Today’s the last day on set for the cast and crew of Parks and Recreation, and if you’ve been following any of them on social media, it may be hard to keep it together. Co-creator Michael Schur’s Twitter feed in particular has been a dose of misty-eyed melancholy, as the producer has been sharing a number of photos snapped on set today.
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NBC has finally given Parks and Recreation a beginning to its end. READ FULL STORY
Parks and Recreation is going a little mad in its final season.
Jon Hamm is set to reprise his brief role as inept National Parks employee Ed, EW has learned exclusively.
Last year, NBC lost The Office and 30 Rock. It canceled Community, and sometime next year, we’ll see the last of the Parks & Rec gang. The future has seemed bleak for NBC’s once-lauded comedy content, so maybe that explains why it’s digging through old projects to turn things around: Deadline reports that Cougar Town and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has signed on to produce an NBC adaptation of the popular British sitcom The IT Crowd.
NBC has been here before. It picked up an IT Crowd pilot starring Joel McHale (and Richard Ayoade, from the original British version) in the 2006-2007 season, but no more episodes were filmed. Lawrence will be joined by the writing team of Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, who started on Scrubs and served as executive producers on Community from 2009 to 2012.
The IT Crowd follows the misadventures of two socially inept male computer nerds who work at a big company, and their interactions with their female boss, who’s computer illiterate. The original version starred Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd, and Katherine Parkinson.
Lawrence is a busy guy these days. He’s also working on a primetime adaptation of Rush Hour, although a network has yet to pick up the project.
Nick Offerman has loaned his manly pipes to a variety of animated Fox shows—Bob’s Burgers, The Cleveland Show, Axe Cop—but his crowning vocal achievement will be heard this weekend when he pops up on The Simpsons.
In the episode (Sunday, 8 p.m.), relations between Homer and Bart reach a nadir over a serving of broccoli, prompting Marge to ship them off to sea—specifically to the Relation Ship, where conflicts between fathers and sons can be worked out while they learn to become sailors. The Parks and Recreation star voices the man in charge of that vessel, Captain Bowditch. “Not only to just be on The Simpsons, which is the crazy manifestation of a lifelong dream, but to do so as a sea captain was so dreamy for me because I love old seafaring novels and any lore of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy, all the Horatio Hornblower books and Patrick O’Brian novels,” raves Offerman, an accomplished woodworker who has built two canoes and a rowboat, written a book called Paddle Your Own Canoe, and subscribed to WoodenBoat Magazine. “This fits right into my nerd pocket.” READ FULL STORY
Another Saturday Night Live alum is heading to Pawnee.
Rachel Dratch will appear in the final season of Parks and Recreation for at least one episode, with a potential to return, EW has learned exclusively.
It sounds like love will be in the air when Parks and Recreation returns for its final season.
Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales are both set to reprise their roles for the final season of Parks and Rec, EW has learned.
Parks and Recreation scored a second consecutive win for best comedy series in the 2014 EWwys, EW‘s annual reader-voted awards for the Emmy-snubbed. But more importantly, after finishing as runner-up in the best actor in a comedy race the last two years, the show’s leading man, Adam Scott, finally earned a golden ewe statue of his very own. He phoned in to EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) Monday to accept the honor during our live awards broadcast and did his best not to reveal anything about Parks and Rec‘s final season, which began shooting just last week. “We’ve been sworn to secrecy about everything,” he says. “I will say there are a lot of big differences, a lot of little ones… I would hate to spoil anything. But Cones of Dunshire may come into play in the near future in the three-year time jump.” Hey, that’s something.
Wrapping the NBC comedy after seven seasons is the right move, but also bitter-sweet, Scott says. “It’s the seventh season of a TV show, everyone still loves each other, and the material is still great, so why not go out while it’s all still operating at a high level? I’m glad that the show has not turned a corner where we don’t feel good about what we’re doing. We’re all still really engaged and having a great time, so why not end it there rather than when everyone’s fried and no one cares anymore, [which] just never happened with this show,” he says. “Everyone’s still good friends and everything, so I think we’ll all remain friends, we just won’t be doing a show together anymore—which is kinda sad and kinda nice, as well, knowing that it was still good when we finished.” READ FULL STORY
Binge-watching is an epidemic, one not limited to college campuses or even high schoolers experimenting for the first time. People everywhere with real careers, mortgages, and grown-up lives have been afflicted. Forget doctors—it’s time for celebrities to step in.
EW rounded up stars from some binge-watching favorites—from Orange is the New Black to Parks and Recreation—to remind you that binging can have harmful effects on everything from your self-esteem to your social life. And if you do choose to binge, follow our tips about best practices. As Oscar Wilde once said, “everything in moderation, including moderation.” (He was probably talking about cucumber sandwiches or something, but let’s pretend it was Lost.)
It might be hard to remember now, but the fifth season of Parks and Recreation ended with a cliffhanger. Andy (Chris Pratt) found a pregnancy test, and viewers didn’t know who was going to have a baby.
The sixth season started, and the woman in question turned out to be Diane Lewis (Lucy Lawless)—yes, Ron Swanson was going to be a dad.
On a sitcom like Parks and Recreation, there tends to be a clear line between the especially over-the-top minor characters (from Jean-Ralphio to councilman Jamm) and the more stable leads (Leslie Knope, Ben Wyatt). For most of the show’s history, Ron Swanson has been moving from the first category into the second. This season, he fully arrived—kid in tow, miraculously not leaving his quirks behind. READ FULL STORY
Chris Pratt will officially become a big time movie star with today’s release of Guardians of The Galaxy (my personal pick for best film of the summer). And considering that GOTG is coming on the heels of The Lego Movie and will be followed by next year’s sure-to-be-massive Jurassic World…well, let’s just say Pratt (who stars in all three) has a lot of things to talk about. And we talked about all of those things when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this morning. But we also wanted to chat with Pratt (hey, they rhymes!) about the impending ending (again, rhymes!) of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which will sign off after one final season. So how does Pratt feel about gearing up for the last go round in Pawnee? READ FULL STORY
The final few minutes of last month’s season finale of Parks of Recreation catapulted its characters all the way into 2017, leaving viewers with binders and binders of questions about what happens next. And while they might be wondering about the future on the show, they no longer are speculating about the future of the show: NBC announced last week that the upcoming seventh season of the much-loved, smart-and-sweet local government comedy would be its very last, with the final 13 episodes getting a midseason debut. Why is Parks coming to an end now? What can you expect from the final season? Is there any chance of a spin-off? EW sought answers to these questions and more from series co-creator/executive producer Michael Schur. READ FULL STORY
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