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Emmy Watch: Aziz Ansari talks Tom's Oh-no-nos list

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

Season 4 of NBC’s Parks and Recreation revealed more about the extravagant taste of Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) — both at work, with his doomed business venture Entertainment 720, and at home, with his Diamond Collection bed and breakfast amenities. “It’s always just kinda like, ‘Well, where did he get all this money from to buy all this stuff? It’s never really quite explained,” Ansari says with a laugh. “That’s the fun with all the characters in our show: They’re all very different from what you normally see on TV. They’re weirder than most TV characters, but the more you see into their world, the funnier it is.”

To that end, season 4 also taught us about the things Tom considers potential deal breakers in a relationship. No. 3 on his “Oh-no-nos” list: Not loving ’90s R&B music. He was shocked when Ann (Rashida Jones) didn’t know who Ginuwine is after Donna (Retta) shared that he’s her cousin. Watch a clip below. Ansari takes us inside the scene, which just might help you understand why you and Ann like wannabe playa Tom (even if it’s against your better judgment). READ FULL STORY

'Homeland,' 'Community,' Christina Hendricks among Critics' Choice Award winners

The second annual Critics’ Choice Television Award winners were announced last night, and Homeland was named Best Drama Series, following up its Golden Globe win in January. Claire Danes was named Best Actress for her role in the series (Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito snagged Drama Actor awards). Other big winners included Community for Best Comedy, The Voice for Best Reality Series — Competition, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon for Best Talk Show.

In what is sure to foreshadow an Emmy showdown, funny ladies Amy Poehler and Zooey Deschanel were both named Best Actress in a Comedy Series, with Louis C.K. honored as Best Actor in a Comedy. Emmy winners Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen won for Best Supporting Actor and Actress in a Comedy Series for their work on Modern Family. The only repeat winner from last year, Christina Hendricks won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Mad Men.

Take a look at the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Nick Offerman talks the toughest thing he's had to do as Ron Swanson

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

Four seasons into NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman has turned burly libertarian Ron Swanson into one of TV’s most well-defined characters. It’s impossible to read the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness and not hear his voice in your head, which makes it easy to take Offerman’s deadpan performance for granted. Perhaps that’s why we’re hoping Emmy voters revisit the September 2011 episode “Ron and Tammys,” in which Ron’s first ex-wife, Tammy 1 (guest star Patricia Clarkson), turns him into the anti-Ron Swanson (a “neutered wimp,” to borrow Leslie Knope’s words). Watch a clip below. Offerman reflects on his transformation.  READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Exec producer Michael Schur gives you 10 teasers for tonight's season finale

It’s D-Day. Or rather, E-Day. Will the citizens of Pawnee reward Leslie Knope’s hard work with a plush city council seat on election day, or will they force her to sit on a metaphorical whoopee cushion? We shall find out tonight on “Win, Lose, or Draw,” the season finale of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 9:30 p.m.).  “What’s nice about this episode is that it’s not just about Leslie’s election,” notes Parks executive producer Michael Schur. “Every character has an emotional situation that they’re dealing with. You won’t be disappointed if you’re looking for that kind of story line. Also, Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) is in it. So if you’re looking for something else, we have something for you too.”

Schur provided EW with nine other hints about the finale, which you can read below: READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' finale: Did April just delete the Parks Department? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The season 4 finale of Parks and Recreation promises to answer the question: Will Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) win the city council election? But that’s not the only one tackled in the episode. It seems that April (Aubrey Plaza) may have just screwed up royally by deleting all files from the Parks Department. Can her man, Andy (Chris Pratt), help her out of this electronic jam and save the day? READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': FBI agent Bert Macklin will totally defeat your pie threat -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tomorrow night on NBC’s Parks and Recreation — the second-to-last episode of the season! —  Leslie (Amy Poehler) embarks on a bus tour to make the most of her final day of campaigning. There’s just one problem, though. (Well, aside from one of Pawnee’s most important citizens passing away.) A bad person is hellbent on assaulting her with a pie. If only there were someone smart and strong enough to neutralize this security threat… someone not entirely dissimilar to… FBI superagent Bert Macklin! Yes, the overeager alter ego of Andy (Chris Pratt) returns this week in what he calls his “greatest assignment yet,” so brace yourself for a high-octane, high-calorie adventure. You can preview a bit of Bert in the following clip, in which he assesses the perlious situation and assigns provocative code names to his colleagues.  READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Final two episodes to be supersized on

Need extra Knope these next two weeks? Parks and Recreation‘s last two episodes of the season will be supersized on, EW has learned. After unveiling a cut of last week’s episode, “The Debate” — written and directed by Amy Poehler (a.k.a. City Council hopeful Leslie Knope) — featuring five additional minutes, will give similar treatment to this week’s episode, “Bus Tour” (May 3), and the season 4 finale, “Win, Lose or Draw” (May 10). In other good news, Paul Rudd returns to guest-star in both episodes as Knope’s dopey, popular election opponent Bobby Newport.

'Parks and Recreation': Ben prepares the troops for Leslie's big debate -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tomorrow is D-Day. As in Debate Day. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) will match “wits” with the clueless, overprivileged manchild that is Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd) in a televised showdown that will surely help to determine the outcome of this important City Council race.

As you can see in the following sneak-peek clip from Thursday’s episode of Parks and Recreation (NBC, 9 p.m. ET) — which was written and directed by Poehler — Leslie’s campaign manager with benefits Ben (Adam Scott) is eager to erase the eight-point lead in the polls that Bobby holds over Leslie. Chris and Ann, man the spin zone! Tom, look unhappy about it! April and Andy, get ready to host a party for distinguished donors! And Ron, make their stomachs sing! READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Watch deleted scenes from 'Live Ammo' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Election Day is approaching on Parks and Recreation, and Leslie Knope is working like a dog. Which is weird, because everyone knows that LESLIE KNOPE HATES DOGS! Oh, wait—no, she doesn’t. That’s just what Bobby Newport’s campaign wants us to believe. In tonight’s episode, “Live Ammo,” Leslie (Amy Poehler) wound up in the doghouse after Councilman Pillner (guest star Bradley Whitford) heeded her suggestion not to cut the Parks Department’s budget; however, funding for the animal shelter was slashed instead.

For the record, we here at EW are big supporters of animal shelters. In fact, we’re always trying to rescue abandoned things, like the following scenes from “Live Ammo” that ended up on the cutting room floor. Press play to see Chris (Rob Lowe) confess to Ron (Nick Offerman) that he’s been breaking some breathing rules, April (Aubrey Plaza) put the hard sell on a potential dog adopter, Andy (Chris Pratt) fumble a fib, and Jerry (Jim O’Heir) pick up some dog poop. And if that weren’t enough, you will also learn what Ben (Adam Scott) calls Leslie when she needs a little boost. It’s good and nerdy. READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Private Practice,' 'Good Wife,' 'Bones': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s finale season, so much like in my personal life, I don’t have time for foreplay. (Dear God, I’m going to stop typing now.)

E-mail all requests to or find me on Twitter. See you next week — and hopefully by then I will have seen a professional about my severe case of word vomit.


'Game of Thrones,' 'The Colbert Report,' 'Parks and Recreation' honored with Peabody Awards

Game of Thrones, Homeland, and The Colbert Report were among the winners at the 71st-annual Peabody Awards, announced this morning by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards, in a statement See the winners, recognized for their achievement in electronic media, below:


Megan Mullally caught 'Breaking In' to EW offices, posing with our Ron Swanson artwork: PHOTOS


The addition of Megan Mullally to the cast of Fox’s Christian Slater comedy Breaking In (Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET) is making the series more of an office-set show, so it seemed only fitting to invite her to visit our own New York offices. She chose to accept two missions while on EW turf: Tease upcoming story lines (look for her in a future Spoiler Room column), and “break in” to a handful of staffers’ offices and tell us the one thing she’d steal from each of them.

NEXT: First stop, the office of Dalton Ross…


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