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'Bob's Burgers': See Aziz Ansari play a nerdy gamer who schools Bob -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On Parks and Recreation, Aziz Ansari stars as someone who (would like to believe that he) has plenty of game. On Bob’s Burgers, Ansari will guest-star as someone who plays plenty of games. For this Sunday’s episode of the animated Fox comedy, Ansari (left) lends his voice to Darryl, a geeky kid and video game expert who agrees to teach Bob how to master Burger Boss after Bob’s restaurant rival, Jimmy Pesto, insults Bob on the high-score leaderboard. The lessons don’t come for free, though: Daryl wants Bob to beat up his 12-year-old bully, Tyler. Can Darryl help Bob get past Level 29 using an unconventional/disturbing stance? Will Bob make hamburger meat out of a bully? Press play for your preview.

'Parks and Recreation': Sean Hayes insults Pawnee! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Parks and Recreation gang are no strangers to guest appearances by Will & Grace cast members: Tammy 2 (Megan Mullally) has long terrorized the one-and-only Ron (her real-life husband, Nick Offerman). Thursday night on NBC, they will Jack it up a notch as Sean Hayes guest-stars as Buddy Wood, a big shot talk-show host from Indianapolis who interviews Leslie (Amy Poehler) about the city council race. Turns out, he’s not exactly the biggest fan of Pawnee, which he refers to as the “home of the Sweetums Candy Corporation, 19 toxic waste repositories, and not much else.” Can a flustered Leslie change his mind? Check out their on-camera encounter at the sad-sack Pawnee Municipal Airport after the jump. If you’re looking for another reason to tune in tomorrow, know this: Offerman wrote the episode. And for more scoop, see our report on the 15 essential takeaways from the Parks and Recreation PaleyFest panel.


'Parks and Recreation' at PaleyFest: 15 essential takeaways from the cast and producers

It was a laugh a minute from the moment the PaleyFest panel for NBC’s Parks and Recreation began last night at Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre. The first 22 minutes, in fact, were especially hilarious, considering that the time was filled with a screening of this Thursday’s new episode of the comedy, titled “Lucky,” which was notable because it was written by series star Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson.

The episode was focused largely around an interview that Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) was supposed to do with a scandal-obsessed host played — rather memorably — by Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes (see an EW exclusive clip of the episode now). And Donna (Retta) spends some gut-busting time with Jerry (Jim O’Heir).

But, on to the topic at hand: last night’s Parks and Recreation panel! Because Parks was added to the Paley line-up rather last-minute — a panel for The Office was canceled last week — several of the show’s cast members weren’t there. Poehler, Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer), Retta, and O’Heir cleverly toted cardboard cutouts of their missing castmates — Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, and Rob Lowe — onto the stage as a gag. Poehler explained that they didn’t bring a cutout of Offerman because he was shooting a movie in nearby Burbank, Calif., and was going to try to make it, however last minute, to the theater. (Offerman, however, never did show up.) Producer and director Dean Holland, executive producer and writer Daniel Goor, and series creator Mike Schur also appeared on the stage.

There’s no need to bore you with a complete tick-tock of the night — plus, you’ll be able to watch a stream of the entire panel on Hulu after the PaleyFest is over on March 15. So here are 15 important takeaways — everything from the possibility of a season 5 and when Paul Rudd will return to whether Pratt’s wife, Anna Faris, will guest and why Retta loves Twilight (oh yes) — from the lovely evening:


'Parks and Recreation': Is Jerry Gergich only 16 years old? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

What do the Winter Olympics, the Summer Olympics, the World Cup, the U.S. presidential election, and Jerry Gergich’s birthday have in common?  That’s right, they all happen just once every four years. On Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), you will learn that poor Jerry (Jim O’Heir) rarely gets to celebrate his actual b-day because he was a Leap Year baby. And given that he’s turning 64, this year technically would be his Super Sweet 16, so Leslie (Amy Poehler) isn’t going to let this pass without a bash — literal and figurative. (As she reminds us: “Four years from now, who knows? He might be retired… or dead.”) Click on the video to find out what surprises may be in store for the G-Man as well as what secret Donna’s been keeping. And don’t forget to make your long-range prediction for Jerry in our poll. Tom will swing by later to collect your money. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' star Nick Offerman to guest on 'The Cleveland Show' -- EXCLUSIVE

On NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman plays a hands-off boss, but he’ll be playing a different kind of man in charge later this year. It may not even be spring yet, but Offerman already has recorded a guest spot for the Christmas episode of The Cleveland Show, voicing a sexist, philandering department-store owner who requires the female elves (including Roberta) to don hot pants to attract customers. “He’s very handsome and gassy,” Offerman tells EW. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Ron, Ben, and Andy... and a lot of whipped cream -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Valentine’s Day — or should I say, Galentine’s Day — arrives a little early this year. On Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 8:30 p.m.), Leslie sets out on a Cupid-like mission to put some hearts above single Ann’s head, but she also winds up putting more than a few question marks above boyfriend Ben’s when she sends him on a most difficult scavenger hunt. In the clip below, you can sneak a peek at what happens when Ben enlists the aid of Ron, who claims to “hate riddles and other such nonsense,” and Andy, who matches wits with a can of whipped cream (or as Leslie would say, “no food finer”). Press play and get a clue. READ FULL STORY

Watch Adam Scott excel at Claymation, depression on this week's 'Parks and Recreation' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Romney. Gingrich. Huntsman. Perry. Paul. There are so many names floating around the world of politics, we’re just going to say Knope to it all this week. After a month-long hiatus, Parks and Recreation returns to NBC on Thursday with a new episode, “The Comeback Kid,” in which City Council candidate Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) tries to kick-start her campaign with a flashy event. Meanwhile, someone very close to Leslie is launching his own campaign. Of sadness. And it may require an intervention. You see, Ben (Adam Scott) seems to have found a new mate and she goes by the name of Clay. Press play below and ask yourself: Do you think a depressed person could make that?


Paul Rudd to guest on 'Parks and Recreation'

Forget New Hampshire — the political scene in Indiana just got a whole lot more interesting: Yes, Paul Rudd will be the one facing down Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) for that coveted city council seat in Pawnee. The film actor (Knocked UpI Love You, Man) has signed on to guest star in multiple episodes of NBC’s Parks and Recreation as a candidate who’s a well-known figure in Pawnee, EW has confirmed. (Vulture first reported news of Rudd’s casting.) His first episode is slated to air January 19. The network declined to comment.

'Parks and Recreation': Amy Poehler's campaign billboard revealed -- PHOTO

Want to see Leslie Knope’s campaign billboard?

Amy Poehler’s character announced earlier this season that she’s running for city council. NBC just unveiled this at the network’s press tour event in Pasadena (we’ll have full coverage of the network’s panels today)… Check it out: READ FULL STORY

'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Justified,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'White Collar': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Welcome back, friends! Hope the holidays were as fattening for you as they were for me.

As winter hiatus comes to a close, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. (Although, I hope you still enjoyed the special Once Upon a Time edition of Spoiler Room that was served up last week!) And this week, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, I hope. If not, there’s a simple way to solve that: Hit me up! E-mail or Tweet me @EWSandraG. And if you don’t see your question, keep trying! (I do read them all!)

Enjoy, and it’s truly lovely to be back in the swing of things! (Side note: Anyone else sort of love what’s going on in this week’s Spoiler Room blend? Now that’s a trio!)

The year 2011 hasn’t been the easiest for Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Co., on The Vampire Diaries, and, as Julie Plec told Mandi Bierly, the first new episode of the season doesn’t do much to indicate changing winds in 2012. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: The best, worst, and most overrated shows of 2011: Plus, what we're jazzed about for 2012, and 'Survivor' picks!

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It’s that time of year. The time to start panicking because you have yet to begin your holiday shopping? Well, yes, but it’s also the time when we here at the InsideTV Podcast take a moment to reflect back on the year in television. What were our favorite shows? What good show had a bad season? What series is completely overrated? And which new shows scored and bored? Dan Snierson, Jessica Shaw, and I give our controversial picks, and also peek ahead to 2012 to name the shows we’re most looking forward to watching next year. (Hint: One of the picks is in the photo above.) READ FULL STORY

AFI's top 10 TV shows: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Louie' in; 'Glee' out

The American Film Institute has been releasing a top 10 movie list since 2000, yet one more volley in the heady awards season hullabaloo. But since 2001, the AFI has also released a list of its top television programs of the year, and their selections have often recognized shows overlooked by other awards groups, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, and Party Down.

This year’s list recognizes several shows for the first time, including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Homeland, FX’s Justified and Louie, and CBS’ The Good Wife. Notably absent: Fox’s Glee, which was on the ’09 and ’10 lists; AMC’s The Walking Dead, which made last year’s list; and any miniseries or made-for-TV movies, which usually make up a healthy portion of the list.

Check out the full top 10 below:  READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' stars invade 'Bob Burgers': Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman to guest -- EXCLUSIVE

A pair of Parks and Recreation stars are cooking up some comedy in the world of animation: Both Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman have recorded guest spots on Bob’s Burgers, EW has learned exclusively. In an upcoming episode, Ansari voices a geeky teenage gamer who mentors Bob on a game called Burger Boss in exchange for Bob’s help with a bully problem. READ FULL STORY


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