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'Parks and Recreation': Exec producer Michael Schur on last night's big twist for Leslie and Ben

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[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this story until you've watched Thursday night's episode of Parks and Recreation, "Flu Season 2."]

Oh, baby — did Parks and Recreation just throw another curve into the Leslie Knope: Rise to Glory story. NBC’s small-town comedy has never been afraid to switch up the game plan for our pathologically peppy protagonist (see: running for City Council, being recalled from City Council), and the show did it again Thursday night with “Flu Season 2″, giving her a special delivery of good news while she’s in the throes of a career dilemma (take a job running a National Parks Service branch… in Chicago?) and a job crisis (can she and Andy persuade Scott Tanner to reform Land Ho to replace that daddy-abuser Chipp McCapp on the Unity Concert bill?). EW spoke with Parks executive producer Michael Schur about the pregnancy plot and what it means for Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott). READ FULL STORY

Ben Wyatt loses it over Iron Throne in 'Parks and Rec' deleted scene -- VIDEO

Ben Wyatt’s feelings about Game of Thrones  rival Leslie Knope’s feelings about Joe Biden. So when Leslie gave her husband an exact replica of the Iron Throne — a.k.a. the seat of power in HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones – during Parks and Recreation‘s latest episode, “Anniversaries,” Ben freaked. Out.

We only got to a see a few short moments of his epic reaction on the show itself. Thankfully, NBC has released an extended version of the scene online. In the clip, an overly excited Ben hops around the room and then passes out — just a little! — before jumping back up and sitting in the throne, declaring, “I’m never getting up.” He proceeds to kick Leslie out so he can have some alone time with the throne, then recites a variety of lines from the show in what is apparently his Game of Thrones voice. We’d probably do the same.

Bask in Ben’s joy below:

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Paul Rudd to star with Adam Scott in fourth 'Greatest Event in Television History' -- EXCLUSIVE

When Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott set out to pull off The Greatest Event in Television History the first three times, he turned to three of the biggest actors in Hollywood:

Jon Hamm…

Amy Poehler…

Catherine O’Hara/Jon Glaser/Kathryn Hahn/Chelsea Peretti/Jason Mantzoukas…

And now, he has recruited a comedy VIP for the fourth Greatest Event in Television History: Paul Rudd.
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'Parks and Recreation': It's the 100th episode... and Leslie's final day as a City Councilwoman -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The time has come for Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) to face down her last day in office as a City Councilwoman. How will she cope with letting go? Will she let go? What future moves is she plotting with Ben (Adam Scott)? And because we’re still in question mode, we ask: How will Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe) react when they discover the sex of their soon-to-be-born child? And is Jerry Garry Larry (Jim O’Heir) headed for another identity crisis? Answers to these questions are contained inside the 100th episode of Parks and Recreation, which airs Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. A peek at one or two of those answers is contained in the video below, so stop all tex-mexting at once and check out this clip from the milestone installment. READ FULL STORY

First reveal of the full cast for Adam Scott's 'The Greatest Event in Television History,' part 3

If you somehow managed to ignore its title and skip the first two episodes of the Adult Swim comedy series The Greatest Event in Television History, then don’t fret: You’re going to have another chance at greatness on Nov. 7 at midnight when part 3 premieres. Executive producer and costar Adam Scott called on pals Jon Hamm and Amy Poehler, respectively, for the first two episodes which document the hilarious behind-the-scenes birthing pains of the title event: shot-by-shot recreations of the opening sequences for the TV series Simon & Simon and Hart to Hart.
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The stars of 'Hart to Hart' recall their first meeting, as told to Adam Scott and Amy Poehler -- VIDEO

Long before Robert Wagner donned his finest silk suit and Stefanie Powers teased her hair up to astronomical heights, the duo at the center of the ‘80s mystery series Hart to Hart met under very different circumstances.

EW’s special Hart to Hart correspondents Adam Scott and Amy Poehler sat down with Wagner and Powers, who shared the story of their first meeting — which came long before they starred in the 1979-1984 series (plus eight TV movies!) — while on the set of EW’s fourth annual Reunions Issue. Scott and Poehler — who recreated the show’s opening credits for Scott’s Adult Swim special The Greatest Event in Television History, which airs its third episode on November 7 — got the serendipitous scoop from the Hart to Hart pair, and even managed to score an invite to dinner.

Watch the exclusive clip below!

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Amy Poehler and Adam Scott host EW's 'Hart to Hart' reunion -- VIDEO

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ABC’s frothy amateur detective drama Hart to Hart had plenty of fans during its five-season run — but nobody loves it more than Parks and Recreation stars Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. Earlier this year, these superfans painstakingly recreated Hart‘s cheese-tastic opening credits sequence for Scott’s second Greatest Event in Television History special.

So naturally, when EW decided to reunite Hart stars Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, we figured that Poehler and Scott would be the perfect hosts for the event.

Watch Wagner and Powers reminisce about their killer chemistry and styling — Powers did her own hair! — in the video below, courtesy of Good Morning America. Want even more Hart? Head over to Facebook, where fans of EW’s page can unlock an exclusive video of Poehler and Scott seeing if Wagner and Powers remember some of the series’ craziest plotlines — from a dog kennel filled with cocaine to Jonathan and Jennifer being trapped in a “weather chamber.”

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'The Office' audition tapes: Watch Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, and more try out for Dunder Mifflin

Ten years ago, NBC had the chutzpah to attempt to adapt Ricky Gervais’s shortlived but much-admired British sitcom, The Office, and a gaggle of relatively unknown actors and actresses auditioned to become the Americanized Tim and Dawn, David and Gareth. When Rainn Wilson posted the new show’s original audition list last March on Facebook, as the American show was taking its final bow, he opened up a parlor game of what-ifs — Adam Scott as Jim? — teasing fans who could only imagine what those audition tapes might look like.

Well, those tapes are out of the vault. When season 9 of The Office arrives on Blu-ray on Sept. 3, the 2003 casting tapes are one of the best bonus features. A few clues about some of the notable names who read — before you click below to see for yourself: one actor went on to win two Emmy Awards, another came from the Judd Apatow stable of comedy all-stars, and one is now a crew member of the USS Enterprise. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Adam Scott on Ben and Leslie's wedding: 'It wasn't just a day at work'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Fans and critics will often agree that season 5 of Parks and Recreation was one of — if not the — best of the series. But standing out in the pool of awesome is Adam Scott, who plays Ben Wyatt, the lovably geeky Game of Thrones enthusiast who in a few seasons has won the hearts of Leslie Knope and audiences alike.

But why, after nearly three seasons on the show, has Scott, 40, entered the possible running for an Emmy nomination more than ever? We have some ideas, but Scott hesitates to offer his own theories. “I can’t answer to that specifically because, 1) I’d sound like a boob,” he deadpans. “Also, because I’m not really sure. But the season itself to me was special.”

Below, in a Q&A with EW, Scott relives the standout season.
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Marc Maron's IFC comedy to debut May 3; guests include Adam Scott, Ken Jeong, Gina Gershon

The comedy series starring podcasting comedian Marc Maron as himself will finally see the light of your television on May 3 at 10 p.m. ET, IFC announced today. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Rec': Amy Poehler and Adam Scott preview tomorrow's wedding

The big social event of Pawnee is finally almost here. On Thursday, in the first of two back-to-back episodes of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) will finally tie the knot. And, as anyone who saw last week’s episode is well aware, the pair’s last-minute decision to marry that night means the whole wedding will have to get thrown together in about two hours.

EW was part of a conference call with Poehler and Scott as well as Parks co-creator/writer Michael Schur this afternoon where the three dished about what we can expect from the wedding and the rest of the season, as well as some of their personal favorite Leslie/Ben moments from the courtship. Check out four revelations below. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Watch Tom (try to) play basketball -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) knows way too much about self-pampering and pick-up techniques, but far too little about basketball. In Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), he drafts both nerd (Ben, played by Adam Scott) and jock (Andy, played by Chris Pratt) to teach him how to play the sport so he can better connect with the hoops-obsessed kids who frequent his Rent-A-Swag store. Let us head over to the gym where the trio are slated to tip-off against some area youths. As you will see in this clip, Tom is no Detlef Schrempf.

In other plot news from the episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and April (Aubrey Plaza) become garbage collectors for a day to prove a gender-equality-in-government point, and Diane (Lucy Lawless) asks Ron (Nick Offerman) to babysit her daughters.

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'Parks and Rec': 'Breaking Bad' actor Jonathan Banks to play Ben's dad

Ben Wyatt’s dad is… Mike Ehrmentraut?!

It’s true: EW has confirmed that Jonathan Banks, better known to Breaking Bad fans as stoic fixer Mike, has booked a guest role on Parks and Recreation‘s fifth season. (HitFix first reported the news.) Banks will play the yet-unnamed father of Adam Scott’s character, Ben Wyatt. He’ll likely appear in the season’s sixth episode.

“We were working [on] the character description of Ben’s dad,” Parks co-creator Mike Schur told HitFix, “and I said aloud, ‘He should act like Mike Ehrmentraut. So somebody said, ‘Well, why can’t we just get Jonathan Banks?’” Schur and his team are all huge fans of both Banks’s work and AMC’s Emmy-winning series: “To me, at this exactly moment in time, he’s everyone I know’s favorite actor,” Schur explained. “After that arc, he’s the actor about which we’ve spent the most time talking in the room over the last year.”

Banks joins a list of Parks season 5 guest stars that already includes Lucy Lawless and Senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe. The sitcom returns Thursday, Sept. 20 on NBC.

Read more:
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