From Sochi to Pawnee we go: Now that the crying Olympic bear has gone back into hibernation, the rabid racoons can come out of hiding, and Parks and Recreation can return to the air. Tonight at 8:30 p.m., NBC’s beloved small-town government comedy kicks off the second half of its sixth — and not final — season.
While the midseason finale, “Ann and Chris,” saw the departure of Leslie’s best friend, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), and City Manager Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe), our former city councilwoman (Amy Poehler) will see the arrival of a few new challenges in the second half of the season, the first episode of which will solidify the unsturdy union between Pawnee and Eagleton. “There’s a big dramatic tension of: Is this going to work or not?” says executive producer Michael Schur. “Her arc for the rest of the year begins with her thinking, ‘I set this in motion, I have to make sure that it works. I’ve got to figure out a way to hold this together and not let the town fracture again.'” It sounds like Ms. Knope also will be presented with a career opportunity or two in the first few episodes. “Projects get going. Options emerge for her future,” says Schur. “It is a little bit of a push-pull between ‘I started this and I need to finish it’ but also ‘It’s incredibly time-consuming to do that and I don’t know if I want to spend the rest of my life making sure that Pawnee and Eagleton stay merged.'” Schur dropped more valuable hints about the rest of the season (and beyond), which you can pick up below. READ FULL STORY