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Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany Joins Parks and Recreation as New Love Interest

August 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Tatiana Maslany, Aziz Ansari

The clones are invading Pawnee! But it’s not scary; it’s awesome!

Tatiana Maslany, the star of BBC’s hit series Orphan Black, will join NBC’s Parks and Recreation’s for a two-episode arc, THR is reporting. So for those who aren’t familiar with this brilliant woman, get ready for her to hit your small screen. You’ll thank us later.

Maslany, who has earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike for her portrayal of multiple characters on Orphan Black, will play a love interest for Tom (Aziz Ansari). Last time Tom was in a relationship, it was with Jean Ralphio’s (Ben Schwartz) sister Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate), she of the unfortunate personality and habit of threatening to stab people with a screwdriver.

Creator and executive producer Mike Schur confirmed the news with a simple tweet: “Maslany. #OrphanRec.”

Maslany is scheduled to appear in episodes five and six of the NBC comedy’s sixth season. She most likely will only play one character, but if she did happen to portray one of the Orphan Black clones while in Pawnee, we hope it’s Alison. She might be crazy enough to scare Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), and who doesn’t want to see that?

The Critics Choice Award winner is just the latest in a long list of stellar guest stars appearing on Parks and Rec this season. Kristen Bell, Heidi Klum, Henry Winkler are among the famous faces set to guest star.

Parks and Recreation: Look Who’s Playing April’s Eagleton Doppelgänger

August 15, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Parks and Recreation June Diane RaphaelParks 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.”

Parks and Recreation kicks off Season 6 on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Parks and Rec : Comic Billy Eichner Cast

August 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Billy Eichner Parks and RecreationParks 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.”

Parks and Recreation Shocker! Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe to Exit NBC Comedy In Season 6

August 1, 2013 Leave a comment
 Rob Lowe Rashida Jones Leaving Parks And RecreationIn literally shocking news, Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger are leaving Pawnee.

Parks and Recreation staples Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe will depart the critical darling in its sixth season, sources confirm to TVLine.

As first reported by Buzzfeed, the pair will leave in the February sweeps-timed 13th episode of the NBC comedy’s upcoming run.

No reason for the duo’s departure has been given, but it’s safe to assume their characters will be written off the canvas together: Ann and Chris are currently in the process of having a baby.

This isn’t the first time Lowe has left a series before the end of its run. The actor famously walked away from The West Wing during Season 4, on the heels of a salary dispute/decreased airtime. (“It has been increasingly clear, for quite a while, that there was no longer a place for Sam Seaborn on The West Wing,” he said in a statement at the time.)

Jones has been part of Parks since its April 2009 debut, while Lowe came aboard the sitcom in the final leg of Season 2.

Parks and Recreation‘s London-set, hour-long premiere airs Sept. 26.

Parks and Recreation: Heidi Klum to Guest Star in Season 6 Premiere

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Heidi Klum, Amy Poehler

Guten Tag, Pawnee! Heidi Klum is headed to Parks and Recreation!

The America’s Got Talent judge and Project Runway host is now adding Parks and Recreation guest star to her jam-packed résumé, E! News has confirmed.

The former Victoria’s Secret supermodel is set to appear in the season-six premiere and it sounds like she’s going to be practically perfect in every way!

The hour-long episode, airing Sept. 26, will feature some of our favorite Pawnee residents across the pond in London where Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is set to receive a “Women in Government” award from an international organization. Sounds fancy! Klum will be playing a fellow award recipient and the beloved mayor of a small town in Denmark.

Seeing a woman who is absolutely adored by her citizens is definitely going to be really difficult for Leslie to handle. “Her town completely worships her in a way that makes Leslie a little jealous, considering that Leslie is undergoing a recall vote in Pawnee,” Parks executive producer Michael Schur tells EW.com, who first reported the news.

Klum is just one of the handful of A-list celebs that are headed to Parks and Rec this season. Henry Winkler will also be appearing in the season premiere as Jean-Ralphio’s (Ben Schwartz) father, while Kristen Bell is set to cause some trouble in October as Leslie’s new Eagleton rival.

Don’t miss the sure-to-be-hilarious season-six premiere of Parks and Recreation, airing Thursday, Sept. 26 on NBC. And remember, Heidi, make it work!

Parks and Recreation: Kristen Bell to Guest Star

July 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Kristen Bell is Pawnee-bound.

The Veronica Mars/House of Lies actress will guest star in a Season 6 episode of Parks and Recreation as a snooty City Councilwoman from neighboring Eagleton, EW.com reports.

“She’s Leslie’s equivalent, but richer and better dressed,” exec producer Mike Schur tells the site.

Bell, whose stint on the show will reunite her with former Party Down co-star Adam Scott, will shoot the ep after she finishes work on the Veronica Mars feature film.

Parks kicks off its sixth season on Sept. 26. Bell’s episode is slated to air in October.

Parks and Recreation Renewed for Season 6

May 10, 2013 Leave a comment

How sweetums it is: NBC has renewed Parks and Recreationfor a sixth season.

Parks, which scored a full 22-episode pickup, joins previously renewed dramas Grimm, Revolution, Law & Order: SVU and Chicago Fire.

TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect the news.

The Closer Star to Visit Parks and Recreation

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment

The Closer alum J.K. Simmons will guest-star on an upcoming episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

Per EW.com, the actor will play the slightly gruff mayor of Partridge, Minn., the town over which an 18-year-old Ben briefly governed… until he was impeached.

In the episode, which airs next month, Ben and fiancée Leslie visit the city — where they also run into his sister (played by Annabeth Gish).

NBC Comedy Thursday 12/6 Promo – The Office, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreations (HD)

December 4, 2012 Leave a comment

NBC Comedy Thursday Promo 11/8 – The Office, Parks and Recreation (HD)

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Parks And Recreation – Bangers and Mash

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John McCain to Guest Star on Parks & Recreation!

July 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Pawnee is about to get even more political!

Just how awesome is Parks and Recreation? So awesome that three sitting senators will be appearing on the show next season! Yes, you read that right. Senator John McCain and two other senators will be guest-starring on the NBC comedy this fall and we’ve got all the details right here…

The New York Times reports that McCain, Barbara Boxer of California and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine will all appear in an episode of Parks and Recreation‘s fifth season. So what brings the D.C. bigwigs to Pawnee?

Turns out, Pawnee goes to D.C. and the three senators interact with Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) at a cocktail party. No big deal.

In the season four finale, Ben moved to D.C. after joining the staff of a congressman, so it seems like Leslie and Ben will be making their long-distance relationship work! (Knope they can!)

On Thursday, McCain tweeted a picture of himself and Poehler, saying, “”Had a great time shooting @ParksandRecNBC today w/Amy Poehler – I think it’s an Emmy!” Endorsed by a senator? Yeah, Amy’s totally got that Emmy in the bag!

The episode is currently scheduled to air on Sept. 27, but NBC may move the episode up a week earlier.

Parks and Rec Heads to Washington – Which Real-Life Politicians Will Appear?

July 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Parks and Recreation’s Ben and Leslie are about to rub elbows with some real power players. (No offense, Ron Swanson.)

Some of the NBC comedy’s forthcoming fifth season will take place in Washington, D.C. We can now add that U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (California), John McCain (Arizona) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) will play themselves when they appear at a D.C. cocktail party attended by Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Amy Poehler).

In a twist at the end of Parks’ Season 4, political strategist Ben accepted a position with a national campaign – a career boost for him but a possible sticking point in his and Leslie’s love story.

While we can’t see Ms. Knope packing it up and leaving Pawnee for good, our original intel was that Ben’s Washington stint might last a while – and as such, the show planned to go on location to shoot footage that could be used in the Sept. 20 opener and beyond. The D.C.-shot, senator-stuffed episode is slated to air Sept. 27; who knows what other Beltway bounty Ben’s new gig will bring?

NBC: Renewed, Canceled or Picked Up?

May 14, 2012 Leave a comment

NBC

Renewed
30 Rock: Renewed
Community: Renewed
Fashion Star: Renewed
Grimm: Renewed
Law & Order: SVU: Renewed
The Office: Renewed
Parenthood: Renewed
Parks and Recreation: Renewed
Smash: Renewed
Up All Night: Renewed
The Voice: Renewed
Whitney: Renewed

Canceled

Are You There, Chelsea?: Canceled
Awake: Canceled
Bent: Canceled
Best Friends Forever: Canceled
Free Agents: Canceled
Harry’s Law: Canceled
Prime Suspect: Canceled
The Firm: Canceled

To Be Determined

The Biggest Loser: TBD

Picked Up

1600 Penn

1600 Penn is a comedy about a dysfunctional “first” family where the out-of-control oldest son moves back in with his family and thus to the White House. He becomes not only their biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. Josh Gad, Brittany Snow and Bill Pullman are on board to star.

Animal Practice
single-camera comedy about a veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners

Chicago Fire
From the writing team of 3:10 to Yuma comes this action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Windy City’s Fire Department.

Do No Harm
A brilliant neurosurgeon wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.

Go On
comedy about an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who tries to move on from loss and reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group therapy sessions

Guys With Kids
Three 30-something guys enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves.

Hannibal
One-hour contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.

Infamous (aka Notorious)
An opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in – as the maid’s daughter – to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend.
Cast: Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Meagan Good

Next Caller
A single-camera gender comedy focusing on a brash alpha male DJ and his new, plucky, feminist co-host set in the offices of a satellite radio station

Revolution
In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.
Cast: Giancarlo Esposito, Andrea Roth

Save Me
A woman who lets herself go while in a broken marriage goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way.

The New Normal
A heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them start a family.

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