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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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?
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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
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