You can shout out on the street: Billy Eichner is set to star in a comedy pilot presentation for USA Network. The forceful comedian, who hosts Fuse’s renegade pop culture game show Billy on the Street, will join forces with his Street head writer Julie Klausner for Difficult People, a scripted comedy in which the pair will play struggling comedians in NYC who love pop culture and hate everyone but each other. Klausner, who also hosts the podcast How Was Your Week?, will write the Difficult People script and serve as co-creator with Eichner, who tweeted about the project today. READ FULL STORY
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'Parks and Recreation': Exec producer Michael Schur on the finale's shocking last scene, that surprise cameo, and the future
[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this story until you have watched "Moving Up," the season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation, which aired tonight.]
Leslie journeyed all the way to San Francisco in the season finale of Parks and Recreation, but she left her heart in Pawnee. And so the city’s unofficial head cheerleader devised a way to snag her dream job running a regional branch of the National Parks Service but remain in her dream town by strong-arming and binder-ing her boss into moving the office from Chicago to Pawnee. In the boffo hourlong episode, Tom’s Bistro pulled off a successful early opening (well, the second time around), the Unity Concert was a crowd-pleaser, the rights to The Cones of Dunshire were rightfully returned to Ben, and… let’s see, was there anything else that happened… oh, just that IT’S THREE YEARS INTO THE FUTURE AND LESLIE JUST FIRED JON HAMM. The final scene of the episode was a mouth-agape game changer, as we saw future Leslie (Amy Poehler) running around on the third floor of City Hall, terminating Hamm’s incompetent National Parks employee (who had somehow in the last three years screwed up more than future Larry, a.k.a. Terry) and preparing to walk into some sort of high-level situation with husband Ben (Adam Scott). You have tons of questions. We have tons of… well, some answers. EW spoke with exec producer Michael Schur about the wild finale (which he directed), Parks in the future, and the future of Parks. READ FULL STORY
Are you ready to rock and/or roll with the merger? The Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert — and a whole lot of other events — will take place in the season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation on Thursday at 8 p.m. The hourlong episode is brimming with famous guests, plot twists, and, yes, a decision from Leslie (Amy Poehler) on whether she’ll stay in Pawnee to raise triplets or move her family to Chicago so she can take a dream job at the National Parks Service. Want a few more hints about the big night? Executive producer Michael Schur has you covered: READ FULL STORY
A baby may be on the way for Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott), but the happy, flustered couple are trying to keep the news under wraps for now. Good thing only one other person knows their big secret. The bad thing: That person happens to be Andy (Chris Pratt).
Can Andy keep the secret from slipping out of his mouth — or is this just one too many for the poor guy to handle? Take a peek at the action from tonight’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), as the department organizes a charity auction to raise money for the Unity Concert, which will take place in next week’s season finale. READ FULL STORY
[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
NBC has announced summer premiere dates for its programs, including six new scripted originals and one alternative series.
Half-hour comedy Welcome to Sweden, executive produced by Amy Poehler and starring her brother Greg Poehler, will premiere July 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET, and Undateable, the comedy from Cougar Town boss Bill Lawrence, will debut Thursday, May 29, at 9 p.m. with back-to-back half-hour episodes each week. Other new entries include The Night Shift, Crossbones, Taxi Brooklyn (starring Grey’s Anatomy alum Chyler Leigh), and Working the Engels. New unscripted series Food Fighters, featuring America’s best amateur cooks putting signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs, will join the lineup of NBC’s alternative mainstays, such as America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing.
Premieres for the new seasons of Last Comic Standing (Thursday, May 22, at 9 p.m.), America’s Got Talent (Tuesday, May 27, 8 p.m.), and American Ninja Warrior (Monday, May 26, at 9 p.m.) were previously announced.
The new series’ premiere dates and times are below: READ FULL STORY
Pawnee went Paley on Tuesday night as Amy Poehler & Co. hit the stage at PaleyFest to talk all things Parks and Recreation –and bask in some crazy fan love. The Q&A panel, held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and moderated by comedian and Parks visitor Patton Oswalt, included wine, assorted memory lane strolls, a hint about the finale, ample guest-star shout-outs, and more. Read on for the highlights:
• Best entrance: While Adam Scott scored laughs for not-quite-moonwalking across the stage and awkwardly trying to sit in a seat (a nod to the third installment of his Greatest Event in Television History), Aubrey Plaza walked out faux-cheerlessly and flipped off the crowd, much to its delight.
• Best casting story: Series co-creator/exec producer Michael Schur relayed the story of Chris Pratt’s audition scene with Rashida Jones, which centered on Andy playing a video game as Ann complained about how lazy he was and tried to motivate him. “Pratt pretended to be playing Grand Theft Auto,” said Schur.”And they never got to the scene because he just kept telling Ann… how he was going to kill someone. He was just like, ‘Watch this. I’m going to drop a car on this hooker’s head!’ And then she would try to talk and Pratt’d be like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait, watch this: I’m going to drop a helicopter on this guy’s head….'” READ FULL STORY
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:
'Parks and Recreation': Exec producer Michael Schur on what's next for Leslie and the end of the show
From Sochi to Pawnee we go: Now that the crying Olympic bear has gone back into hibernation, the rabid racoons can come out of hiding, and Parks and Recreation can return to the air. Tonight at 8:30 p.m., NBC’s beloved small-town government comedy kicks off the second half of its sixth — and not final — season.
While the midseason finale, “Ann and Chris,” saw the departure of Leslie’s best friend, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), and City Manager Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe), our former city councilwoman (Amy Poehler) will see the arrival of a few new challenges in the second half of the season, the first episode of which will solidify the unsturdy union between Pawnee and Eagleton. “There’s a big dramatic tension of: Is this going to work or not?” says executive producer Michael Schur. “Her arc for the rest of the year begins with her thinking, ‘I set this in motion, I have to make sure that it works. I’ve got to figure out a way to hold this together and not let the town fracture again.'” It sounds like Ms. Knope also will be presented with a career opportunity or two in the first few episodes. “Projects get going. Options emerge for her future,” says Schur. “It is a little bit of a push-pull between ‘I started this and I need to finish it’ but also ‘It’s incredibly time-consuming to do that and I don’t know if I want to spend the rest of my life making sure that Pawnee and Eagleton stay merged.'” Schur dropped more valuable hints about the rest of the season (and beyond), which you can pick up below. READ FULL STORY
NBC has announced the guest roster for the first week of Late Night With Seth Meyers, and it will make Leslie Knope very happy.
Amy Poehler, who was previously announced as the show’s first guest for the Feb. 24 debut, also will be joined on the couch that night by Joe Biden. (Poehler’s Knope, who has a severe crush on the Vice President of the United States, met him in a season 5 episode of Parks and Recreation.) Kanye West is slated to appear on the show the following night, and Lena Dunham, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart are among the other celebrities booked later that week.
On Monday, Meyers tweeted the news that his fellow Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen will lead the house band.
'Parks and Rec': Jim O'Heir teases a 'Jerry-centric' bromance episode and Amy Poehler's alternate idea for his wife
Parks and Recreation may have said goodbye to Chris and Ann, but there’s one character who you’ll still have to begrudgingly deal with for the rest of the season…JERRY!
Jim O’Heir, the actor responsible for TV’s most unfortunate bureaucratic buffoon, called in to EW’s TV Editors Hour on Sirius XM to talk about the current season of Parks and chat about all things Garry-Jerry-Larry Gengurch-Gergich.
Reminiscing about the farewell fetes for Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones, O’Heir recalled, “We set up this surprise [for Rashida]. They actually used the chair from Game of Thrones, and we sat her down in it and we all had little numbers that we did for her, and then we presented her with roses. Me and Adam Scott did something that we’re going to do in the next episode that airs, but I injured my leg doing it.” So…should we anticipate a Ben and Jerry tap number? “You’re not far off, my friend.” READ FULL STORY
David Wain is reteaming with Amy Poehler. Wain, who directs the Parks and Recreation star in the upcoming big-screen rom-com parody They Came Together and helmed their 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer, has signed on to helm Old Soul, an NBC comedy pilot from Poehler that stars Orange is the New Black‘s Natasha Lyonne as a woman who works as an aide for the elderly.
Poehler co-created and is executive producing Old Soul with Happy Endings writer-producers Jonathan Fener and Josh Bycel.
Adios, Ann. Later, Traeger. A pregnant nurse/beautiful tropical fish and an impossibly cheery city manager are packing up and leaving Pawnee to begin their new life together in Ann Arbor. Tonight’s episode of Parks and Recreation, which airs at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, will serve as the goodbye gala for Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) and Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe), and you can only imagine how Leslie (Amy Poehler) will handle the parting of ways with her best friend. (To do less imagining and more receiving of actual hints from executive producer Michael Schur, click here with your tear-stained mouse.) READ FULL STORY
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