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'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…

'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:



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