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 Up, I 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.
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'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 SpoilerRoom@ew.com 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 VAMPIRE DIARIES': STEFAN CHANNELS… JACK BAUER AND CHUCK NORRIS?
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
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
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
On tonight’s episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, ominously titled “The Trial of Leslie Knope,” our dedicated deputy director must appear before an ethics committee to take responsibility for her clandestine relationship with Ben. Among the witnesses slated to testify during the proceedings is a man named Jerry Gergich… IF SUCH A MAN EVEN EXISTS!
Sorry for the dramatic all-caps treatment, but as you can see in the clip below, we are about to learn something shocking about our resident office punching bag, a secret that has remained hidden for years and years (because no one bothered to ask). If you can’t wait until tonight to watch Leslie learn the truth about the G-Man, press play and share in her horror.
Amy Poehler’s Leslie and Adam Scott’s Ben may be hell-bent on finding a way to build a romantic future together, but that doesn’t mean she won’t be visited by someone from her romantic past. Louis C.K. is set to guest-star again on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, reprising his role as ex-boyfriend Dave Sanderson, an even-tempered cop who asked Leslie to move to San Diego with him in season 2. (TVLine first reported the news.)
The episode featuring C.K., who currently stars in his own FX comedy, Louie, will air later this season.
'Glee,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Parenthood,' 'The Secret Circle': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Many, many scoops today. So let’s get to it.
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‘GLEE': LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX
It’s hard to know where to begin talking about one of Glee‘s most anticipated episodes of the year. Thankfully, that’s not my problem, because I took your burning questions to resident Gleek lord Tim Stack, who offered up these monster teases! If you didn’t get a chance to submit any, you’re probably not following me on Twitter! Don’t miss out next time! READ FULL STORY
There are a few certainties in Pawnee: Ron Swanson will choose meat over meetings. Jerry Gergich will serve as blame magnet. And Tom Haverford will like his chances with any attractive woman within a 50-mile radius. Indeed, one of the many comedic joys of NBC’s Parks and Recreation is watching Aziz Ansari’s tycoon-in-training — a local government staffer turned blinged-out CEO of (the now-bankrupt) Entertainment 720 — attempt to pick up fine females with absurd pickup lines gleaned from the hip-hop high rollers he worships.
“The design of that character was originally that he was constantly hitting on women but he was married,” says executive producer Mike Schur. “We knew from the beginning that the marriage to Wendy [Jama Williamson] was going to be a green-card marriage, and that it wouldn’t be as awful and jerky as it seemed. But once we lined it up with the comedy machine of Aziz Ansari and let him go — and played out that story and she left the show — it was like, ‘We’re not going to stop having that guy hit on women.’ It’s too enjoyable to watch.” READ FULL STORY
Is a half-hour of Parks and Recreation on Thursday nights not enough to satisfy your comedy craving? Then take joy in the news that extra laughs are coming your way: EW has learned that NBC.com will debut five webisodes of the comedy — call them Lil’ Sebastian-sized, if you will — after the East Coast broadcast of tonight’s episode, “End of the World,” which sets up the story for these online-only installments, a first for the show. (UPDATE: The webisodes are now available. See below.)
Check out the following clip to get a taste of the road-trip adventure embarked upon by April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt). Highlights include a disgusting bottle, a visit to a nondescript patch of land that Andy believes is the Four Corners, and a spider that scares April out of the car. (“She has that arachno-cornocopia thing,” he explains.) READ FULL STORY
Alloy adds 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Parks and Recreation,' and 'Pretty Little Liars' alums to cast of web series 'Dating Rules'
Alloy Entertainment — the minds behind teen series Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, The Secret Circle, and many more — is currently producing a new web series, Dating Rules From My Future Self, which is adding several new cast members. EW has exclusively learned that Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries), Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation), Mircea Monroe (Episodes), and Bryce Johnson (Pretty Little Liars) have joined the cast alongside the sole star so far, Life Unexpected‘s Shiri Appleby (pictured here), who is also producing with Alloy’s Josh Bank, Bob Levy, and Tripp Reed.
The nine-episode series — which will premiere in January — is being directed by Elizabeth Allen (90210, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl) and is an original concept from Alloy that follows a 29-year-old woman (Appleby) who gets text messages from herself 10 years in the future that serve as warnings that she has to change her dating tactics or she’ll end up alone and unhappy. Dating Rules is Alloy’s sixth web series, and the company is currently webcasting First Day 2: First Dance and Wendy.
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