Parks and Recreation

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Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Mindy Kaling

Emmy season is here! For the next two weeks, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
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Jon Hamm Can Do No Wrong! Find Out How the Mad Men Star Once Soothed a Pregnant Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

While promoting her upcoming memoir Yes Please at last weekend's BookCon, Amy Poehler shared a hilarious story about how Jon Hamm calmed her nerves just days before she was due to give birth to her... read more

Ask Matt: Cancellations, Louie, Finales (Person of Interest, Castle, Blacklist, More)

Louis C. K. and Sarah Baker

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I am sure many people were disappointed by the cancellation announcements this year. I was especially sad to see Trophy Wife taken too soon. But it left me wondering why ABC didn't try a different time slot, and then I realized overall it seemed as though none of the networks moved shows around the schedule like they have done in the past. Do you think this strategy helps or hurts shows struggling to find an audience? — Rob

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Watch This Tonight: Parks and Recreation

Adam Scott, Amy Poehler

It's Binge Saturday! Watch the first five seasons of Parks and Recreation

Our suggestion for this weekend's Binge Saturday is the NBC comedy starring Amy Poehler and her cast of zany misfits. Check out more reasons why you should watch:

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Emmy Watch: As TV Splinters, Key Categories Get Squeezed

Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White

You wouldn't compare a McDonald's Extra Value Meal to an expensive dinner at a five-star restaurant. But that's the predicament Emmy Awards voters increasingly face in such key categories as comedy and drama. (Nominations will be announced July 10; NBC airs the ceremony, hosted by Seth Meyers, on August 25.)

As primetime splinters into subgenres, shows with little in common must compete in the same races, and there's no room at all for plenty of popular shows, particularly from the broadcast networks... read more

Mega Buzz: A New Grey's Addition, a 24 Makeover and the Blacklist Nemesis

Ellen Pompeo, James Spader, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams

Will Amelia stick around next season on Grey's Anatomy— Tara 
There's no official word on what the cast will look like next year, but it's safe to say Amelia will find it more difficult to leave Seattle this time around. "She's really realizing the value of having her family around," Caterina Scorsone tells me. "She's definitely thinking about the pros and cons of living so far away in Los Angeles." One major pro? Having a new sister! Look for Amelia and Meredith to do some major bonding while Derek is out of town.

What's up with Chloe's look on 24: Live Another Day? — Jessica
Isn't that what all computer hackers look like? In all seriousness... read more

Parks and Recreation Boss on the Show's Big Time Jump

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.

Get the hot scoop on 39 must-watch season finales

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: read more

Top Moments: Real Housewives' Insane Brawl and Game of Thrones' Sibling Assault

Porsha Stewart, Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore

Our top moments of the week:

13. Worst Melodrama:
It's midway through Dancing with the Stars, and that means it's time for the annual Maks temper tantrum. Still burned by Julianne Hough's "phoning it in" comment and feeling the pressure to deliver for Meryl Davis, Maks comes thisclose to blowing a gasket, but is talked off the ledge by Meryl, who tells him to hold her hand. "It's really crazy. I must be the weakest freaking person in this ... read more

Thursday Review: Bad Teacher, Black Box, Hulu's Moone Boy

Ari Graynor

A week ago, I was raving about FX's inspired reinvention of Fargo from movie to TV series. But this week, we get a cautionary reminder that there are movies that just shouldn't be adapted for TV. Case in point: CBS's head-of-no-class version of 2011's Bad Teacher (Thursday, 9:30/8:30c) that flunks basic lessons of chemistry — starting with... read more

Parks and Recreation Finale: Will Leslie Take the Job in Chicago?

Adam Scott, Amy Poehler

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?

"One way or the other... read more

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Premiered: April 09, 2009, on NBC
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Premise: A mockumentary following the inner workings of the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. From the creators of "The Office."

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