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'Parks and Recreation': Come inside April and Andy's Halloween party! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There will be no new episode of Parks and Recreation tonight (trick!). But we have a preview clip from next Thursday’s episode to tide you over (treat!). As you’ve probably guessed from that photo, the plot revolves around Halloween: Andy and April throw a costume party, during which Andy is shirtless (as former UFC champ Chuck Liddell) and Ben is mirthless (as himself). Press play with those salty fingers and then speculate wildly about Ron Swanson’s possible attire. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural,' 'Fringe,' 'House,' 'Gossip Girl': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Friday, friends!

I’ve had a long and exhausting week trolling the sets of your favorite shows in rainy (but completely lovely) Vancouver, and it’s paid off. Not only have I walked away from my travels with a new love for all things (and people) Canadian, but I come back to my motherland with plenty of TV bounty.

And before you dig in, remember to send me your questions about everything you’re watching. From the highly acclaimed (Good Wife?) to the pleasantly culty (Vampire Diaries?), I want to hear what’s on your brains. Send all queries to and remember, as always, to follow me on Twitter (@EWSandraG) for the latest.


'Parks and Recreation': Leslie shows off her new book -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Leslie Knope: Best-selling author in the making? In Thursday’s episode, titled “Born and Raised,” Leslie faces a little adversity while attempting to promote her all-about-Pawnee book. But in this clip, she proudly presents signed copies of her work to the staff. Come for the insult of Jerry, stay for the fist-bump shared between Chris and Tom.  READ FULL STORY

'Charlie's Angels' loses flight; 'How to Be a Gentleman' struggles

The competition took a beating Thursday because of The X Factor, which gave FOX a win in adults 18-49 (3.9 rating/10 share) and another chance to boast about its domination (like, how its the first time ever that Fox has won the first two Thursdays of the season). The two-hour show averaged 11.9 million, according to early results.

Charlie’s Angels took a direct hit on ABC — earning a mere 1.5/4, which was down 29 percent versus last week. It averaged 7.1 million. Grey’s Anatomy suffered but not too terribly; it earned a 3.5/9 (10 million) but was still down 15 percent. Most of the damage was heaped upon Kate Walsh and the return of Private Practice, which earned a 2.8/8 (and 7.8 million) and logged its lowest-rated premiere ever. READ FULL STORY

'Glee,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' '90210,' 'Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s about that time again.

And I’m particularly excited going into this weekend because I’m days away from making my maiden voyage to Canada. (No, not to track the history of Robin Sparkles.) That’s right, my little maple leaves, I’m headed north to visit the sets of Once Upon a Time, Alcatraz, Supernatural, and The Secret Circle. Exciting, right? So send me your questions for the stars of those shows ASAP!

And remember to be sending me your questions (via e-mail or Twitter!) on shows new and returning, reactions to buzzy episodes of your favorite shows, and your general ponderings! (Y’all had a great batch of questions this week!) Until next week!


It’s no secret I’ve been mildly obsessed with How I Met Your Mother lately. And judging by the caliber and depth of your questions, I’m not alone! So while chatting with creator Carter Bays about last week’s episode, I threw in a few of your questions as well! The fruits of your labors are below! READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Read Ron Swanson's nature diary, excerpted from 'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope has done a lot of an ambitious things in her lifetime — construct her own Geraldine Ferraro popsicle stick action figure, eat more than a thousand dollars of waffles in one year at J.J.’s Diner  – but now our optimistic parks department deputy director has outdone herself: She’s written a book all about Pawnee, Ind.!

Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, which hits stores Oct. 4, is a complete history of the not-quite-vibrant town made famous on the NBC comedy. (Fans of the show will remember that Leslie had referenced such an opus in season 3’s “Time Capsule” episode.) “It’s a Let’s Go‑type travel guide to Pawnee, mixed with a historical record of everything that’s ever happened in the town,” explains executive producer Mike Schur. “But the premise of the book is that she also got her friends to contribute. So Andy writes about the old Pawnee-versus-Eagleton high school football rivalry, and Ann writes about the 10 weirdest injuries she’s seen working at the hospital. And Leslie can’t stop herself. The book’s got 200 footnotes. There’s an author’s note, a forward, and an acknowledgements page. And a second acknowledgements page. And an epigraph. And then another [two pages] of epigraphs. It might be the craziest tie‑in book project ever attempted, because it’s the entire history of a medium-sized town, but written from the point of view of a slightly crazy person.”

Want a hit of Pawnee lit? EW has secured two exclusive excerpts from the book. You will find the first, “April’s Guide to Hipster Pawnee,”  in this week’s issue, which arrives on stands today. The second, “The Solitude of Nature: A Diary,” was reluctantly submitted by Ron Swanson, which as he notes, was “typed on an Underwood 5 typewriter with original carriage return that I found in a dumpster and completely restored.” Read it below at your own risk, and not just because he calls Thoreau “kind of a p—y.” READ FULL STORY

Thursday ratings: 'Charlie's Angels' modest, 'X Factor' steady

Premiere explosion Thursday unveiled 10 season debuts, plus several crucial second episodes of the fall. Some initial first-glance key results: ABC’s Charlie’s Angels opened modestly with 8.7 million viewers and a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, the second night of Fox’s The X Factor held nearly steady with 12.5 million viewers and a 4.3 rating, and NBC’s Prime Suspect disappointed with 6 million and 1.8.

Let’s go network by network and break this down. Fox won the night with X Factor (the first time its won a premiere week Thursday in the network’s history, in fact), off by only a tenth of a point from Wednesday night rating. Showing this strong retention for the second episode is definitely good news for Fox and Simon Cowell.

On CBS, a one-hour Big Bang Theory (14.4 million, 4.9) was stable with last fall’s premiere and also won the night. The premiere of J.J. Abrams’ new thriller Person of Interest (13.2 million, 3.1) had a solid number, but was down 9 percent from the debut of CSI in the time period last year. At 10 p.m., the return of The Mentalist (13.3 million, 2.8) was off 18 percent from last fall, despite its Red John finale cliffhanger. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': A celebration of every ill-fated exploit of Jerry Gergich

In just a few short hours, Parks and Recreation will return to NBC with its fourth season premiere, which means, to borrow a phrase from Leslie Knope, “Yay! Making fun of Jerry is back!” Indeed, one of the many reasons to love this underdog local-government comedy lies in the portrayal of Jerry Gergich (played to resigned perfection by Jim O’Heir*), a human punching bag who has a true talent for botching words (“murinal”), bumbling into trouble (coffee, meet face), and just being the wrong person at the wrong time.

Perhaps it’s little surprise to learn that the Parks department employee who once bent over during a presentation to find his misplaced glasses, only to wind up splitting his pants and farting, serves as prime humor fodder for the show’s writers. “Jim is a very likable actor, so it’s endlessly fun to take a completely inoffensive person and turn them into an object of complete and utter ridicule,” shares executive producer Mike Schur. “More than any other kind of joke, we’ve had to take ‘Jerry is a moron’ jokes out of our scripts because it’s just too easy to write them. If we had allowed every Jerry joke we’ve ever written to be in the script, the show would be called Screw You, Jerry.”  READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': See April counsel Andy in tomorrow's season premiere! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation and are eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s season 4 premiere (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), then we literally have the perfect gift for you. Yes, it’s a scene from that episode, featuring one of TV’s funniest couples, April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt). Press play to see April juggle jobs as acting manager of the Parks department and life manager for Andy, as he tries to figure out whether he should go work for Tom (Aziz Ansari) at 720 Entertainment. And if you try telling us that you’re too busy to watch it right now, then we declare everything that you are saying is stupid. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Exec producer Mike Schur gives you a season 4 preview!

Scramble up some pre-birds, assemble a tray of zerts, and grab a couple of food rakes: It’s finally time to dig into the fourth season of Parks and Recreation. But before you reconnect with your favorite local government employees this Thursday at 8:30 p.m., check out what exec producer Mike Schur revealed to EW about the upcoming action.

• Leslie must choose between two loves.

“Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) realize that if she’s running for office and anyone in town finds out that she’s sleeping with Ben, who’s essentially her boss, that’s the kind of thing that can really sink a campaign. She attacks the problem from every angle and comes to the conclusion that there’s no way to have a relationship and to follow her dream of running for office. So, the premiere is about her trying to make a decision about which one she wants to do. The first half of the year is about her living with that decision and trying to imagine the road not taken…. The last scene in the premiere is the everything-comes-to-a-head scene with Ben and Leslie. It’s a very interesting, fraught scene. And it was Grade-A acting on both of their parts.  I’m really excited to see how people react.” READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'House': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Welcome to Spoiler Room: Jen’s Edition. Kidding. But also not really. After wrapping up today’s column, I realized I chose four questions from people named Jen. I promise you, this is not an act of favoritism. But now I’m really curious how many of you are out there.

Regardless, if you ask, I’ll answer. So get askin’! Send your questions, ponderings, new show scoop requests, and post-premiere reactions to And if many of your names happen to be Jen, fantastic. (Your move, Sarahs.)


I can’t tell you how often I get harassed lovingly asked for Meredith and Derek scoop, and after sitting through next week’s two-hour premiere with my mouth hanging open for 80 minutes (two hours, minus commercials), here’s what you’re going to get out of me on Mer/Der, Crowen, and Alex (who is sans nickname because he’s all alone. Poor Alex). READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, and Julianna Margulies headline Emmy presenters

Some of television’s most celebrated talents will present awards at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Nominees Will Arnett (guest actor on 30 Rock), Julianna Margulies, Amy Poehler and Sofia Vergara will share the stage with host Jane Lynch to hand out some hardware, as will high-profile new TV stars Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men). The shows airs live on FOX on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

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'Parks and Recreation' season 4: Tammy 1 and Tammy 0 face off with [SPOILER]! -- VIDEO

Something tells me that if Ron Swanson had to choose between facing his first ex-wife Tammy 1, his mom Tammy 0, or a fireball, he’d choose the fireball any day. Unfortunately for Ron, it doesn’t look like he’s going to have much of a choice in the season premiere of Parks and Recreation, when two tremendous forces — Tammy 1 (Patricia Clarkson) and Tammy 0 (Paula Pell) — collide in what looks to be a terrifying event for poor Ron.

“Ron gets neutered and turns into, basically, an infant,” says Amy Poehler of Tammy 1′s arrival in a video sneak peek, available on Amazon. “It’s the creepiest thing that’s happened to Ron. And, I mean, we’ve seen Ron in cornrows.”

And when Ron’s mom arrives on scene, they decide to settle a score with a good ole fashion moonshine drinking contest! I’ll let you watch it in the video, but I can’t tell you how excited this makes me about the Sept. 22 season premiere. Agree, readers?  READ FULL STORY

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