worse very quickly. "The time up through Ann leaving is a crazy roller coaster because there are a lot big events happening in her life," executive producer Mike Schur says, pointing out that Leslie will really be put through the wringer this season. "There's a list of the most traumatic things that can happen in your life, among them is changing jobs and moving. We looked at that whole list of things and decided to hit a bunch of these markers as signposts for the year, see what happens and try to screw up her life a little bit."
2. Ann and Chris will leave Pawnee:
With Lowe and Jones exiting the series, Ann and Chris will soon make a decision about leaving Pawnee. Why they leave remains to be seen, but Jones says it will be a big turning point for Ann and Leslie. "Amy and Rashida, like Leslie and Ann, are dealing with it in real time," Jones says. Amy's been saying things like, 'She thinks she's leaving, but I'm going to lock her in my trailer.' I'm a little bit in denial about it, too." Schur also teases that Ann will not give birth before leaving Pawnee.
As for Chris, his separation from Ben (Adam Scott) will be very emotional. "I almost started crying when Chris breaks it to Ben that he might be leaving," Schur says. "They're so cute. Part of what we wanted to do in this run-out was remind people that those two guys knew each other for a decade before we ever saw them. They have a very specific and strange friendship that was based on their traveling all over the state together and staying in crummy hotels in weird towns, with Chris pumping everybody up and Ben knocking them down. We made a point of saying that would matter to Ben that Chris is leaving so we shot a really nice story dealing with that. Ben's reaction is really adorable."
3. Ron and Diane are going to have a baby:
The meat-loving, woodworking everyman has finally met his match in Diane, played by Lucy Lawless, who will return in the season premiere. But don't expect Ron Swanson to miss a step when he learns that his lady love is actually pregnant. "With all things, Ron doesn't get his panties in too much of a bundle," Offerman says. "He will deal with the birth of a new child with the same aplomb that he would treat any animal husbandry or gardening. Ron has a very solid disposition, so by and large, he probably will remain unflappable." But don't forget, there's also the possibility of this on the horizon.
4. The group's trip to London:
As part of Leslie's plan to combat the recall, April (Aubrey Plaza) nominates her for an award that takes the group to London. While Leslie's putting her foot in her mouth across the pond, Andy (Chris Pratt) and Ben will be working on expanding their non-profit to England. "Ben, in his infinite wisdom, has for some reason allowed Andy to tag along," Pratt says. "Ben and Andy are going to go talk to this rich Duke played by Peter Serafinowicz who lives in a castle. We're looking for money to start up a branch of Sweetums in the U.K."
Ron, however, is not happy to be in London. "He's been rather duped into the trip," Offerman says. "He, of course, hates Europe. Because of his intimacy with Diane, she talks him into making the trip and tagging along with everyone on a romantic level. Then at the last second, because of the pregnancy, she has a bad bout of morning sickness and doesn't go, but still makes him go and takes pictures for them."
5. Tom gets a real love interest:
Now that Tom Haverford has gotten his life together, it's time for him to actually find a love interest that's compatible with him because -- let's be real -- Ann and Tom didn't work. Tatiana Maslany, the breakout star of BBC America's sci-fi hit Orphan Black, will play said love interest, a doctor named Nadia. "She comes into the Parks Department ,and Tom is instantly smitten with her and, of course, goes about the wrong way of trying to pursue her, but eventually he's able to make it happen," Ansari says. But first, Tom will have to deal with the mystery person who is trying to set up a competing Rent-a-Swag business. "It's a really cool reveal who it is," he adds.
Source: TV Guide
My Day In Pawnee
Melinda Cohen is a rising star who will appear on this season of Parks and Rec. She wrote about her experience of working in Hollywood, being on set, and HANGING WITH AMY, and shared it with us. We’re sharing it with you, because we love you and care about you and everyone should know what it feels like to have a dance party with Leslie Knope.
Filming at the pit (Lot 48) for Episode 6.08:
September 24, 2013
Episode description for Episode 6.05, Filibuster:
S06, E05 (First Aired: October 17, 2013)
An emergency late-night filibuster forces Leslie to leave Ben's birthday party early; Tom tries to create memories with his girlfriend; Ron and Donna go hunting; April and Andy reconnect.
They used a conference room for filming scenes in 6.08.
Jessica Wicks will appear in 6.08:
September 23, 2013
Billy Eichner tweeted about being in another episode of Parks and Rec and that he would be filming on Monday, September 23. (Episode 6.08)
Episode description for 6.04:
10/10/2013 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : EAGLETON AND PAWNEE JOIN FORCES – KRISTEN BELL, SAM ELLIOT, JUNE RAPHAEL AND BILLY EICHNER GUEST STAR-- Leslie (Amy Poehler) pairs up the Pawnee Parks employees with their Eagleton counterparts. Meanwhile Ben (Adam Scott) and Chris (Rob Lowe) reunite for an accounting project, and Ann (Rashida Jones) reveals her plans for the future. Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, Retta, and Jim O’Heir also star.
Joan Callamezzo will appear in 6.07.
September 17, 2013
S06, E04 (First Aired: October 10, 2013)
Pawnee Parks employees are paired up with their Eagleton counterparts; Chris and Ben work on an accounting project together; Ann divulges her plans.
The title of Episode 6.05 is 'Filibuster.'
The title of Episode 6.08 is 'Fluoride.'
Will the park actually get built before Ann leaves on Parks and Recreation? — Paul
NATALIE: We posed that very question to executive producer Mike Schur. "It won't become a park, but when Ann makes her decision to leave, the original project that brought the two of them together starts to take on a certain importance in Leslie's mind," he says. "There's an episode that will deal with the psychological importance of making progress on that and it does come back into play." In other Parks news, this happens a lot sooner than you'd expect. - Source: TV Guide
- The premiere picks up right where the finale left off. Actually, back in time about 30 seconds.
- There is not one, but TWO time jumps in the premiere. Yeah, it's pretty legit.
- Ethel Beavers has not one, but TWO appearances in the episode. See, there's a theme here. And now that theme is done.
- There is a beautiful, heartfelt letter that will bring tears (for a character, and perhaps for you).
- Donna has got some mad deductive skills - the next Holmes perhaps?
- A character is surprisingly enrolled in divinity school. Or at least her dad thinks so.
- Leslie learns a lesson about posting pictures on Facebook. And it's not the only time in the episode the internet hurts her. Internet awareness kids.
- There is an odd fight at an ultrasound, which doesn't involve the parents.
- Leslie's got a new 40-phase plan. And for once, her plan's not going well.
- April finds her new hero. Hint: she's a strong, powerful leader in her town. And she wrangles wolves.
- Leslie changes her mind about taking a sleeping pill too late, which leads to an...interesting interaction with Ann.
- There's a cheese sculpture of a public official.
- Two characters adventure around the UK outside of London. One on purpose, one...not so much.
September 16, 2013
September 14, 2013
Got anything on Parks and Rec? — Jazmine
SO much to share!! But it’s all sort of major, so here’s what I can say… in the first minutes, someone’s life takes a shocking turn. Meanwhile, Andy makes a new friend who might be his soulmate (and we’ll learn exactly how the show plans to explain Chris Pratt’s absence while the actor films Guardians of the Galaxy), Tom deals with a betrayal, and Leslie has two truly amazing reactions to two pieces of huge news within the first half of the one-hour premiere. - Source: Entertainment Weekly
September 13, 2013
"THE PAWNEE-EAGLETON TIP OFF CLASSIC"
10/03/2013 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : TROUBLE IN EAGLETON – KRISTEN BELL GUEST STARS - Leslie (Amy Poehler), Ben (Adam Scott) and Chris (Rob Lowe) visit Eagleton to discuss financial matters with city councilor Ingrid de Forest (guest star Kristen Bell). Meanwhile, Ann (Rashida Jones) takes April (Aubrey Plaza) to vet school orientation and Ron (Nick Offerman) works to "get off the grid." Aziz Ansari, Jim O’Heir and Retta also star.
Aisha: Loved the Amy Poehler interview! She is my queen. Do you have any more Parks and Rec scoop?
Sure do! We just watched the season six premiere, and it's probably going to be one of your all-time favorite 22 minutes of life ever. And we're only slightly exaggerating. Before the opening credits you will find out the status of Ron and Diane after her pregnancy bombshell, and needless to say, Ron takes the news extremely well. In fact, you will see Nick Offerman smiling more in those five minutes than you probably have over five seasons. - Source: E!
September 12, 2013
Entertainment Weekly Fall Preview
Though Leslie (Amy Poehler) is facing a recall, the season 6 premiere sends her and the gang to London, where whe will receive a women-in-government award. “She meets these women from all over the world who are revered and held up as heroes by their hometowns,” says exec producer Michael Schur. “And she comes face-to-face with the fact that back in Pawnee they’re essentially burning her in effigy.” Meanwhile, Andy (Chris Pratt) stays in London to work on a charity project, and Chris (Rob Lowe) and Ann (Rashida Jones) will continue to date and baby-make before exiting the show in episode 13 (sniff, sniff). And Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany guests in two episodes as a permit-seeking doctor who catches the eye of Tom (Aziz Ansari). “He decides to screw up as many things as he can with her request,” shares Schur. “He says, ‘I need to keep her around as long as I can, and I’m going to use the number-one weapon I have, which is bureaucratic incompetence.”
‘Parks and Recreation’ episodes film in Pasadena
By Adam Poulisse, Pasadena Star-News
Three different rallies took place on the steps of Pasadena City Hall on Wednesday, one supporting City Councilwoman Leslie Knope, the other two chastising her.
If the name Leslie Knope sounds familiar, it’s not because she serves the city of Pasadena — or any existing city, for that matter. Brought to life by comedian Amy Poehler, Knope is the City Councilwoman and Parks and Recreation deputy director of fictional Pawnee, Ind., on the NBC show “Parks and Recreation.”
NBC Universal and Open 4 Business Productions filmed scenes for two upcoming episodes of the Golden Globe-nominated sitcom at Pasadena City Hall on Wednesday, which has doubled as Pawnee City Hall since “Parks and Recreation” began in 2009.
“A lot of counties in places like Indiana and Iowa have these big, grand courthouses in the center of town, and so we wanted something to look like that,” said Morgan Sackett, executive producer. “There are not a lot of places like that in California.”
The sixth season begins Sept. 26. The scenes filmed Wednesday will be part of a Halloween-themed episode airing on Oct. 31 and an episode set to air Nov. 7.
Filming began at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning with a “Recall Knope” protest scene. Dissenters rallied to remove Poehler’s character from office. Poehler then filmed a “Keep Knope Alive” political rally on the steps of Pasadena City Hall where the actress pumped up a crowd of Knope supporters. Then, crews filmed a third scene where Councilman Jeremy Jamm, played by Jon Glaser, held a news conference to smear Knope’s name.
“He’s trying to spur the movement to get her kicked out of office, and he’s being his typical jerky, obnoxious self,” Glaser said.
For Glaser’s scene, crews sprayed the City Hall steps with water, and extras carried umbrellas to give the scene a rainy look. Filming wrapped about 11:30 a.m., ahead of schedule.
The scenes that were filmed in Pasadena on Wednesday were written the night before by writer and producer Aisha Muharrar. By Wednesday morning, crews already had costumes and props ready for filming.
“It’s fun to actually see it shot, because when you’re writing it, you’re focusing on just ... the main person in the scene,” Muharrar said. “And then once you get here, you see everyone together. It’s a great moment between the page and actually seeing it shot.”
September 11, 2013
Filming at Pasadena City Hall with Leslie, Ben, and Councilman Jamm:
September 10, 2013
Filming of 6.06 with Ron and Ben (probably the making a will storyline):
Tatiana Maslany supposedly filmed her last scenes for 6.06 on Tuesday, September 10.
The title of Episode 6.07 is "Recalloween."
Episode Description for 6.03:
The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip off Classic
S06, E03 (First Aired: October 3, 2013)
Ben, Leslie and Chris meet with Eagleton city councilor Ingrid de Forest (Kristen Bell) to discuss financial matters; Ann brings April to vet school orientation; Ron tries to get off the grid.
September 6, 2013
Episode Description for 6.1 & 6.2:
"LONDON, PART 1 & 2"
09/26/2013 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE HEADS TO LONDON – HEIDI KLUM, HENRY WINKLER, AND LUCY LAWLESS GUEST STAR -- Leslie (Amy Poehler) wins an award from an international Women in Government organization, and travels to London with Ben (Adam Scott), Andy (Chris Pratt), April (Aubrey Plaza) and Ron (Nick Offerman) to accept it. Tom (Aziz Ansari) hunts down the mysterious businessman who is trying to put Rent-a-Swag out of business, while Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) settle into the next phase of their relationship, Jim O’Heir and Retta also star.
September 5, 2013
From TV Guide:
Heidi Klum is in — Parks and Recreation's season premiere, that is (Sept. 26 on NBC). The Project Runway host and America's Got Talent judge plays the popular mayor of a Denmark town who meets Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) at a conference in London. "It's a small part, and it's funny," Klum says.
But Leslie's not laughing. "I'm like, 'Everyone loves me!'" says Klum, whose character rubs her fellow politician the wrong way. "My town has even made a cheese statue of me." Sounds gouda to us.
September 4, 2013
Do you have any scoop on Parks and Recreation? —Lance
NATALIE: Before Rashida Jones leaves Parks, Ann will be pregnant. "Yes. I'm definitely going to grow on the show," Jones tells me, noting that with Diane also pregnant, it may be a "race to the pregnancy finish line." More good news? Jones says that there's a good chance that she'll return to the NBC comedy after her mid-season exit. "Ann is not going to be far and Rashida's not going to be far," she says. "Ann loves Leslie too much and Rashida loves Parks and Amy too much." - Source- TV Guide
September 3, 2013
COMING UP NEXT | The townsfolk will get their recall opportunity -- and soon! "The vote happens right around Halloween," executive producer Mike Schur shares. "By that point, Leslie's already been made aware of the fact that Ann and Chris may be leaving" -- details here -- "so this first chunk of episodes is really about [Leslie] emotionally dealing with [that]." Ron, meanwhile, will be embracing impending fatherhood. "We're not going to tell any stories where he is super freaked-out about being a dad," the Parks boss notes. Instead, there's an episode where "Ron realizes that he needs to make a last will and testament, because he has a family now." Tom -- who'll find himself romancing Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany -- will be in a "battle for his life" when it comes to his mysterious Swag competitor. ("The person who is behind the new store will make sense to the people who've been watching the show," Schur hints.)
TVLINE BONUS SPOILER | Parks will airs its landmark 100th episode with an installment co-written by Schur and series star Amy Poehler. "We didn't want to be super meta about it," the EP laughs. "We just wanted it to feel like all of our characters had reached a milestone in their lives, so that was the idea of the story going in. It's a really good story with a lot of juicy stuff in it."
Source: TV Line
August 28, 2013
Filming at Skateland today:
Henry Winkler on His Royal Pains Return and "Insane" Parks and Rec Guest Spot
Those improv skills will come in handy this fall when Winkler plays father to Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) and Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate) on the season premiere of Parks and Recreation. "With these people, I've found you just get out of their way because they are funny, funny human beings," Winkler says. "Jenny Slate and Ben as my children are insane. You literally sit back and just watch them together and you think, 'Oh, I'm in this scene too? Oh my God,' because you get carried away with them."
Winkler says he was "thrilled" to get a call about the part, for which he plays "a doctor who is avenging his son." He was recently asked to return for a third episode following his appearance in the hour-long premiere.
Source: TV Guide
August 27, 2013
John B.: Obsessed with the fact that Tatiana Maslany is coming to Parks and Rec. It's like my two favorite shows merging into one. Got scoop on that?
We're calling her arc of episodes Orphan Rec, so if you start doing that too just give us credit. Actually give showrunner Mike Schur credit because he tweeted it first. Anyway, Aziz Ansari, who is the lucky guy who gets Tatiana as a love interest, tells us at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco that they haven't shot anything with her yet, but they should be filming her guest spot in the next couple weeks. And since you love this casting so much, better thank Aziz. It was his idea! "We were trying to find someone and she is so good on that show and then I read that she had a comedy background," he tells our own Marc Malkin. "So I emailed Mike Schur and was like, 'hey, what about her?'" Best idea ever, Tom. - Source: E!
August 26, 2013
Chris Pratt was in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 25. So he might be in Episode 6.5.
Filibuster in 6.5?
August 23, 2013
On Friday, August 22, Retta tweeted about a night shoot. They were filming in studio.
August 22, 2013
From Thursday, August 21.
August 21, 2013
Retta tweeted about Sam Elliott being on set on Thursday, August 21. So Sam Elliott will be in 6.4.
On Parks and Recreation, is Ron really going to be a dad? If so, does that mean Lucy Lawless is a keeper? –Wendy
Yes, and… as far as the casual viewer will know. Show boss Mike Schur says that Lawless will appear in the season opener as well as another of the first eight episodes. And then…? “The normal thing is to grab a person for a six-episode arc, and we want to do that with her, but we’re going to spread them out over the season,” he explains. “She’s going to be the mother of Baby Swanson, so we didn’t want to grab her for four episodes and then never see her again.” So by sprinkling Diane in here and there, “We’ll really get the sense that she’s a permanent fixture in Ron’s life — which she is!” - Source: TVLine
June Diane Raphael with Retta on Wednesday, August 20.
Adam Scott was on set earlier that day because a fan visiting the set met him.
August 20, 2013
'Orphan Black' Star Tatiana Maslany Headed to 'Parks and Recreation'
by Lesley Goldberg
She'll guest star in a two-episode arc in the upcoming sixth season of the NBC comedy.
Orphan Black breakout star Tatiana Maslany is heading to Pawnee.
The actress has booked a two-episode arc on NBC's lone returning fall comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Maslany, who plays multiple clones on the BBC drama, will portray a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford.
Specific details about Maslany's character are being kept under wraps. She's set to appear in the fifth and sixth episodes of Parks, which returns for its sixth season on Sept. 26.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Question: I’ve got a Q about Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones’ Parks and Recreation exit — do we know why Ann and Chris decide to move away from Pawnee? —Jen
Ausiello: Although the pair don’t depart until Episode 13, ”The decision that they make that will transition them off the show is made very early,” confirms exec producer Mike Schur. “It’s not, like, in Episode 12 they’re going, ‘Hey, we’re moving to Hawaii.’ It happens in Episode 3, which is the first one after the hour-long premiere. Ann gets an idea in the very first episode after that. It’s dropped into the world very early. So it feels like a very fun, long arc and a big [farewell] to them.” - Source: TVLine
Billy Eichner tweeted about going to the 'Parks' set on Tuesday which means that he is Episode 6.4
Eagleton scenes were also filmed on Monday, August 19 for Episode 6.4.
August 16, 2013
Any Parks scoop? How is Ron going to react to being a dad? — Laura
You’ll actually find out right away because the premiere picks up right where the show left off in the finale. Mike Schur previews: “He’s not at all freaked out. He’s nothing but excited or happy.” Meanwhile, as we’ve reported, Lucy Lawless will return in the season premiere but how often she pops up after that remains in the air. “She literally has to fly 19 hours to do one hour of our show so we have to be a little strategic about it,” Schur shares. “But obviously she’s going to be the mother of Ron’s child so we want her to be a real presence in the show.”
How is Parks going to deal with Chris Pratt filming Guardians? How often are we going to see him. We can’t lose Andy AND Chris and Ann!!! — Lisa
He is in the premiere, but after that, the show will indeed have to deal with Andy’s absence. And what takes him away, you ask? “He kind of gets an offer he can’t refuse,” Schur teases. “He’s back for good in episode 9 or 10, I’m not sure. And in the middle we’re going to grab him for one episode and maybe more. So hopefully it won’t just feel like he’s gone. We’re parsing out his appearances over the first nine or ten episodes.” And since Chris and Ann don’t leave until episode 13, you shouldn’t be dealing with too much change at once, Lisa. Also, breathe.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Chris Bosh plays for Eagleton.
August 15, 2013
Adam in St. Louis: Waiting for Parks and Rec to return is the woooooorst! Imagine that being sung like Jean-Ralphio. Can I get scoop on his character in both House of Lies and Parks? I love him in both!
If you think Parks and Rec will soon become the Jean-Ralphio show, you are very wrong. Sources tell us that the writers are very aware that too much Jean-Ralphio could be a bad thing, and they won't overuse him in season six. That being said, he will be involved with Tom's battle against a rival Rent-a-Swag type company. As for House of Lies, Ben Schwartz told us recently that the Showtime series will explore a "darker" Clyde in the new season. - Source: E! Online
A nurse was cast for the premiere episode.
Paul F. Tompkins may or may not have been on set for the first day of filming in Los Angeles on August 2. Aziz Ansari, Jenny Slate, and Ben Schwartz filmed scenes that day.
Amy Poehler and Kristen Bell shot a press conference scene for 6.3 on August 12.
They filmed the Pawnee/Eagleton basketball game scenes on August 15 for 6.3 at Los Angeles Valley College.
They shot a scene in J.J.'s Diner for 6.3.
Retta posted an instagram photo of herself with Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate for 6.3.
August 14, 2013
Parks and Recreation Exclusive: Look Who's Playing April's Eagleton Doppelgänger
Parks and Recreation has assembled the final piece of its forthcoming “bizarro” Pawnee plot, and we approve.
TVLine has learned exclusively that comedy vet June Diane Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV::, New Girl) has signed on to play the Eagleton counterpart of Aubrey Plaza’s apathetic April.
“She’s April’s doppelgänger,” confirms exec producer Mike Schur, who describes Raphael’s character as “kind of a rich, boozy, Real Housewives-type.”
As Schur previously explained to TVLine, the Eagleton-Pawnee plot, which will take place over several episodes, finds the rival towns embarking on “a joint venture” which will allow viewers to finally meet the Pawnee crew’s equivalents. ”If you were in the Eagleton Parks Department, what would it look like? We wanted to show that world.”
Raphael joins fellow bizarros Kristen Bell (as Leslie’s counterpart), Sam Elliott (as Ron’s “twin”) and Bill Eichner (as Donna’s double).
Tom’s copy, meanwhile, is being kept under wraps. “Tom’s doppelgänger is a spoiler,” Schur teased. “It’s not who the actor is — it’s the concept behind it.”
Source: TV Line
August 13, 2013
Georgina: I'm still reeling over the news that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving Parks and Rec. Do you know how they will be written out?
No, but we can tell you that the producers are currently looking for a new actress who resembles Rashida Jones. They want this Rashida 2.0 to be a "very pretty (but not glamorous)" city employee. As far as we know, it's just for one episode, but maybe she will end up being Leslie's new bestie? (As if anyone could compare to Ann!) - Source: E! Online
August 9, 2013
August 8, 2013
‘PARKS AND REC’: THE SEASON’S THEME REVEALED!
As you may have heard, some of the stars of Parks and Recreation will leave this season to explore the world outside of Pawnee. (Insert my pained sob here.) And onscreen, look for the characters to be doing the same — especially, EP Mike Schur reveals, after the gang’s trip to across the pond.
“The experience of going to London in the premiere sets up a subtle theme for the season,” he says. “Leslie is very committed to Pawnee and obviously very in love with the city, and that will never change, but she has a kind of interesting and exciting experience and [she and Ben] sort of have this feeling that they want to be more active citizens of the world and broaden their horizons.”
So while the first seven episodes of the season will focus on the attempted recall of Leslie, look for that theme to be a through-line. Elsewhere, Ben and Ron are getting their first big storyline together! “We’re trying to do episodes with more pairings that we’ve never done before, and we realized recently that we’ve never done a story with just Ben and Ron, which blew our minds,” says Schur. In the episode, which will air early in the season, Ben will work on finalizing his and Leslie’s will, and though Ron initially scoffs at the idea, “Ben points out that if you don’t have a will and if you were to die, all of your money would go to the government, so Ron is like, ‘I need a will immediately,’” dishes Schur. “So Ben helps Ron make a will with a lawyer and guides him through the process of his future now that he’s going to be a dad.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Parks and Rec Scoop: EP Mike Schur Reveals Who's 'Replacing' Ann as Leslie's BFF
The departure of Rashida Jones‘ Ann midway through Parks and Recreation‘s upcoming sixth season is going to leave a huge vacancy in her BFF Leslie Knope’s (Amy Poehler) social circle — so huge it will take more than one person to fill it.
According to executive producer Mike Schur, the NBC comedy will “position different people to fill in parts of her emotional world. It won’t be just one person.”
To wit, “There’s something that April does in the [London-set, Sept. 26] premiere that’s sort of a harbinger of things to come,” Schur reveals. “And we’re bringing Retta a lot more to the forefront this season. Donna and Leslie will have some good connections and some good screen time together.”
By the time Jones exits in February, Schur notes that Leslie and Ann will have spent “103 episodes interacting and becoming friends. We’re not just going to suddenly pretend that a new actor can come in and be, like, Leslie’s new best friend. It’s going to be people she already knows and relies on and cares about.”
And by all accounts she’s going to really need a strong support system after Ann leaves town (with Rob Lowe’s Chris in tow). Previews Schur: “The biggest personal story that Leslie goes through this season is dealing with her friend leaving.”
How will Leslie Knope deal with Ann leaving on Parks and Recreation? — Jonah
NATALIE: Not well! "It doesn't take long for the news to get to Leslie," executive producer Mike Schur says. "When Ann makes the decision, the first thing she does is tell Leslie because she knows it's going to be a thing. Leslie is in the middle of trying to manage a very large thing and she basically spirals super-hard and ends up taking out her feelings — instead of talking to Ann about the issue — on a bunch of people for no good reason." - Source: TV Guide
August 5, 2013
August 4, 2013
On Friday, August 2, they shot scenes with Mona Lisa, Jean-Ralphio, and Tom for the premiere.
August 3, 2013
'Parks and Recreation' exec producer addresses departures of Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones
by Dan Snierson
After the TCA session for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox’s new comedy starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, co-creator/executive producer Michael Schur addressed the hot topic from that other show he co-created and executive produces, Parks and Recreation: The departures of Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones after the 13th episode of this season. He elaborated on his statement from yesterday, explaining how the decision came about and how it will impact the show:
On whether new cast members will be added to replace Chris Traeger (Lowe) and Ann Perkins (Jones)
“We have no plans to do that. We have a bunch of guest stars in the first episodes. The decision wasn’t like, ‘We’re swapping out those two characters for two other characters at all.’ It was just sort of a natural thing of we’re trying to have a baby, and we felt like we should do that this year, and they’ve been going in that direction.”
On the plan to have the pair depart halfway through the season
“At the end of last year, we had a big ‘What’s the future?’ looking forward [conversation]. And the first thing we talked about was Ann and Chris and… now that they’re on this train, where she’s decided that she wants to have a baby and that he should be a father, then we kind of want them to have a baby and that will be the plan. And once they were together to have a baby, the more we talked abut it, the more it felt like, ‘Maybe this is the way that they get moved off into the next phase of their lives on the show. We talked about different scenarios, like we could do it at the end of the year, we could do it in the middle of the year. And for whatever reason it just seemed like the natural thing to do.”
“There’s another part of this equation, which is that Rashida has a producing gig at Warner Brothers…. She’s really focusing on writing more which as a writer I fully support. So when I talked to her about what we had planned for her and for Rob, she was totally on board. The real headline is that everyone is happy. There’s no controversy here…. This is nothing but happy. No one screamed and yelled and stormed off and said ‘I quit’, nor did we say, ‘You’re fired.’”
On whether this move was suggested by the actors or the producers
“We had the idea to creatively sort of move in that direction, and it totally dovetailed in line with what the two actors envisioned for themselves and their careers. And so it’s a big, happy mutual hug-fest celebration.” ( Schur also noted that the decision was not driven by any need to cut costs, beyond the normal dollar-saving pressure: “It wasn’t like, ‘Uh-oh we’ve got to hack away at our cast.’”)
On the story line for their departures
“It’s a murder-suicide.” Yes, he was just joking. Here’s the real scoop: “The decision that they make that will see them transition off the show is made very early, so it’s a long fun kind of celebratory send-off. And it happens in the first episode after the premiere — the seeds start being planted. So it’s going to be a long crescendo and Leslie (Amy Poehler) will go through a series of complicated highs and lows about what’s happening. For obvious reasons, it’s the main arc that plays out in the first half of the year…. They’re moving into a new phase of their lives and they have a lot of things to consider and they’re going to consider them, and then make a decision that leads to their [exit].”
On Lowe’s Parks journey
“When Rob signed onto the show, we thought it was for eight episodes. He was leaving Brothers and Sisters and he was available. We had that weird thing where Amy was pregnant so we needed to shoot the first six episodes of season 3 right after shooting season 2, and he was available and we were like, ‘Look, he’s probably going to do a pilot, but let’s grab him for this little weird slice of time that he’s available and we did. And then he had such a good time and we had such a good time with him that we rewrote season 3 to let him stick around, and he will have been here for 75 episodes — it’s eight times longer than we thought we were going to keep him.”
On how Leslie will cope with losing her best friend, Ann
“She’s been handed a lot of challenges before in her life and she’s always come through the other side. That’s not the only challenge she’ll be facing this year. We like to encourage change in our show, people getting married, having kids, and moving on. Every time we make those decision to make those big moves, things are interesting and fun for the creative team.”
On whether there is a chance that Chris and Ann could return in a special episode down the road
Source: Entertainment Weekly
'Parks and Recreation' EP on Cast Departures: It's a 'Natural' Evolution
Executive producer Mike Schur tells reporters that the upcoming exit of stars Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones was purely a creative decision. "The real headline is that everyone is happy. There's no controversy involved here," he says.
Parks and Recreation executive producers Dan Goor and Mike Schur said Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones' upcoming departure from the NBC comedy was a natural evolution of story and had nothing to do with budgetary constraints.
"The decision wasn’t like we’re swapping out those two characters for two other characters at all. It was just a sort of natural," Schur told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, where they were there to promote Fox's Andy Samberg comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Jones and Lowe play on-again, off-again couple Ann Perkins and Chris Trager on Parks. The fourth season ended with Ann looking to Chris to help her have children, with the likelihood of the onscreen couple reuniting in the upcoming fifth season.
"They were trying to have a baby, and we thought we should do that this year, and they’ve just been going in that direction," Schur said.
"At the end of last year, we had a big, 'What's the future looking forward?' [discussion]. The first thing we talked about was Ann and Chris, and specifically: Now that they’re on this train where she’s decided that she wants to have a baby and that he should be the father, we want them to have a baby, so that’ll be the plan," he said. "Once they were together and had a baby, the more we talked about it, the more it felt like, 'Maybe this is the way they get moved off into the next phase of their lives on the show.' We talked about different scenarios of like, we could do it at the end of the year or we could do it in the middle of the year, and for whatever reason, it just sort of seemed like the natural thing to do."
"We had the idea, creatively, to move in that direction, and it totally dovetailed and aligned with what the two actors envisioned for themselves and their careers," Schur said. "It’s a big, happy, neutral hugfest celebration. Everyone is happy."
Schur said Jones was on board with the early exit plan, and noted the actress-writer-producer -- who recently inked a two-year development deal with Warner Bros. Television -- is really focusing more on writing. "The real headline is that everyone is happy. There’s no controversy involved here," Schur insisted, nothing both Jones and Lowe could come back.
Lowe and Jones will exit NBC's lone returning fall comedy after the 13 installment of its 24-episode fifth season. In a statement Wednesday after news leaked of the onscreen couple's departure, Schur said the duo will get a "great Pawnee send-off" this season.
Schur noted that while NBC has always come to the series to cut costs, trimming the show's cast was never part of the equation.
"Every network comes to you and says, 'Cut costs' -- all the time. It’s every show, especially now that we’re going to season six. They’re always saying, 'Do this cheaper,' no matter what. They did it with our show on season one, so that’s a reality of the network television game. They’re always telling you to do impossible things with less and less money. But it wasn’t like, 'Uh-oh, we have to hack away our cast,'" he added.
The showrunner noted that the seeds of both Lowe's and Jones' exit will be addressed early in the show's fifth season.
"It’s a long, fun, celebratory send-off, and it happens in the first episode after the premiere," he said. "It’s going to be a long crescendo, and Leslie [Amy Poehler] will go through a series of complicated highs and lows about what’s happening. It’s sort of the main arc -- for obvious reasons -- that plays out over the first half of the year."
While it's not clear just how the duo will exit the series, one thing is off the table: Chris and Ann will not be moving to Pawnee's neighboring rival, Eagleton.
Parks and Rec will air a one-hour, London-set premiere Sept. 26 as a kickoff to back-to-back episodes of NBC's new Thursday hope The Michael J. Fox Show. Henry Winkler and Kristen Bell -- along with familiar faces Ben Schwartz and Lucy Lawless -- will be among the faces coming to Parks and Rec in the new season.
Jones, meanwhile, took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to send a note to fans of the series. "It's true. I'm leaving Pawnee next year. Such a bittersweet time for me... I love my P&R family so deeply. #LeslieAndAnnForever #ParksandRec," she wrote.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Parks and Recreation Boss Spills Details on Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe's Exit: "It's a Celebratory Sendoff"
by Jenna Mullins and Tierney Bricker
"It's a murder-suicide [Laughs.] I will say that the entire arc—and I've talked to Rob and Rashida about this whole thing and sort of kept them in the loop—and the decision that they make that will see them transition off the show is made very early, so it's a long, fun kind of celebratory send-off," Schur says of the characters' exits from the series. "It happens in, not the premiere, but the first episode off the premiere the seeds start being planted. So it's going to be like a long crescendo where Leslie (Amy Poehler) will go through a series of complicated highs and lows about what's happening and for obvious reasons it's the main arc that plays out through the year."
And rest assured, Parks and Rec fans, Schur has "no plans" to replace Chris and Ann. "I mean, we have a bunch of guest stars in the first kind of chunk of episodes, but no, the decision wasn't like we're swapping out those two characters for two other characters at all," he explains. "It was just a sort of natural like, they were trying to have a baby and then we felt like they should do that this year and it was just sort of like they've been going in that direction."
We're happy to report that Schur says Pawnee's rival town Eagleton will not be getting two new residents come midseason. "We had a joke a long time ago that if someone from Eagleton saw Chris and Ann then they would assume that they lived in Eagleton because they're so good looking," he says.
As for how Ann's BFF Leslie will handle her exit, Schur previews, "She's been handed a lot of challenges before in her life and she's always come through the other side, so, I mean, that's not the only challenge she's going to be facing this year."
Plus, Schur says there is "absolutely" the possibility for Jones and Lowe to return to Parks and Recreation in the future, that is if season six isn't its final season, something Schur isn't thinking too much about at the moment. "I've said this before, but we leave it all on the field," he explains. "We don't think ahead, we don't try to parch things out too slowly, because at this point it's in the DNA of the show. That we just go full board all the time."
As for how Jones and Lowe's departure came to be, Schur reveals the idea originated from the writing team, saying, "We had the idea that creatively we wanted to move in that direction and it kind of dove-tailed in align with what the two actors envisioned in themselves. And so it's a big happy mutual hugfest celebration, like everyone is happy."
While Lowe has a "holding deal" with NBC, his next series with the network will not be a Chris Traeger-centric spinoff, Schur says. He also reveals that Jones is working on her own series.
"Rashida has a producing gig at Warner Bros. and she just like sold a TV show yesterday, I think. I hope I'm not breaking that new for her," Schur spills. "And she's really focusing more on writing, which as a writer I fully support, and she's getting really into that. And so when I sort of talked to her about what we had planned for her and Rob, she was like, 'Look, I have so many things,' she was totally on board. The real headline is that everyone is happy, there's no controversy."
Parks and Recreation Scoop: Who's Getting Married in Season 6?
by Natalie Abrams
Wedding bells will be ringing once again on Parks and Recreation!
During the upcoming sixth season of the NBC comedy, one couple will take a trip down the aisle. "I will personally guarantee that there will be a wedding this season, that some couple will get married," executive producer Mike Schur tells TVGuide.com.
Which duo will be taking the plunge? We can already rule out Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott), as well as April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt), since both couples are already married. With Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe leaving the series in Episode 13, it seems highly likely that Ann and Chris, who are trying to have a baby, will be the lucky couple.
"Any time you're having a child with someone, or trying to, marriage is somewhere on the table, but their relationship has never been traditional," Schur says, recalling how, at one point, Ann didn't even realize Chris had broken up with her.
Ron (Nick Offerman) and Diane (Lucy Lawless), who found out she was pregnant in the season finale, seem like the next likely candidates. Schur even called Diane Ron's wife in a recent interview with us, though clarified later that that was inadvertent. "They're in a similar position to Chris and Ann," he says. "Ron is very single-minded and very passionate about what he's passionate about. He's very definitive in his actions and I think that over the course of this season, you'll see that play out."
Still, Schur cautions not to narrow down the candidates to just these two couples, noting that whoever does walk down the aisle, "it will be a couple that makes sense."
Parks and Rec Exclusive: Comic Billy Eichner Cast as [Spoiler]'s Eagleton Doppelganger
Parks and Recreation‘s “bizarro” world continues to take shape, with actor-comedian Billy Eichner set to appear in Season 6 as the Eagleton counterpart of a key Pawnee public servant.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Eichner, host of Fuse’s Billy on the Street, will play the doppelganger of Retta’s self-treating, auto-obsessed Donna.
He’s one of the funniest human beings I have ever seen in my entire life,” raves exec producer Mike Schur, “and he’s Donna’s Eagleton doppelganger.”
The Eagleton-Pawnee plot, which will take place over several episodes, finds the rival towns embarking on “a joint venture,” explains Schur, which will allow viewers to finally meet the Pawnee crew’s equivalents. ” If you were in the Eagleton Parks Department, what would it look like? We wanted to show that world.”
Eichner brings to three the number of bizarros cast so far, joining Kristen Bell (as Leslie’s counterpart) and Sam Elliott (as Ron’s “twin”). Schur is still on the lookout for April’s double, while Tom’s copy is being kept under wraps. “Tom’s doppelganger is a spoiler,” he says. “It’s not who the actor is – it’s the concept behind it.”
Rob Lowe And Rashida Jones Will Be Leaving “Parks And Recreation”
Their departure will be in Season 6’s 13th episode. Now updated with executive producer Mike Schur’s statement.
Parks and Recreation’s on-again/off-again relationship between Rob Lowe’s Chris Traeger and Rashida Jones’ Ann Perkins will be coming to a head this season: because the two actors will be leaving the beloved NBC comedy.
Sources have confirmed Lowe’s and Jones’ departures, which will take place in the show’s 13th episode (likely landing during February sweeps). The season ended with Chris and Ann continuing to try to have a baby together — let’s assume that plot will help usher the two out of Pawnee under happy circumstances.
Jones has been on Parks and Rec playing Leslie’s (Amy Poehler) best friend since the show premiered in April 2009. Rob Lowe joined the cast near the end of Season 2 in what was meant to be a guest arc, but turned into a regular role. Both actors will continue to be busy: Jones has a development deal with Warner Bros. Television with her Celeste & Jesse Forever writing partner, Will McCormack; Lowe will play John F. Kennedy in NatGeo’s upcoming Killing Kennedy and will surely pop up on series television again in the future.
Representatives of Jones and Lowe did not immediately return emails and calls about the departures. NBC had no comment. The hour-long premiere of Parks and Rec, filmed in London, airs on Sept. 26.
Update: Through the show’s publicist, Parks and Rec’s executive producer Mike Schur sent the following statement:
“The news about Rob and Rashida is true — they will be leaving the show after the 13th episode of the upcoming season six. We’ve been working on their storyline (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase.
We absolutely love both Rashida and Rob, and will be sad to see them go. Rashida was one of the very first people we knew we wanted in the cast, and as important as Ann is to Leslie (and vice-versa), she’ll certainly never be far from Pawnee. Rob we initially thought we could only have for six or eight episodes, and we couldn’t be happier that he will have stuck around for 75.
They are wonderful, funny, committed actors, they’ve been a huge part of the Parks and Rec family, and we think we have a great Pawnee send-off in the works for them.”
'Parks and Recreation': Lucy Lawless to return in season premiere
The season 5 finale of Parks and Recreation left us with some big news: Ron (Nick Offerman) is going to be a dad. And here’s some more news on that front: Mom will be in the season 6 premiere.
Lucy Lawless, who appeared multiple times on the NBC comedy last season, will return as Diane, Ron’s girlfriend who is pregnant with his child. Producers are hoping to bring back the former Xena: Warrior Princess star for additional episodes as Ron prepares for fatherhood.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Parks and Recreation Exclusive: Sam Elliott Cast as Ron Swanson's Eagleton Doppelganger
by Michael Ausiello
Parks and Recreation‘s sixth season is shaping up to be seriously bizarro.
Acting vet Sam Elliott has signed on to guest star in an episode of the NBC comedy as Ron Swanson’s aggressively mustached counterpart/doppelganger in neighboring Eagleton, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Heidi Klum to guest on 'Parks and Recreation'
by Dan Snierson
Who’s coming down the Parks and Recreation runway? Heidi Klum. The Project Runway host and America’s Got Talent judge has signed on to guest-star in the season premiere of the NBC comedy, EW has learned.
The hour-long episode on Sept. 26 sends certain members of the Parks gang to London, where Leslie (Amy Poehler) is to receive a “Women in Government” award from an international organization. At the event, she encounters a fellow recipient and mayor of a small town in Denmark, who is played by Klum. “Her town completely worships her in a way that makes Leslie a little jealous, considering that Leslie is undergoing a recall vote in Pawnee,” says Parks executive producer Michael Schur.
Henry Winkler also will appear in the season 6 premiere as the father of Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz), which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. In other Parks casting news, Kristen Bell is slated to guest-star in the following week’s episode.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Got any scoop on Parks and Recreation? — Mallory
NATALIE: Yes, Diane is pregnant, but she might not be the only one! "I definitely think there's a very good chance that someone else will be pregnant on the show eventually," executive producer Mike Schur says. "Obviously Ann and Chris are actively trying, so that's certainly a possibility for them. Leslie and Ben are very happily married and they're definitely thinking about it based on last year, where they explicitly said they should talk about their family. Andy and April are also happily married." - Source: TV Guide
'Parks and Recreation' Enlists Henry Winkler as Jean-Ralphio's Father
by Lesley Goldberg
Henry Winkler has booked a guest turn on NBC's lone returning fall comedy series, playing Jean-Ralphio's father, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Winkler (Happy Days, Childrens Hospital, Arrested Development) will appear in the season six premiere and potentially return in future episodes of the series -- the same way Schwartz's alter-ego has during Parks'
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
July 22, 2013
The title of the one hour premiere (6.1 and 6.2) is "London."
July 17, 2013
Mike Schur said Diane was Ron's wife in your Parks and Recreation interview. Does that mean they're getting married? —Sampson
NATALIE: I went back to executive producer Mike Schur with that very query and he said his choice of words was likely inadvertent. But there could be a wedding in their future since Ron and Diane are having a baby together. "They are probably the next in line to tie the knot, given the events of the finale," he says. - Source: TV Guide
July 13, 2013
So how will Parks deal with Pratt's svelte new body? "The only possible explanation for why someone looks that good is that they're planning to play a superhero in a summer blockbuster," Schur says with a laugh. "There is a joke that I wrote in the premiere that I think we'll probably shoot that is a little tiny acknowledgement or nod to the fact that he looks very different to the way he normally looks. I don't think beyond a little joke about it that we'll end up doing anything significant. We're not going to suddenly say that Andy became a fitness nut because that doesn't ring true." - Source: TV Guide
July 11, 2013
From TV Guide:
Parks and Recreation Season 6 Scoop: How Will Leslie Handle the Recall?
by Natalie Abrams
Even though Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) could soon lose her job as a Pawnee City Councilwoman, she'll go gallivanting off to London in the Parks and Recreation premiere this fall — but for good reason!
Thanks to Chris Pratt — and his rock-hard abs — the NBC comedy will cross the pond to film their season premiere later this month, taking a bulk of the Parks Department with them. To find out why, TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Mike Schur, who dishes on all things Season 6, including its 100th episode, Leslie's new challenges, Ron's (Nick Offerman) baby and more!
What brings the show to London in the premiere?
Mike Schur: The real answer of what brings us to London is Chris Pratt shooting a movie in London. [Laughs] That's how we got the idea. The Guardians of the Galaxy movie is being shot there. We were talking about how Pratt is going to be away and going to miss a couple episodes and then we were like, "What if we use that almost as an excuse for the premiere and shoot in London?" That was the genesis of it. It's very exciting. It's happening fairly soon. We're heading there in like two weeks to shoot the premiere. It's going to be really fun. We have an insanely aggressive schedule because if you go to London, you don't want to just shoot a couple scenes, you want it to be a huge part of the episode.
What's the storyline that brings them to London?
Schur: There are a couple different things going on. The main thing that's happening is that Leslie is obviously being recalled from office. She is in the middle of this fight for her life. She's broken her recall defense into 40 different phases. One of the phases is called "Think Outside the Box." During this phase, April (Aubrey Plaza) nominated her for an award for the International Woman in Leadership group. She's won the award and there's a number of women from all over the world who have won this award. The ceremony is in London, so for that reason, Leslie heads to London. Other people tag along for various reasons. Andy and Ben (Adam Scott) are working on putting together an international version of one of their charity projects. April is there because Andy is going. There's a couple different things that happen when they're actually there.
How will Leslie be handling the recall?
Schur: Obviously, it's a huge bummer. That's part of what this story is in the first chunk of episodes. She works so hard and she's such a dedicated person to her job. The fact that they're trying to boot her out of office is really vexing to her. It's going to be a slog. She's attacking it with her usual brand of enthusiasm and nose to the grindstone kind of attitude, but it does begin to bum her out a little bit that people have this "get out of here" attitude towards her.
The recall enabled you guys to bring back a lot of familiar faces. Will that continue next season?
Schur: I hope it always does. I love that aspect of this show; that there's this massive number of people who have been established in the world. Going forward, we're always thinking, "Let's add new people and let's keep bringing back the old people." We're going to try to expand the world even further and have more and more people who are filling out the town of Pawnee and beyond, like Kristen Bell guest-starring in the second episode as the City Councilor from Eagleton. She's Leslie's Eagletonian counterpart. We're always looking for ways to bring back the Jean-Ralphios (Ben Schwartz) and Mona-Lisas (Jenny Slate) of the world. We're now in Season 6, which is so crazy, and it's really fun to track them over many seasons.
Will Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz, who are both on House of Lies, appear in the same episode?
Schur: A House of Lies reunion! [Laughs] I don't think that Jean-Ralphio is scheduled to be in that episode. We're trying to get Ben back and the earlier the better because House of Lies goes back into production in late August or something. I love that whole House of Lies cast. [Don] Cheadle, Ben, Kristen and Josh [Lawson] are all great, so maybe we'll slowly add the entire cast into our show and they can all be in the same episode someday.
How will Ben be helping Leslie deal with the recall?
Schur: Everything Leslie does is always a team effort. Obviously he's the most important person in her life, so he's right beside her the whole time. She is very lucky in that she has a lot of people in her life that give her advice. She can lean on a lot of shoulders and she does that in the premiere and in the first chunk of episodes. You'll see her looking to different people as she's always done for guidance and support. Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) play a role in that.
Like the Harvest Festival and the election, will the culmination of the recall be your mile-marker of the season?
Schur: Yes. That's currently slated as Episode 7, I believe. That will end the arc of the first chunk of episodes. The actual day of the recall is a milepost. There's other things as well. We're going to make our 100th episode this year, which is mind-blowing to me. We're treating that episode as a milestone in a fun way. We're still breaking it now, so we don't fully know what we're going to do yet, but the idea is to quietly celebrate the fact that the show is reaching this milestone by having some significant things happen in the actual episode without getting too meta. It's not like the plot is going to be Ron eats 100 steaks or something. [Laughs]
Now that Diane is pregnant, will we be seeing much more of Lucy Lawless?
Schur: It's a little bit like Ben, only more so because she lives in New Zealand. It's not always up to us whether we can have her. She's definitely going to be on the show in some capacity because of that storyline. We kept that super top secret and we actually got all the way to her showing up on the set without her knowing what she was doing. She showed up like, "OK, what's the scene." "You're pregnant, here's the scene. You have two lines and you're pregnant." That's going to be definitely a huge part of the year for Ron.
How will Ron be dealing with being a father?
Schur: There is a classic TV storyline that people have seen before where it's like, "I'm so terrified of being a dad!" That's not Ron really. It's not going to suddenly be like, "I don't know what I'm doing!" He's a pretty self-confident guy and a pretty stalwart gentleman. It's not going to suddenly make him flail around and make him a big goofball. But it is something that's very important to him and means a lot to him. There are a lot of storylines that are related to it without being [something] direct [like] "I have to take a baby class." Ron is a guy who goes a lot on gut and intuition. He has a lot of ability and acumen in a lot of areas and he's not the type to suddenly get shaken up to his core by this life change. A lot of ideas we're talking about are about his life shifting. He's a guy who's been really solitary his whole life, except for brief flair-ups with various women named Tammy. Now, his life is much more going to be about his wife and stepchildren and his biological child. He's going to make a little adjustment about the way he spends his time.
Speaking of the Tammys (Megan Mullally and Patricia Clarkson), you guys always find a great way to bring them back into the fold. Have you already started discussing how they'll react to Ron being a father?
Schur: We'd always love to have one or both of them every year. It's a fun annual tradition that we have. And Paula Pell! At least for the very first part of the year, we want to focus on the happy parts of this for Ron and the positive aspects of it and not these psycho crazy ladies from his past. If we can come up with an idea that is worthy of their talents and appearance, we will certainly try to execute it.
How will Ann handle Diane being pregnant?
Schur: You sort of saw that reaction in the finale last year when she was like, "Someone else is pregnant? I'm trying to get pregnant!" I don't think she's a vindictive person, so there won't be any ill-will towards Ron. But it's definitely a focus of her's in the premiere and going forward. She still very much wants to get pregnant, so that's going to be a big story for her about whether or not that can happen, when and how soon, etc.
You surprised viewers by having Ben and Leslie get married before the finale. So will we be waiting all season for Diane to give birth?
Schur: Part of that depends on how much we'll get Lucy. We're always trying to figure out ways to subvert expectation a little bit.
But she won't give birth in the premiere, right?
Schur: No, certainly not. [Laughs]
A mysterious person wants to open up a competing business to Tom's (Aziz Ansari) Rent-a-Swag. Is that person someone we know?
Schur: I don't want to give it away. When we decided to do that mysterious businessman story last year, we had an idea of who it would be and that is the idea we ended up going with. I don't want to say whether it's a recurring character or a new character, but what I like about the way we decided to go with it is that it makes perfect sense. When you find out who it is, it'll make sense to people. The explanation for who it is makes a lot of sense within the context of the show.
We've seen April and Andy deal with distance before, but what can you say of April being accepted into veterinary school?
Schur: We have this idea that she would get into veterinary school as a cliffhanger for the end of the year, but obviously we have this new thing to deal with — that Chris is doing this movie. Part of the shuffling around that we're doing at the very beginning of the season is explaining where Andy goes and also figuring out whether April goes to vet school and all that sort of stuff. They're young and they have a lot energy and they don't have kids. When April was in Washington, Andy was nothing but excited for her. Whether she's in vet school and he's in some other place or whatever, their attitude is that they're just very supportive of the other person.
Jerry technically retired, so what does that mean for Jim O'Heir's time on the show this season?
Schur: There will be plenty of Jim O'Heir, no one needs to worry about Jerry. I don't know if he's going to be in every episode, but we figured out a way very early on to bring him back on a permanent basis. Very quickly, Jerry will be dragged out of retirement and will be installed back in his rightful place in the Parks and Rec office.
What's coming up for Donna (Retta) this season?
Schur: We have some pretty good Donna stuff. She's so talented and funny. We haven't done that many episodes that really feature her as the main person in the episode and this year we actually set out with that as one of our goals. We're going to do some Donna episodes and we've come up with some really good storylines. There's an episode where an innocent mistake of Donna's leads to Leslie getting in a lot of trouble. Leslie gets in big trouble because of something she does, so the whole story is basically Leslie and Donna having to fight back against the ginned up controversy. I'm very excited about this season for Donna specifically.
Source: TV Guide
Kristen Bell will be guest starring on Parks and Recreation, sources confirm to E! News.
Are you thinking what we're thinking? Kristen was actually Parks and Rec star Adam Scott's love interest on Party Down, and as diehard Ben and Leslie shippers, we are concerned! Thankfully, Parks boss Mike Schur has given us confirmation that Kristen Bell will not be messing with our favorite couple.
"Do not fear," Schur tells E! News exclusively. "Not even the considerable charms of Kristen Bell can come between Leslie and Ben."
According to Schur, Kristen Bell is contracted for only one episode, however, "Once people join the world of the show we love to try to get them back. She's obviously in crazily high demand, so who knows, but I love her as an actress and a comedian and I think she's going to be great."
Source: E! Online
It's a House of Lies invasion on NBC's Parks and Recreation. . . Stars Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz have booked guest roles on NBC's lone returning fall comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. - Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kristen Bell will guest-star in an episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation as Ingrid, a snooty City Councilwoman from Eagleton. “She’s Leslie’s equivalent, but richer and better dressed,” executive producer Michael Schur tells EW. The two will first meet up at the annual Pawnee-Eagleton high school basketball game. . .Bell’s episode will likely air in early October. - Source: Entertainment Weekly
July 9, 2013
Time Out New York: So first things first: Can you tell us anything about the next season of Parks and Recreation?
Amy Poehler: I don’t know anything! The writers are back now; [show runner and cocreator] Mike Schur and I have been talking about ideas for next year. If things fall into place, there are some big changes happening, but nothing is cemented yet.
Time Out New York: The end of last season was crazy—Nick Offerman’s character, Ron Swanson, is having a baby?!?
Amy Poehler: Ron’s going to have a baby, that’s for sure, and Leslie had her first real villain, played by the wonderful Jon Glaser. She was kinda disillusioned by her first year in [City Council] office. And April might leave the government. There’s a lot of stuff happening, which is exciting.
Source: Time Out New York
June 21, 2013
Highly-acclaimed comedy “Parks and Recreation” will launch its sixth season with an hourlong episode at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 that takes the show to London. - Source: NBC Press Release
(The reason for it being in London probably has to do with Chris Pratt filming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' in London this summer, and Mike Schur has already said they have plans for Chris to be in the premiere.)
Any early scoopage on our pals at the Pawnee Parks department? — Jeff
Adam Scott, who right now is in the middle of filming Hot Tub Time Machine 2, says his hiatus has been quiet on the information front: “I usually hear about that sort of stuff as we get a little closer to shooting. So I would imagine in a month that if I call you, I can tell you everything,” he says. But what does he hope is in store? Shirtlessness, naturally. “They know how great it is when I take my shirt off, so they’ll probably be writing a lot of that into next season,” he said in a joking tone, quickly retracting. “Me taking my shirt off is not great at all. Ever. It’s a bad move for any show.” [Insert my disagreement here.] - Source: Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2013
From Entertainment Weekly:
'Parks and Recreation' season finale: EP Michael Schur answers burning questions
by Dan Snierson
Season 4 of Parks and Recreation concluded on a note of triumph and sweetness as Leslie Knope proved victorious in her bid for a seat on the City Council. This year’s Macklin-daddy finale, though, ended with a… What. In. Ron’s. Name. Just. Happened? Yes, Ron Swanson — the man who values an abundance of meat and a lack of government above all else — will have to rearrange his priorities now that his girlfriend, Diane, is apparently carrying his child, news that she seemed ready to drop on his lap just before we cut to commercial/summer vacation. Meanwhile, Leslie was also left hanging from a dramatic cliff as a highly motivated group of Pawnee business owners and community leaders were angling to recall her from office. And wait, is April heading out of town to attend veterinary school, a dream that Andy has been aware of for the last 20 seconds? Seeking information and clarity on these matters, EW spoke with series co-creator/exec producer Michael Schur.
• First off: Is Diane (Lucy Lawless) really pregnant, or did the episode purposely leave the weensiest bit of wiggle room at the end by not showing her delivering any news ?
Nope. Stop overanalyzing it. “There’s no ambiguity — she is indeed pregnant,” says Schur.
•Does this mean that Diane will play a big role in next season?
Schur cautions that it’s challenging to schedule guest spots for Lawless, who lives in New Zealand. “I think she really likes doing the show and we love having her, and obviously we would love to have her around as much as possible, but she’s also always in demand for everything,” he explains. “She’s going to be the mother of Ron’s child so she’s not going to suddenly disappear. And we don’t know exactly when we’ll be able to use her but we foresee at least trying to use her a lot next year… The most interesting thing about it is how it affects Ron (Nick Offerman). It’s his life that we’ve been following for five years, so that story can play out in a lot of different areas of his life. He’s going to go through a significant transformation as he prepares to do this gigantic thing, which is to become a biological father. That’s obviously going to be a big part of the year for his character, and it won’t only be in the ‘I have to read some baby books and figure out how to change diapers’ kind of way.”
• How did the writers settle on Diane and Ron as the pregnant couple? Were other options considered?
The story line was born out of discussions surrounding Ann’s (Rashida Jones) mission to have a baby. “We realized that there’s nothing really surprising about telling the story of a person who wants to get pregnant for 10 episodes and then at the end of the year they’re pregnant,” says Schur. “So it seemed funnier to have her go through her trials and tribulations and try all these different things and decide it’s going to be Chris and have them plan, and then have someone else get pregnant…. We explored all the different possibilities. We talked about it being Leslie (Amy Poehler), obviously — that would be the first idea. That’s something we want to do on the show someday but it is so disruptive to have the main character on your show get pregnant and have to be pregnant for an entire year. And Amy in real life has been pregnant for, like, 98 percent of the time when we were shooting the show, and I think if we told her she was going to have to pretend she was pregnant next year, she would murder me. So then we thought about Donna (Rhetta) just because it seemed funny and it would be mysterious about who the dad is. Then we talked about April and Andy, which seemed really fun. But at the end of the day we thought: We have this other relationship that’s been in the background of the entire season and having it be Ron would be really fun and unexpected…. It’s a big change for him and it furthers the arc of him having to make a little bit of room in his life for a woman that he cares about and her two kids, which was a big theme of the year for him. Once we decided that, it was just a question of setting everything up. We did an episode where Leslie suddenly saw Jerry’s life and was like, ‘Maybe I want more than just work in my life.’ We had Tom (Aziz Ansari) have this crazy relationship with Mona-Lisa (Jenny Slate) and that seemed like it could be a legitimate unplanned disaster that would befall them. So, slowly over the last five or six episodes, we set it up so that anyone seemed like a legitimate possibility. From there, it was just a case of trying to build the best mystery we possibly could with the most misleads and crazy left turns.”
• Will the Committee to Recall Leslie Knope get its wish when the show returns?
Schur promises that this recall movement will prove a “big part” of the beginning of season 6 and that her seat on the City Council will be in “real jeopardy.” The idea for this plot was hatched as the writers reflected on Leslie’s first (and colorful) year on the City Council, and talked about how the number of recalls at every level of government had increased over the last decade. “She was incredibly active, she was very aggressive in the way she pursued her agenda in everything from the soda tax to the comprehensive sex education,” explains Schur. “She butted heads with people a lot, not just citizens but also other City Council members. And that kind of person — even in a local government in a mildly sleepy town in Indiana — draws fire these days. So it was a very organic decision in that way to say that she probably attracted a lot of attention from people who wouldn’t like the fact that she was being this aggressive, and the fact is they would do something like recall her.”
• Will April attend veterinarian school in Bloomington next season?
Maybe. Or maybe not. But simply the act of taking initiative and applying to school was another milestone for April in her year of growth. “We’re going to have some decisions to make next year whether she goes right away, or if she defers, or she commutes or she moves to Bloomington,” says Schur. “We don’t know exactly what we’re going to do with that but we wanted to create an interesting dilemma for her that came out of her newfound desire to be more active in her life and not just kind of sit around and read magazines, bored all the time.” This much he will guarantee, though: “We won’t come back next year and have her be like, ‘Yeah, I decided not to go.’ It’ll play a role in some kind of larger story, or a set of decisions that she and Andy have to make together about their future.”
• Will retiree-turned-intern Jerry (Jim O’Heir) be a significant part of next season?
Plan on hearing plenty of Dammit, Jerry!‘s in future episodes. “We’ve got a few different ideas for how to handle the situation,” says Schur. “We haven’t picked one yet but Jim isn’t going anywhere. One way or the other his presence will be felt in a very significant and pretty constant way.”
• Will Pratt have a reduced role in season 6 given that he’ll be filming Guardians of the Galaxy?
FBI super agent Burt Macklin just might have to semi-re-retire after unretir—in short, viewers will see a little less of Pratt next season. “There are going to be some episodes in the first half of the year that he’s not in, but we’ve been working with the Marvel people as best we can to make everybody happy,” says Schur. “He’ll be in the beginning of the season and then he’ll disappear and then he’ll come back and then he’ll disappear. Hopefully we’ll be able to figure something out where no one will notice. But the reality is there will be at least a couple episodes next year where he doesn’t appear.”
• Who is the mystery man that made the offer to buy Rent-A-Swag and is now planning on opening a rival store?
Schur’s lips are sealed tighter than Ben’s hands around a Game of Thrones DVD set. ”We have an idea of who the mystery buyer is, and will reveal that next season,” he responds. “It will be a big arc for Tom in Season 6.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly