Something you don't expect any NBC show that isn't The Voice to be asking: "Are you better off than a year ago?" Leave it to cockeyed optimist Leslie Knope (the sublime Amy Poehler), the hopeful heart and resilient soul of Parks and Recreation, to set herself up for a smackdown in the too-soon season finale (Thursday, 9:31/8:31c), by posing this question at a public forum that she naively sees as a "victory lap" to celebrate her one-year anniversary in office. While Leslie contends with a Pawnee version of Tea Party-style opposition — in this town, more like "sweet tea," with extra sugar in a 512 oz. cup — Andy (Chris Pratt) adopts his bumbling "Burt Macklin, FBI" persona (always a win) to solve a mystery that could change one of his co-worker's life forever. NBC is certainly better off for sticking with this show as it has improved over the seasons to become the network's most reliably enjoyable comedy — even though this already eventful and possibly pivotal episode would have been better off without the subplot involving Tom's "Rent-a-Swag" business and his contentious relationship with Jean-Ralphio's horror-show sister Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate).
We all miss Jean-Ralphio — but Tom has found a way around that.
After hiring his twin sister Mona-Lisa Saperstein (Jenny Slate) at Rent-a-Swag on Parks and Recreation, Tom (Aziz Ansari) has decided to mix business with pleasure, 'natch. But he may come to learn that you really shouldn't dip your pen in the company ink. Check out an exclusive sneak peek of Thursday's all-new Parks to get a glimpse at their, ahem, interesting relationship:
Mandy Moore may find her way to TV this fall after all.
Moore, who was previously attached to ABC's Pulling, has landed the leading role opposite Benjamin McKenzie in CBS' The Advocates, TVGuide.com has learned.
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Amy Poehler, Jason Schwartzman
First, comedy tonight (since that's what was made available for review): NBC's current best sitcom, Parks and Recreation, ended its February sweeps run with some incredibly sweet moments: the impromptu nuptials of Leslie and Ben ("I love you and I like you"), Ann Perkins' awkwardly heartfelt invitation to Chris to be her would-be baby's daddy, the way everyone rallied to lift Andy's spirits after he's rejected by the police academy.
Kristen Schaal, Mandy Moore (inset)
Kristen Schaal has replaced Mandy Moore in ABC's comedy pilot Pulling, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Here we go again. Ryan Seacrest hyping "the journey that defines a nation," Randy Jackson settling in as the "resident dawg" as if nothing had ever changed. But change is the new constant in the overly cluttered world of TV singing competitions, and as the first and most successful of the genre, Fox's American Idol, returns for its 12th season with back-to-back nights of two-hour audition episodes Wednesday and Thursday (8/7c), a mostly new panel of celebrity judges settles in for their first public judgment.
Comedy Central has picked up two sketch comedy series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Nick Kroll (Childrens Hospital, Cavemen) will headline his own show, eponymously titled The Nick Show Kroll. MADtv's Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have also signed on for an as-yet-untitled sketch series...
Saturday Night Live has tapped alum Amy Poehler to host the show's season premiere, NBC announced Tuesday.
Katy Perry will perform on the Sept. 25 episode, Poehler's first time hosting. Poehler left SNL in 2008 after seven years, and has...
Jenny Slate, Sue Simmons
Jenny Slates' recent F-bomb flub on SNL has created quite a stir, but she isn't the first to experience a slip of the tongue on live television. Check some of the most memorable — and hilarious — mistakes made on air.
SNL's Jenny Slate will not be fired after F-bomb
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SNL Cast Member Jenny Slate
Despite her widely publicized foul-mouthed flub on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, new cast member Jenny Slate isn't going anywhere.
"No truth to...