Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Amy Poehler
[WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's season finale of Parks and Recreation. Read at your own risk!]
Parks and Recreation has become very adept at surprise storytelling. Case in point: Thursday's season finale jumped ahead three years to find Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) working in the National Parks office, which had moved to Pawnee City Hall's vacant and refurbished third floor.
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The final minute of the finale disoriented viewers — and not just because Leslie Knope had bangs. Our small-town bureaucrat had turned into a fast-paced boss dealing with some sort of media lockdown, canceling a trip to South Dakota and firing an employee named Ed (Mad Men's Jon Hamm) who was even more inept than Jerry Terry (Jim O'Heir). Leslie also had a group of people waiting for her downstairs in Ben's (Adam Scott) office to discuss something so important that the parents of three were willing to be late to Ben's big night — all mysteries which were set up for the upcoming seventh and likely final season of the NBC comedy.
What does this all mean for the show? TVGuide.com caught up with executive producer Mike Schur to get the scoop:
Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones
When Parks and Recreation returns this fall, it's the beginning of the end for Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones, as both actors will exit the series halfway through the season. How will their characters say farewell to Pawnee?
Even though Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) could soon lose her job as a Pawnee City Councilwoman, she'll go gallivanting off to London in the Parks and Recreation premiere this fall — but for good reason!
Thanks to Chris Pratt — and his rock-hard abs — the NBC comedy will cross the pond to film their season premiere later this month, taking a bulk of the Parks Department with them. To find out why, TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Mike Schur, who dishes on all things Season 6, including its 100th episode, Leslie's new challenges, Ron's (Nick Offerman) baby and more!
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen
Could it be that NBC has produced a keeper in the deliciously creepy Hannibal? We shouldn't break out the proverbial Chianti just yet; the early returns have been modest, to put it mildly, but in this tough-for-NBC time period (Thursday, 10/9c) that the network once owned, it's looking better than it has lately (with an insta-dud like Do No Harm or the below-the-radar Rock Center). And the media buzz, while understandably mixed, is stronger than for most of the networks' midseason yawns. With repeats on the other networks this week, and featuring one of the show's most relentlessly unnerving chapters to date, this is as good a time as any to sample Hannibal's unsavory wares.
Jerry Gergich, we salute you!
Supermodel Christie Brinkley has signed on to play Jerry's (Jim O'Heir) wife on Parks and Recreation, TVGuide.com has confirmed. (It finally makes sense why...
Jim O'Heir, Simon Baker
Ever imagined what a Parks and Recreation crossover with The Mentalist might look like? This could be as close as you'll ever get.
Parks mainstay Jim O'Heir will guest-star on the upcoming Season 5 premiere of The Mentalist, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. O'Heir will play a hotel manager who may have some valuable information to offer Patrick Jane ...
Television's biggest names and hottest stars were on hand for TV Guide Magazine's Hot List party on November 7 at Greystone Manor in Los Angeles. Cover girls Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls) posed for photographers as they embraced the title of Hot Funny Ladies.
Amy Poehler, Adam Scott
When we last left Pawnee — a ridiculously long eight months ago — Parks and Recreation's romantic entanglements were only beginning to get, well, really tangled.
Visiting auditors Ben (Adam Scott) and Chris (Rob Lowe) took a shine to Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ann (Rashida Jones), but Leslie kind of hated Chris' cynical attitude toward government, and Ann kind of hated that she got drunk and hooked up with Chris. Then there's April (Aubrey Plaza), who really hated Andy (Chris Pratt) for letting Ann...
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In a rousing moment from the Season 3 premiere of Parks and Recreation, Leslie Knope excitedly rounds up her disbanded parks department. Tom's been working at Foot Locker, Ron's been in his wood shop, and Jerry ... well, Jerry's been relaxing happily since Pawnee's local government went out of business at the end of last season. With her troops gathered, Leslie makes her Hail Mary play, a bold proposal to the state auditors threatening to shut down the broke branch for good.
"She's like, 'Go big or go home,'" says Amy Poehler, who plays TV's chirpiest and most resilient civil servant. "'I say we put on this giant harvest festival. We try to get all the vendors, all the people in town, we raise the money we need for the parks department budget. If we don't make it, we're all fired.'"
Leslie’s high-stakes dilemma is not unlike the one faced by Parks as the show nears its return.
NBC's Parks and Recreation doesn't return with new episodes until spring 2011, but they already have a bunch of fresh installments in the can. Shooting has been continuing into the summer so that pregnant star Amy Poehler can enjoy her maternity leave in the fall. Amy's co-star Aubrey Plaza, who plays April, says the cast had a particularly fun time shooting an upcoming episode that finds Amy's Leslie Knope putting together a time capsule...