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Saturday Night Live Vet Paula Pell to Play Ron Swanson’s Mom on Parks and Recreation

Nick Offerman and Paula Pell

The third Tammy in Ron Swanson's life has taken form: Saturday Night Live veteran Paula Pell has been cast as Parks and Recreation's Mama Swanson -- or Tammy, Ground Zero if you like.

Mama Swanson will be introduced early on in Season 4 along with Ron's never-before-seen, super scary first wife Tammy 1, who will be played by Patricia Clarkson.

Series executive producer Mike Schur told TVGuide.com that Ron's mom is "no shrinking violet," and a character breakdown for the role describes her as "a no-nonsense, patriotic, salt-of-the-earth farm woman."

Insiders say Ron (Nick Offerman) may be in for a Tammy tornado when all three Tammys gather in the same episode. read more

Parks and Recreation Casts Patricia Clarkson to Play Demonic Tammy 1

Patricia Clarkson and Nick Offerman

Ending months of speculation -- and stunt casting among Parks and Recreation fans -- Patricia Clarkson has been cast as Ron Swanson's first ex-wife, Tammy 1, TVLine reports.

The oft-mentioned, but never-seen Tammy 1 was first viewed from behind in the Season 3 finale of the NBC comedy. Tammy 1 is not only a scary subject for Ron (Nick Offerman), but also for his very crazy other ex-wife, Tammy 2 (Megan Mullally).

Parks and Recreation scoop: Ron's facial hair, Tammy 1, Leslie's big decision and more!

"We talked about... read more

Parks and Recreation Scoop: Ron's Facial Hair, Tammy 1, Leslie's Big Decision and More!

Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation

Will Leslie choose her career or love? Has Tom left City Hall for good? Will Ron's eyebrows ever grow back? Last season's finale of Parks and Recreation was packed with more cliff-hangers than a whole season of The Killing!

Parks and Recreation finale: Will Ben and Leslie heat things up? And where's Tom going?

Executive producer Mike Schur says the good news is that for the past month, he and the show's writing staff have been coming up with answers — and he was only too willing to share! The bad news is read more

TV Guide Network Counts Down Funniest Females on Television

Megan Mullally

Who's the funniest woman ever to appear on television?

From Lucille Ball's physical comedy on I Love Lucy to Tina's Fey's witty dialogue on 30 Rock, TV Guide Network is counting down the most comedic ladies who have graced the small screen.

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Is a Party Down Movie in the Works?

Party Down

Time to break out the pink bowties!

Starz's short-lived cult comedy series Party Down may be getting resurrected as a big-screen movie, according to co-creator and executive producer Rob Thomas. Thomas broke the news during a special Party Down reunion held this past weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas.

"People are talking to us about doing a... read more

Mega Buzz: Mentalist's Red John Dilemma, Weeds' Family Trials and Minds' Return

Simon Baker, Mary-Louise Parker, Thomas Gibson

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

I just watched The Mentalist finale again, and I have no idea what they're going to do next season. Any clues? — Chris
ADAM
: It's simple: Jane will claim that he killed Red John in self-defense after he learned that Red John was communicating with his mole, Agent O'Loughlin. (We all saw the gun and the phone call, right?) Not so fast, says series creator Bruno Heller. "Not only is there no cell phone with any calls from an FBI Agent named O'Loughlin, but no gun will be found [by the police]," he says, hinting that someone is still pulling the strings. "Within five minutes of the season-opener, Jane is in jail for homicide with no way out. And he and Lisbon, to some extent, start questioning his sanity." There we go — the insanity defense!

I can't wait for Weeds to return! How will Nancy be different after "Plan C"? — Amanda
NATALIE:
Don't assume that being behind bars has taught Nancy anything.... read more

Rob Corddry on Childrens Hospital's Celebrity Guests, the bin Laden Joke You Won't See on TV

Children's Hospital

Rob Corddry has a bone to pick with President Barack Obama.

After shooting the upcoming third season of Childrens Hospital back in December, the series star, creator and executive producer had to remove a joke delivered by guest star Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) about his having killed Osama bin Laden because, well, it actually happened.

"That ruins the joke completely. Obama killed our joke. Obama killed the No. 1 wanted man in the world, as well as one of our biggest jokes of the season. He couldn't wait until July," Corddry tells TVGuide.com. "I was annoyed. ... I find myself wishing bin Laden had lived for another... read more

Exclusive Video: The Origins of Childrens Hospital

Childrens Hospital

Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital isn't just about hot stars — like Megan Mullally, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Henry Winkler and Rob Corddry — coming together to play doctor. No, it's much more than that! 

Watch clips of Childrens Hospital

Corddry, who created the series, dishes on how the idea for the show really came to be in this exclusive video clip from the Childrens Hospital: Complete First & Second Seasons DVD release, out on Tuesday. Check it out below:

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Relive Your Favorite TV Season-Enders TV Guide Network's Most Unforgettable Finales

James Gandolfini

As the TV season comes to a close, TV Guide Network takes a look back at the best finales of all time.

From the cut-to-black ending of The Sopranos to the vaguely spiritual final act of Lost, Jason Alexander counts down the most unforgettable finales. The special also features interviews with stars of these talked-about finales, including Will & Grace's Megan Mullally, Dallas' Patrick Duffy and Larry Hagman, M*A*S*H's Mike Farrell and The Shield's Walton Goggins.

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A Night Out with Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

What's better than breakfast meat and smoother than the jazz stylings of Duke Silver? That'd be Nick Offerman, the Parks and Recreation star who so brilliantly embodies Ron Swanson — director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department and proud libertarian. As the sitcom winds down Season 3, we plied the deadpan actor with cocktails for a peek behind the moustache.
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