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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Yes, Perd Hapley of 'Parks and Rec' was on 'Revenge' last night: We chat with TV's hardest-working fake newscaster
Buried within Sunday’s crazypants Revenge finale was a glorious Easter egg for devoted TV watchers: a newscast delivered by none other than Perd Hapley, a.k.a. Pawnee, Indiana’s most beloved TV personality.
Well, sort of. Perd, of course, isn’t real — he’s played by Jay Jackson, who’s delivered fictional news reports on series including Scandal, Dexter, The Mentalist, The Closer, and Body of Proof, not to mention movies like Battleship and Fast Five. Look at Jackson’s IMDB page, in fact, and you’ll find that he’s played a reporter nearly every single time he’s appeared onscreen.
Why is that? Simple: Jay Jackson actually was a professional reporter for many years, with an impressive broadcast resume that includes stops at various local stations in Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as two prestigious Golden Mike awards. (He hasn’t, however, won an individual Emmy, despite what the Internet may have you believe: “I was part of a newscast that won a Best Newscast Emmy in 1997. Some reporters claim that as an Emmy win, but I don’t,” he explains to EW. “I think a promoter put that on a flyer some time ago and it’s just been going around.”)
How did Jackson go from real-life Ron Burgundy to fake newsman extraordinaire? EW called him to find out. READ FULL STORY
And finally, the last drama on the bubble for the 2013-14 season has a sort-of happy ending: NBC’s Parenthood will return for a sixth season. The not-good news for the fan-favorite family drama: Parenthood‘s order is for a 13-episode final season. NBC also announced that Parks and Recreation, which was already expected to return, will have its final season too (details).
The announcement was made as part of NBC’s fall schedule reveal, which you can find here.
The odds were ever in Parenthood‘s favor for a return in some fashion. Though the show only averaged 6.4 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 this season, its lead-ins like The Michael J. Fox Show fared much worse, which made Parenthood‘s ability to kinda support a time period seem heroic, especially against one of the top-rated dramas on TV — ABC’s Scandal. READ FULL STORY
'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
Tonight on Parks and Recreation, a concert will be staged, a decision will be made, and a First Lady will be portrayed (by herself). The season 6 finale, titled “Moving Up” (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), is a double-sized episode that doesn’t skimp on guest stars or plot twists. “It was like being at Lollapalooza… for nerds,” Adam Scott tells EW. Raves Chris Pratt: “They were able to write an episode that leaves us in a place that is going to be really, really insane to pick up from… and fun… Totally different. And new and exciting.”
Click on the video below to watch the Parks cast offer up their best finale teases — some of them cryptic and perhaps, a few of them not entirely factual. READ FULL STORY
Parks and Recreation will unveil its season finale next Thursday, and it will be filled with all sorts of guest stars, from musical (Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, the returning Jeff Tweedy) to political (First Lady Michelle Obama) to mystery (???). One name you can add to the list from the comedy world: Workaholics star Blake Anderson. 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
'Parks and Recreation': See April and Andy head off to prom, say goodbye to April's 'parents' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
On Thursday night’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), Leslie & Co. try to keep the party alive when the senior prom is scrapped due to school budget cuts necessitated by the Pawnee/Eagleton merger. Andy (Chris Pratt) manages to persuade April (Aubrey Plaza) to attend the big dance with him, but before they can embark on an evening of adolescent adventure — he in turquoise bow tie and cummerbund, she in… a 19th-century mourning dress? — they’ll need to check in with April’s mom and dad. Thing is, Larry and Rita Ludgate don’t look quite the same as the last time we saw them. See for yourself in the clip 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
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