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The Making Of Ron Swanson On 'Parks and Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Sep 23rd 2010 6:30PM
Savvy viewers recognize there is something missing from NBC's big comedy premiere night. 'Parks and Recreation' will not be joining its former cohorts 'The Office,' '30 Rock' and 'Community' on Thursday nights this fall. Instead, we'll see the new show 'Outsourced, while Leslie Knope and pals are currently scheduled to return as a midseason replacement.

But we need our weekly 'Parks and Rec' fix, and thankfully, Vulture is providing one for us. They'll have weekly updates of our favorite Pawnee citizens via an original photo montage shot by the 'Parks and Rec' cast and writers. The inaugural post is titled 'Becoming Ron Swanson.'

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Rescuing the Girl on 'Parks and Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 21st 2010 12:40AM
Rescuing the Girl on 'Parks and Recreation'Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) doesn't believe in his job. Although he works for the Parks and Recreation Department, he thinks that government is reckless and wasteful and that it should be eliminated. Now, he may be finally getting his wish.

[Spoiler alert.]

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Ron Is "Duke Silver" on 'Parks and Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 30th 2010 12:05AM
Ron Is A secret is revealed on 'Parks and Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC). For some time now, bureaucrat Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) has been living a double life as hip jazz musician "Duke Silver." It's a pretty odd secret -- but, to be fair, it's also a totally cool fake name.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Megan Mullally Talks 'Party Down' and Returning to 'Parks & Recreation'

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 22nd 2010 7:00PM
Yes, Jane Lynch has gone off to more 'Glee'-ful pastures, but thanks to new star Megan Mullally, the second season of Starz' buzzworthy comedy 'Party Down' (premieres April 23, 10PM ET), isn't missing a single drop of the funny.

Mullally, the two-time 'Will & Grace' Emmy winner, joins the Party Down catering crew -- as Lydia Dunfree, a recently-divorced mom who has moved to Los Angeles so her daughter, Escapade, can become the next big kid star. Yes, that's right, Escapade ... sounds like something Mullally's Karen Walker would name her kid.

And speaking of the scene-stealing 'Will & Grace' character, Mullally will also soon bring her iconic TV alter ego to theater stages. 'Karen: The Musical' is currently in development, and Mullally talked to AOL TV about Karen's return to pop culture (and the Karen spin-off series that could have been), her 'Party' days, her gig as the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spokeswoman, guest-starring with hilarious hubby Nick Offerman on 'Parks and Recreation' and which 'Saturday Night Live' star she helped discover.

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Al Roker Gets Crude With Nick Offerman on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 15th 2010 3:30PM
During an appearance on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Nick Offerman of 'Parks and Recreation' discussed his hobby of woodworking and a nude New York magazine photo spread in which he appeared with wife Megan Mullally. Seeing an opportunity for a double entendre, Al Roker then commented on Offerman's "wood." You can probably guess how things went from there.

"Just missed showing the wood," Roker said, after viewing the naked photo.

"I'm sorry," Ann Curry apologized. "The show was fine until that moment."

Watch the video after the jump.

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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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Nick Offerman Really Does Have a Woodshop

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2010 5:02PM
Ron Swanon in his woodshop on 'Parks and Recreation'
On last week's 'Parks and Recreation' we saw Ron Swanson prove to Leslie how much of a tolerance he has for alcohol: he finished building a small harp in his woodshop while downing a bunch of whiskey. Power tools, precise measurements, minute tuning, the whole works. He even showed her photographic evidence (above).

When I spoke to Nick Offerman at the press tour, he told me that the show would be getting a look inside Swanson's woodshop. When he talked about the prospect, his eyes lit up and said, "I'm very excited about it." Well, now we know why: Offerman owns his own woodshop, and has a website full of examples of his and his crew's work. They make some very nice furniture, and they also build small structures and canoes.

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Parks & Recreation: Rock Show (season finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 15th 2009 12:18PM
Parks and Recreation
(S01E06)
Ah, so that's how they're going to do it. While the pit was still the underlying thrust of the episode, the stories were more about the characters and relationships. And realizing even more what a big dumb sap Mark is. It's really more a testament of Leslie's own insecurities and issues that she's so hung up on him because he is even more lame than Tom. At least Tom is charismatic and charming, in his own creepy way. Mark is just creepy, a lot older than he seems to think and kind of a doofus.

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Parks & Recreation: The Banquet

by Jason Hughes, posted May 8th 2009 1:28AM
Aziz Ansari of Parks and Recreation(S01E05) Man, Leslie Knope is a dope. But Tom is the bomb! Okay, I'm sorry. There's no excuse for that kind of crap. Still, though, Tom was hilarious in his speech to Leslie's mother, who will always be Jericho's Gail Green to me, at the banquet. Certainly it was smoother than Leslie's. But then Ron's speech of facts was better than Leslie's painful attempt at name-dropping.

It's amazing that Leslie and her mother are related, considering how vastly different they are. Her mother is shrewd and calculating, and clearly willing to muck around in the dirt to further her own agenda (i.e. a politician), while Leslie is an optimistic do-gooder who's more heart than smart ... oh crap, I did it again, didn't I?

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