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 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).
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 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?
30 Rock: Renewed
Fashion Star: Renewed
Law & Order: SVU: Renewed
The Office: Renewed
Parks and Recreation: Renewed
Up All Night: Renewed
The Voice: Renewed
Are You There, Chelsea?: Canceled
Best Friends Forever: Canceled
Free Agents: Canceled
Harry’s Law: Canceled
Prime Suspect: Canceled
The Firm: Canceled
The Biggest Loser: TBD
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