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'Sexiest Man Alive 2011': Which TV Stars Made the Cut?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2011 6:05AM
Bradley Cooper, People's 'Sexiest Man Alive 2011'Bradley Cooper's been celebrating being named as 'People' magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive 2011.' After saying his first thought on hearing the news was, "My mother is going to be so happy," the buff 'Hangover' star joked "I'm waiting for Dax Shepard to come out, and that it's an episode of 'Punk'd.'"

Cooper added: "I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this. ... I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other times I look horrifying."

So which TV stars have been deemed hot enough to join Cooper on the list? Well, there are some conventional hotties like 'Luther' star Idris Elba, 'Community's Joel McHale and 'Game of Thrones' glowering Horse Lord Jason Momoa, but there are also a few guys who are, well, perhaps less obviously hot in the conventional sense.

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Ron Swanson Knows How to Profit from the End of the World on 'Parks & Rec' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 4th 2011 2:00AM
'Parks & Recreation' - 'End of the World'It was the end of the world this week on 'Parks & Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC). We found it rather charming that the Parks Department of Pawnee is so gracious and cordial to this group of fanatics who calculate the end of the world regularly, rescheduling each time the world doesn't end as predicted.

Ron Swanson has even found a way to profit from their zealous conviction. He brought with him some flutes and recorders he'd fashioned at home in his wood shop, and charged exorbitant prices to the believers.

His look to the camera when one of them slyly asked if he'd take a check he could deposit tomorrow -- after the world ended, of course -- was absolutely priceless.

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Your Very Own Ron Swanson Halloween Mask

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 6:45PM
Ron SwansonStill struggling with what to be for Halloween even after all our suggestions? Well, you can always be the legendary Ron Effing Swanson.

Thanks to Tauntr.com, you can print out your very own Ron Swanson mask. Don't worry, it's not a creepy picture of 'Parks and Recreation' star Nick Offerman -- it's a stylish cartoon rendering.

Just cut it out, throw on your best generic polo and slacks and you're good to go. For added effect you can carry around a giant turkey leg wrapped in bacon. Boom, we just saved your Halloween.

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Ron Swanson Is No Longer His Own Man on 'Parks & Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 12:45AM
'Parks & Recreation' - 'Ron & Tammys'Ron Swanson is one of the manliest men to ever appear on television. His mustache alone has become the stuff of TV legend, which made his transformation on this week's 'Parks & Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC) all the more tragic.

For the second time in series history, an ex-wife named Tammy has proven able to completely transform his behavior. Only this time, she completely emasculated him. First of all, Ron without a mustache is a frightening thing to behold, but then he passed on yelling about government spending?

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'Parks & Recreation': 5 Things to Know About 'Ron and Tammys'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 29th 2011 1:30PM
Parks and Recreation, Ron and TammysIt's the moment we've been waiting for: The gathering of the Tammys on 'Parks and Recreation' (Thurs., Sept. 29, 8:30PM ET on NBC).

Yep, in 'Ron and Tammys,' Tammy 2 (Megan Mullally), Tammy 1 (Patricia Clarkson) and Tammy 0 (Paula Pell) will all pop up to cause havoc in Ron Swanson's life.

Things deteriorate rapidly and can only be solved via a very special drink-off! The stakes are high and the ending may surprise you.

What else should you expect? Patricia Clarkson being awesome and then some!

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'Parks and Recreation' Finds Ron Swanson's Mom, Morgan Fairchild Returns to Primetime & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 16th 2011 10:10AM
Ron SwansonPaula Pell, known for her writing duties on '30 Rock' and 'Saturday Night Live,' has been cast as Ron Swanson's (Nick Offerman) mother, Tammy, on 'Parks and Recreation.'

According to TV Guide, Pell, who plays Paula Hornberger on '30 Rock,' will appear as Tammy Zero early in Season 4.

Patricia Clarkson will appear in Season 4 as Tammy 1, Ron's first ex-wife. Megan Mullally, Offerman's real-life wife, has made several appearances as Tammy 2, Ron's second ex-wife named Tammy.

Can Pawnee handle three different Tammys? We'll see on Sept. 22 when 'Parks and Recreation' returns to NBC.

In other casting news ...

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Ron Swanson's Facial Hair Takes Center Stage in 'Parks & Recreation' Season 4

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 12th 2011 11:00AM
Ron Swanson, Parks and RecreationWhen Season 4 of 'Parks and Recreation' kicks off, expect a supporting player to shine: Ron Swanson's prodigious facial hair.

Yes, that epic and oh-so manly mustache will be featured prominently in the fourth season of the hit NBC comedy.

"The current plan is for Ron's facial hair to go through a lot of changes in the first few episodes," Mike Schur, 'Parks and Rec.' executive producer, told TV Guide. "He'll have several different looks in the first few episodes if things stay the way they're planned. Honestly, it wasn't our goal -- to send Ron's facial hair through its own arc -- but we pitched these stories for him involving Tammy 1 and all these other things and we found ourselves in this funny situation where a lot of the ways that we wanted to tell the story of what was happening to him involved his facial hair -- as it should, probably, when you have someone with facial hair as distinctive as Nick's."

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Ben & Jerry's Responds to Fictional Ron Swanson Ice Cream Flavor

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 26th 2011 9:00AM
Ron Swanson, Nick OffermanA cute fan-made image of a Ron Swanson-inspired Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor has been floating around the Internet for the last week, much to the delight of everybody here at AOL TV. But, things got real when Ben & Jerry's took note.

Taken from a line in a 'Parks and Recreation Season 3 episode where Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) demands all the bacon and eggs a diner has, the fictional ice cream is scotch-flavored and called "All the Bacon and Eggs You Have." Sounds ... perfect? Gross? Amazing? Too hard to say, really.

The fine folks and Ben & Jerry's took notice of the exceptional fan-crafted ice cream carton art and said this in a statement to NBC:

"We're thrilled that a passionate and dedicated Pawnee city government employee like Ron Swanson (who is a shotgun of humor to the funny bone) is getting his just desserts."

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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'Parks and Recreation' Star Nick Offerman Grows Facial Hair for a Good Cause (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 1st 2011 2:15PM
Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson on 'Parks and Recreation'Gentlemen, stop shaving. I mean it -- letting that facial hair grow is good for the environment!

Did you know that every time you shave, you're using about five gallons of water? Budweiser's "Grow One. Save a Million." campaign is growing awareness of that fact and more leading up to World Environment Day this Sunday, June 5.

'Parks and Recreation' star (and owner of some awesome facial hair) Nick Offerman has teamed with Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch to ask men to stop shaving this week. In doing so, the company aims to raise awareness about easy ways to conserve water, while saving around 1 million gallons of water in the process.

AOL TV caught up with the spokesman -- sporting more than just his character's signature stache -- to hear about the cause, why he's a "pantywaist" compared to his manly-man family and how this ties into his TV alter-ego: "Ron Swanson loves to be outdoors in nature, and so he would really love supporting a clean water initiative."

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Fallon Feeds Nick Offerman and Maya Rudolph a Ron Swanson Turkey Burger (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2011 6:17AM
Nick Offerman, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Ron Swanson is a man's man on 'Parks & Recreation.' As such, he would never stoop to replacing beef with turkey. So in a recent episode when asked if he'd tried a turkey burger, he replied that he'd eaten a "deep-fried turkey leg inside a beef burger." With Nick Offerman on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Jimmy Fallon had just that.

He pulled out an enormous burger on a bun the size of Maya Rudolph's pregnant belly. According to Offerman, the turkey bone was still in the burger. Regardless, in it's own way it did look delicious.

"Do you have to unhinge your jaw to put that thing in your mouth?" Rudolph asked from across the couch. She was about to find out as Fallon cut the burger into three parts: A quarter each for Offerman and Fallon and half for Rudolph and baby.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Nick Offerman Look at Cats That Look Like Ron Swanson (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 3rd 2011 1:45PM
Jimmy Kimmel Looks at Cats That Look Like Ron SwansonJimmy Kimmel declares Nick Offerman's character Ron Swanson an almost "cult figure" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM on ABC). To prove his point, Kimmel then shows images from a Tumblr site dedicated to photos of cats that look like the 'Parks and Recreation' character.

Kimmel looks at several grumpy-faced, heavy-browed kitties, all of which do, in fact, bear a striking resemblance to Swanson.

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Ron Swanson Week, Part 5: Secrets of the Mustache (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 21st 2011 1:15PM
During Ron Swanson Week here at TV Squad, 'Parks and Recreation' star Nick Offerman talked about almost every aspect of his iconic character.

We grilled him about what makes Ron great, what kinds of ladies he loves and why women named Tammy give him such trouble. We talked to one of the show's co-creators about the multi-talented character's enduring appeal. Last night, viewers of the 'Parks and Rec' season premiere learned even more about him via the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness (click on the image in this story to see Pyramid at full size).

We've learned so much about the man, the myth, the legend. There was only one subject left to explore.

The mustache.

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Ron Swanson Week, Part 4: The Origins, the Mystery, the Magic (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 20th 2011 11:40AM
Nick Offerman, Parks and RecreationRon Swanson was actually created by mere mortals. Humans. I know, I can't believe it either, but it's true.

I thought on the fourth day of Ron Swanson Week, it was time to let 'Parks and Recreation' co-creator and executive producer Michael Schur talk about the genesis of the character, and why he thinks that Nick Offerman, the man who plays the Pawnee parks bureaucrat, is likely to save him from the apocalypse.

Also, frankly, I wasn't quite sure if America could handle four Ron-only clips in a row.

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Ron Swanson Yourself: Add His Mustache to Your Profile Picture!

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 20th 2011 8:00AM
Ron Swanson, Nick OffermanWe've been celebrating Ron Swanson Week in anticipation of 'Parks and Recreation's' season 3 premiere tonight (9:30PM ET, NBC).

Our own Mo Ryan talked to star Nick Offerman about Ron Swanson's Tammy problem, dream date and status as an American icon.

But Ron Swanson isn't just a character; he's a state of being. You, too, can embody Ron -- all you need is the mustache.

So, if you want to get some of that Swanson swagger, print out the mustache below and paste it onto your profile pic on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Check out the TV Squad staff's Ron Swanson-ed pics!

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