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'Parks and Recreation' - '94 Meetings' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 29th 2010 10:00PM
parks and recThank you, 'Parks and Recreation,' for finally remembering that Leslie was in love with Mark. I haven't been shy when it comes to my dislike of Mark and Anne's relationship, but the thing that bugged me the most is the fact that after being in love with this guy for something like six years, she's suddenly over him. Not only is she over him, but she has no problem with her best friend dating him -- it just never seemed that believable to me.

Now, with the news of Mark and Anne possibly moving in together and getting married, we see that yes, Leslie does remember the past six years of her life, and this new development does bother her. I'm glad that they didn't make her into an emotional wreck, but the acknowledgment of, "yes, maybe the gazebo isn't the only thing that's bothering me" was really nice.

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Carol Burnett Talks Angelina Jolie and Today's Funny Ladies (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 12th 2010 1:30PM
If Carol Burnett had her choice of any actress to play her in a biopic, she'd choose none other than Angelina Jolie, she said on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated). However, when Burnett plumps up her lips in an exaggerated impression of Jolie, something tells us she's not being entirely serious.

Burnett also said she finds today's crop of funny ladies highly entertaining. When Rachael Ray asks Burnett who makes her laugh, she says, "Well, I love the ladies. I love Tina Fey and Amy [Poehler], Tracey Ullman and Ellen DeGeneres."

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Summer Catalog' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 12:22AM
paul schneider(S02E20) Now that I know that Paul Schneider is leaving 'Parks and Recreation,' it's all I can think about any time he and Anne have scenes together. They're celebrating their six-month anniversary in a very low-key way,which is not unusual for them, but they're not exactly in the honeymoon phase, are they? Six months really isn't a long time to be together, yet the thrill seems to be gone.

When Mark and Anne were doing the photo shoot with Tom, his whole schtick of "make your face look better" initially seemed to be a joke about hot girls taking bad pictures (kind of the opposite of Barney's talent on this week's 'How I Met Your Mother'), but it soon seemed to turn into something else entirely. Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but it definitely seemed like Mark was concerned when he was looking at the pictures Tom took; like maybe he was realizing that the fact that Anne looks so miserable when they're pretending to be a family could be indicative of a much larger problem.

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Andy Samberg Plays an Obnoxious Park Ranger on 'Parks and Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 18th 2010 11:37PM
Parks and Recreation, Andy SambergWe'd like to be Andy Samberg when we grow up. Not only does he get to do cool digital shorts like 'I'm on a Boat,' and 'D*ck in a Box,' but between his 'Saturday Night Live' gig and Lonely Island peeps, he's really well connected.

You can just tell his stint as an obnoxious park ranger on pal Amy Poehler's 'Parks and Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC) must have been a blast. "Have you seen 'Avatar'?! I never saw 'Avatar'! I wanted to read the book first!"

Watch the video after the jump.

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Amy Poehler's Having a Baby, Just Not on 'Parks and Recreation'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 17th 2010 9:23PM
amy_poehler_will_arnett_gap_advertisementThat Betty White Mother's Day episode of 'Saturday Night Live' on May 8 just got a whole lot more interesting. Today, the news broke that Amy Poehler is having a baby. This will be baby number two for Amy and her brilliantly funny spouse Will Arnett. It'll also throw the production schedule of Amy's NBC sitcom 'Parks and Recreation' into a tailspin, but the network has been aware of her delicate condition for weeks and they've been making arrangements.

According to The Wrap, Amy's on screen character, Leslie Knope, will not be having a baby. That would be catastrophic for Leslie, since the career woman who dreams of climbing the political ladder from Pawnee, Indiana, to the state capitol and beyond, is a single lady. An out of wedlock baby might not be a catalyst to bigger and better things.

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Possum' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:02AM
parks and recreation (S02E18) I miss the pit. It's been a while since we've heard anything about it, so it was nice to have it mentioned again. Even though Leslie may not have her favor with the mayor's office (I guess she'll just have to live with an un-laminated bus pass), I'd like to see something happen with the now-filled-in giant hole in the ground.

Leslie clearly has more important things on her plate, like possum-wrangling. The whole task force thing could have been just ridiculous, and don't get me wrong-- it was, but there was one thing that saved it: the fact that there was an actual possum running around on Andy's neck. How he didn't just vomit to death, I'll never know. Chris Pratt deserves a raise though.

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Betty White's 'SNL' Hosting Gig Set For May 8

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 11th 2010 10:32AM
Betty WhiteThis whole "Betty White as 'SNL' host" movement has been fascinating to watch. Think about it: the users of a decidedly 21st century technology, Facebook, got together in support of a star who started working before the vast majority of the site's users were even born. No one on FB is looking to have Tony Curtis be a guest panelist on 'The Marriage Ref,' or want Dick Cavett to be the new host of 'The Tonight Show,' for instance.

Most people were overjoyed to hear that the online movement to get her on the show was a success; now, according to WNBC and People magazine, White's 'Saturday Night Live' hosting gig has an air date: May 8. She'll be part of a Mother's Day-themed episode which will feature former cast members who are also moms, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Molly Shannon. Rachel Dratch will also be there; she's not a mom but tended to play one in a lot of her sketches when she was a cast member.

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Rob Lowe Heading to 'Parks & Recreation'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:45PM
rob_lowe_smiling_blindsWeeks ago when it was announced that Rob Lowe was leaving ABC's 'Brothers and Sisters,' the spin from ABC was that they desperately wanted to keep Rob in the fold and would be working to develop a new television project for him.

Guess what? That was all a lot of hooey. Or exaggeration to the point of sounding more optimistic than true. Today, Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly reported that Rob Lowe will be joining the NBC sitcom, 'Parks and Recreation.' This is a great move by Rob, turning to comedy rather than jumping into another dramatic series. And if you think Rob's not good at comedy, you don't remember his letter-perfect imitation of Robert Wagner's character #2 -- as a younger man -- in 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."

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Betty White May Host 'Saturday Night Live' Solo After All

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 2:30PM
Good news, bad news: The bad news is, while 'Saturday Night Live' will indeed have a "Women in Comedy" special in April, Betty White won't be part of it. The good news is, 'SNL' producers are still in talks with her about the solo hosting gig that her nearly half a million Facebook fans have been clamoring for.

The news came from a panel discussion in New York on Tuesday night about 'SNL,' whose attendees included longtime 'SNL' executive producer Lorne Michaels and 'SNL' head writer/'Weekend Update' anchor Seth Meyers. "I think it's happening," Meyers told Jezebel.com, about a White hosting gig. "We would love to have her."

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Aziz Ansari: The ODB of 'Parks and Recreation'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 24th 2010 7:02PM
Aziz AnsariAziz Ansari has had the kind of career you'd expect to see from a guy who's 35 or so, not from someone who's only four years out of business school.

The 26-year-old comedian's profile has risen quickly over the last couple of years. From being an up-and-coming stand-up star playing the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, the last three years have seen him do two seasons of MTV's 'Human Giant,' a half-season as lazy intern Ed on the eighth season of 'Scrubs,' a big role as awful stand-up comic Randy in Judd Apatow's 'Funny People,' a one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, and a season and a half as Tom Haverford on 'Parks and Recreation.'

I caught up with Ansari at NBC's all-star press party last month and asked him about how his character, who plays the scheming right-hand man of the earnest Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), has developed since the show started, and what's next for a guy who's done a lot in such a short period of time.

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Will Arnett Comedy Moves Forward at Fox

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 22nd 2010 7:25PM
Will ArnettThe way-too-unappreciated Will Arnett is getting a few steps closer to starring in his own comedy on Fox. The 'Arrested Development' star has made notable appearances on shows like '30 Rock' and 'Parks and Recreation' (which stars his wife Amy Poehler), but has yet to have a show of his own show.

Imagine this: Fox greenlights the new show (which is about an obnoxious Beverly Hills man who falls for a woman that can't stand him) and puts it on prime-time ... opposite 'Parks and Recreation'. You have the making of a sitcom right there. It's "two shows within a show" about a husband and wife that star in two different sitcoms at the same time on two competing networks.

Arnett and Poehler have a son. Imagine the drama of the child only being able to watch one of his parents live on television. Okay, seriously, this is why DVRs were invented. Both shows are after his bedtime anyway.

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Looks Like Betty White Might Host 'Saturday Night Live' After All

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 22nd 2010 10:30AM
Betty WhiteWho says that internet campaigns don't work? Remember that Facebook campaign to get Betty White to host 'Saturday Night Live?' You thought it was just one of those goofy things that wouldn't lead anywhere, but it looks like it might happen after all (though there's a twist...).

White has said she wants to do the show, and now Michael Ausliello over at Entertainment Weekly is reporting that negotiations are underway for White to host the show later this season. But she wouldn't host it alone. The episode would be a "Women of Comedy" episode, with people like Molly Shannon on board and possibly Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Seems like they might not want White - who is 88 years old - to have to host the entire live show herself.

This could still be a great show anyway. But if they're getting White, why not get some other classic female TV personalities? Wouldn't it be great to have, say, Mary Tyler Moore, Rue McClanahan, and Cloris Leachman join White on the show? I'm sure we could think of other women from TV history that could co-host with White.

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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Galentine's Day' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 12th 2010 1:16AM
parks and recreation(S02E16) Ron Swanson nailed it tonight. I've been trying to figure out what's wrong with Justin (Justin Theroux), and Swanson summed it up perfectly: he's a tourist. Justin is really only interested in stories. It's been bugging me the entire time he's been on the show, because he seems like a perfectly nice guy in some scenes and a total jerk in others -- but now it all comes together.

Also nailing it? Andy's band. I not only loved his songs (I would totally make them my Valentine's soundtrack), but I enjoyed his befuddlement with the entire situation and his frustration with not being able to tell if the gig was a success or not, due to the lack of ladies flashing him.

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Nick Offerman on Being Ron "F@%&in'" Swanson

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 11th 2010 2:01PM
Nick Offerman of Parks and RecreationWhen viewers and critics first saw the government-hating parks director Ron Swanson on 'Parks and Recreation,' they didn't quite know what to make of him. Is he just a hard-ass? Or was there more to him?

Well, as the show has improved so has viewers' opinion of Ron, played by Nick Offerman. In the first half of 'Parks and Rec's' second season, Swanson has become a favorite of fans and critics; we've seen his love of breakfast food, his ability to build a small harp while drinking, and his secret life as smooth jazz stylist Duke Silver. And the 'stache... oh, the 'stache. It's the best one on primetime since Tom Selleck's.

When I was at the NBC party at the TCAs last month, I spoke to Offerman about how Swanson has developed, having his real-life wife (Megan Mullally) play Swanson's ex, and if we're going to see more of Swanson's jazzy alter ego.

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Good Ratings News for 'Parks and Recreation'

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 5th 2010 6:02PM
Parks and RecreationThe good news is that NBC's Thursday night line-up has increased in the ratings, particularly for the Amy Poehler vehicle 'Parks and Recreation' which has just hit a season high. The bad news is that they're still in fourth place for that night.

Remember the good old days when NBC on Thursday nights was "Must See TV"? NBC is probably yearning for those days, or possibly any day that isn't right now. There are still regulatory hurdles to jump through before the sale to Comcast is truly finalized; what are the network executives telling their future potential bosses? "Yes, we suck but we're doing better."

Back to 'Parks and Recreation': Amy Poehler is one talented lady (which is evident even from way back in her 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Upright Citizens Brigade' days)and it is a good thing that she is getting the recognition that she deserves.

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