Last season on Parks and Recreation, the men of Pawnee wound up at Lucas Oil Stadium as part of Andy’s dream bachelor party. In the first of Thursday’s back-to-back episodes (8 p.m., NBC), our gang returns to the home field of the Indianapolis Colts, and this time the women are playing along too. As part of the NFL’s campaign to promote one hour a day of physical activity for children, Leslie (Amy Poehler) arranges for 100 Pawnee kids to meet the Colts players. What happens when Leslie hits the field with wide receiver Reggie Wayne, April (Aubrey Plaza) encounters quarterback Andrew Luck, and Donna (Retta) is approached by linebacker Robert Mathis? Click below to find out.
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Spoiler Alert: Do not read below if you do not want to know the results of Pawnee’s recall election.
“Too close to call.” “A nail-biter.” “A bitter battle to the very end.” These were all the things Leslie Knope’s recall election was NOT. In a landslide vote, reported by local newsman Perd Hapley, Leslie Knope was officially recalled from office.
It was a sad day for the plucky public servant. A sad day for the Parks department. And a sad day for America, really. And as we saw, Leslie didn’t take the news well. She drowned her sorrows with booze and had what we’ll call an near-unfortunate tattoo experience. But she’ll bounce back from this personal and professional blow, right? As Leslie would say, absotutely.
“I think there’s a lot of comedy coming up,” said Amy Poehler, who spoke with reporters after a screening of the episodes earlier this week. “We had a lot of fun with what she does as a dead man walking.”
In fact, the next two episodes will largely focus on the “massive ticking clock” on Leslie’s time as a councilwoman, according to exec producer Mike Schur. As mentioned in tonight’s episode, she has 30 days left in office, and Schur says she intends to use them to their fullest potential, leading up to January’s 100th episode, which is “literally about her final hours as a city councilwoman.”
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Leslie Knope is in the fight of her life in the first of two new episodes of Parks and Recreation airing tonight: She’s filibustering in roller skates.
And as you might guess, the storyline was directly inspired by that other famous filibustering female — Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who in June famously staged an 11-hour filibuster in an effort to block a bill that would place strict restrictions on abortion.
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Remember last Friday, when NBC announced a rejiggered primetime schedule for Wednesdays and Thursdays through the rest of the year? A bunch of holiday-themed SNL specials are in; Welcome to the Family and Ironside are out.
It wasn’t until today that analysts realized that shuffled schedule hid one more nugget of information: As Vulture has noted, the Peacock has effectively put Parks and Recreation on hiatus until 2014.
Only four more episodes of Parks will air in 2013, two on Nov. 14 and two on Nov. 21. (One of the Nov. 14 episodes is Halloween-themed; maybe Greg Pikitis is behind this mischief?) The rest of Parks‘ normal Thursday 8 p.m. timeslots will be filled by episodes of The Voice, football games, and a variety of specials, including SNL‘s Halloween clip show, back-from-the-dead a cappella competition The Sing-Off, and NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music, starring Carrie Underwood. Parks is currently slated to return Jan. 9.
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ABC’s frothy amateur detective drama Hart to Hart had plenty of fans during its five-season run — but nobody loves it more than Parks and Recreation stars Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. Earlier this year, these superfans painstakingly recreated Hart‘s cheese-tastic opening credits sequence for Scott’s second Greatest Event in Television History special.
So naturally, when EW decided to reunite Hart stars Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, we figured that Poehler and Scott would be the perfect hosts for the event.
Watch Wagner and Powers reminisce about their killer chemistry and styling — Powers did her own hair! — in the video below, courtesy of Good Morning America. Want even more Hart? Head over to Facebook, where fans of EW’s page can unlock an exclusive video of Poehler and Scott seeing if Wagner and Powers remember some of the series’ craziest plotlines — from a dog kennel filled with cocaine to Jonathan and Jennifer being trapped in a “weather chamber.”
'Parks and Recreation' premiere: The footage that you DIDN'T get to see of Andy at Stonehenge -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Last night’s delightful season premiere of Parks and Recreation took us all the way to England, where Leslie (Amy Poehler) was celebrated for her achievements in local government. It was a bittersweet episode, of course, as we only got to see a few seconds of a disoriented Andy (Chris Pratt) at Stonehenge. If only that scene were a little long— what’s that? There are another 74 seconds of footage from that (pre)historic encounter?
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Patton Oswalt recently staged a master filibuster on Parks and Recreation, and now he’s getting fired up over an arson case.
EW has learned that the comedian will guest-star as Fire Marshal Boone on Fox’s new police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine (which was created by Parks executive producers Michael Schur and Dan Goor). In the episode, which is slated to air later this year, Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) investigates a suspicious fire and winds up crossing paths and butting heads with Boone. As it turns out, the two have a history of not enjoying each other.
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Knope, you don’t have to wait much longer to witness Leslie’s overseas adventures in the season 6 premiere of Parks and Recreation. In the hour-long episode, which airs Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. on NBC, Leslie (Amy Poehler) & Co. journey to London so she can receive a women-in-government award from an international organization. Also being honored: Ulee Danssen, a small-town mayor from Denmark, played by Heidi Klum. Press play to witness the moment that Leslie meets Ulee, and revel in her symmetry.
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Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher are teaming up to clean up the streets with a new weapon: Laughter. From the producers of beloved small-town-government comedy Parks and Recreation comes the promising big-city-cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an ensemble show starring Samberg as Jake Peralta, a young detective whose gift for solving cases is rivaled by his talent for clowning around, something that displeases his straitlaced, straight-faced new boss, Captain Ray Holt (Braugher). In EW’s Fall TV Preview issue, we visited the Brooklyn Nine-Nine set and spent some time interrogating the new partners in comedy crime before their big debut on Fox tonight at 8:30 p.m. Our critics have also named the show one of the best new series of the fall. Before you race to the newsstand to pick up the issue, though, step out of the vehicle and slowly place your hands on the scroll bar to check out these bonus quotes from the cast and series creators Michael Schur and Dan Goor.
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InsideTV Podcast: Stars from 'New Girl,' 'Orphan Black,' 'Scandal,' 'Fringe,' 'Parks and Recreation' call in to thank fans
The 6th Annual EWwy Awards — in which readers on EW.com vote for the most egregious Emmy snubs in the 10 key categories — got the royal treatment this year. We announced the winners live on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) and we had some very special guests to help us with the festivities. That’s right, several of the winners called into the show to formally accept their awards, thank the fans who voted for them, and slip a few spoilers about upcoming plotlines on their shows. The call-in sheet reads like a primetime all-star lineup. Joining the show were:
Amy Poehler (with Adam Scott in the background) (Best Comedy Series, Parks & Recreation)
Zooey Deschanel (Best Actress in a Comedy, New Girl)
Jake Johnson (Best Actor in a Comedy, New Girl)
Showrunners John Fawcett and Graeme Manson (Best Drama, Orphan Black)
Tatiana Maslany (Best Actress in a Drama, Orphan Black)
Tony Goldwyn (Best Actor in a Drama, Scandal)
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Vacation is over. Time to kick off the Fall TV season in style!
Step one: Pick up this monster of an issue. Step two: Program DVR(s). Step 3: Enjoy the scoop below! Step 4: Send me your burning questions (email@example.com)
‘BONES': FOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED
+ Tease a cute Bones/Booth moment! — Rita
The end of the premiere is very touching. Watching Bones deal with her hurt feelings throughout the episode is hard (especially since Emily Deschanel is so good!) but it’s worth it for the ending.
+ Anything you can tell me about Pelant’s demise? — Cassie
Here’s what I can say: In the premiere, you don’t SEE Pelant, but his presence is so foreboding that a paranoid person might start looking at every piece of electronics in their house with a raised eyebrow. Meanwhile, anyone looking to buy some electronics?
+ How much do we see Freddie Prinze Jr. in the premiere? Did you like him? — Farrah
He doesn’t have a huge amount of screen time in the first episode, but we are introduced to the character, knowing he’ll be back at some point. (By the end of the hour, he owes Booth a favor!) And with such a small amount of screen time, it’s hard to read this character, but I like what I see so far. He’s almost seems like alt-Booth — almost how I imagine Booth had he not found Brennan and the Squints. If that makes sense.
+ Any teases for episodes beyond the premiere or the wedding? — Val
In the second episode — which, as previously reported, takes place at a couples retreat — there’s a sweat lodge scene. #thankyouproducers As for the wedding, this affair won’t be rushed. We’ll see a reception. There’s lots of returns. (Ryan O’Neal! Ty Panitz! Cyndi Lauper!) And, duh, a ceremony!
‘CHICAGO FIRE': FIVE PREMIERE TEASES!
Chicago Fire fans should be excited about the season to come. Why? I’ll give you FIVE reasons…
+ The episode takes place on Casey’s first day back after taking a trip to clear his head. He’s still struggling with the death of Hallie but he’s not as bad as when we last saw him depressed and disheveled. So are things looking up for him? Not exactly. By the end of the episode, he’s going to find himself very close to a situation that promises more headache-inducing situations. Can’t this guy catch a break?
+ One of the firefighters betrays his colleagues in what they believe to be a big way. It’s actually more hilarious than serious.
+ Michelle Forbes is deliciously evil in the role of Gail McLeod, a ball-busting consultant who is charged with keeping an eye on the firehouse. Gail is also the lady charged with deciding which firehouses are due for closure because of budget cuts. Her first interaction with Boden will leave you worried about Firehouse 51.
+ We learn one of the characters is being targeted! Like, someone-wants-you-dead targeted.
+ One of the crew is going to run for union president! I love the character the writers picked to lead this storyline. Guesses?
‘SUITS': SARAH RAFFERTY TEASES THE FINALE
This season of Suits has been a rollercoaster ride of the best kind — both in terms of the relationships on the show and in terms of the larger arc about the firm as a business. And if Sarah Rafferty is to be believed, the finale will be a fitting ending to a twist-filled season. In the episode, airing Tuesday, the firm will still be reeling from the divorce with Darby, and on top of that, dealing with the lawsuit brought against them by Ava Hessington. “For better or worse, everyone has to come together and deal with that,” teases Rafferty.
But it’s not all drama, she says. “I can tell you there are some surprising, warm moments,” she says, “but just when you’re sinking into that great feeling of warm fuzziness, you’re kind of slammed with a bit of a revelation that you’re going to have to wait to find out [more] about in the winter premiere.” That’s right, there’s a cliffhanger. Surprise! (Not really.)
Elsewhere, look for Donna to have a really great scene with Stephen Huntley that takes place in prison, as seen in the promo. “You get a chance to see Donna have a little bit of closure,” she says.
A well-known Pawnee resident is going to visit Springfield this season.
Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler will reprise her role as Bart’s future ex-wife in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, executive producer Al Jean tells EW. In the installment, which is set 30 years from now, Jenda (Poehler) is dating a crab-like alien creature and … she’s still not getting along with Bart. “Bart is trying to get over his divorce and he does it in a bit of a Total Recall-type way,” Jean says of the episode. “I won’t give away what happens, but that’s a clue.”
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