Back in 1992, Richard Licata, now executive vice president of communications for NBC, was at HBO, and he was looking for a way to make the premium cable channel an Emmy contender. "Not all of the voters at that time in Los Angeles had HBO," he recalls. "We decided to get aggressive about our programming in a broadcast universe. The landscape was wide open."
[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:
Would Pawnee fall apart if Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) actually took the Parks Department job in Chicago?
Five years ago, the Parks Department would've quickly fallen into chaos without the quirky and compassionate bureaucrat. But now that Leslie has imparted enough wisdom and can-do attitude to Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) & Co. Pawnee would be just fine without her. But will Leslie actually take the new opportunity?
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[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday's episode of Parks and Recreation. Read at your own risk!]
Well, this blind item came early!
During Thursday's episode of Parks and Recreation, flu season once again ran rampant in Pawnee. When Leslie (Amy Poehler) began to show symptoms, she...