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Netflix Orders a New Comedy Series from Aziz Ansari and Mike Schur

Aziz Ansari is headed to Netflix with his very own show. According to THR, the streaming network has ordered a 10-episode half-hour comedy series starring Ansari, co-created by former Parks and Recreation Alan Yang, and executive produced by Parks and Rec co-creator Mike Schur. No plot details have been revealed, but the untitled series is reportedly based on Ansari's life, and H. Jon Benjamin, Lena Waithe, Eric Wareheim, Noël Wells, and Bob's Burgers writer Kelvin Yu will round out the supporting cast. Production on the show has already kicked off in New York.

Mike Schur on the End of 'Parks and Recreation' and NBC's Thursday Night Comedies

If you've been a TV comedy fan within the past ten years, chances are that Mike Schur is behind one of your favorite shows. An original writer and producer on the American Office, Schur currently serves as co-creator of two major network comedies starring SNL alums with Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine and NBC's Parks and Recreation, which kicks off its seventh and final season tonight. Ahead of the Parks season premiere, I talked with Schur about how he approached the end of the Amy Poehler-starring show, what he thinks of the future of major network sitcoms, and what separates a successful final season from the rest.

Season Six of 'Parks and Recreation' Was a Love Letter to Pawnee

Leslie Knope has been through a lot since we first met her at Pawnee's Parks and Recreation office back in 2009. She's cycled through jobs, relationships, and personal challenges, always coming out with a hyper-optimism that is rarely displayed in modern sitcom characters. This season we watched her hit her highest highs and lowest lows, and, if the final minutes of last night's season finale are any indication, her struggles over the last six seasons were totally worth it.

Mike Schur on Overnight TV Ratings

"First of all, those overnight ratings are very silly, and we all need to stop reporting them and caring about them … Obviously, what matters is how networks can make money from ratings, but this is the system we have invented, where you can watch episodes of most shows on many different platforms at your absolute leisure, and yet we are still using a system that measures only the people who watched it the second it aired. It's like measuring album sales based on who bought the album within ten minutes of its release."

-Mike Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to Hitfix on how meaningless overnight [...]

'Parks and Recreation' Boss Mike Schur Wrote a Piece About Harold Ramis, and It's Amazing

"Groundhog Day is a perfect movie, and in every fractal and crazy looping folding scene you sense his steady hand at the wheel, ushering you along, keeping everything in focus. All of his movies had that calm, the assurance that what he had written, or directed, or both, was good and interesting and built well. That there was no need to strain and mug and beg for laughs like Daffy Duck, heaving at the end of a furious tap dance routine, arms splayed, begging for audience approval. Ramis never tap-danced. He presented his case, joyfully, confidently, a world-class funny Normal Person director and actor and writer: Here, everyone, I made [...]

Celebrate 'The Office's 10th Anniversary with an Oral History of "Diversity Day"

Today marks ten years since the American Office debuted on NBC, and to celebrate Uproxx put together a thorough oral history of the show's second (and arguably best ever) episode "Diversity Day" written by B.J. Novak and featuring consulting producer Larry Wilmore as Mr. Brown. Here's an excerpt from Angela Kinsey, who looks back on filming Michael Scott's "sensitivity training" scene in the conference room:

When we were filming it, there was this moment where we were all in the conference room with all these things on our foreheads. Mine was Jamaica. Jenna was Jewish. I’m sitting next to her and I look at her and Steve [...]

Mike Schur Says It's "Downright Un-American" That Amy Poehler Hasn't Won an Emmy

"Amy Poehler has been nominated for 10 Emmys in six categories and she's never won. That's silly. It's downright un-American. And it ends, hopefully, this year."

– Parks and Rec's Mike Schur in a new guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, in which he makes a solid case for why Amy Poehler is long overdue an Emmy Award for her work.

Mike Schur Gives a Spoiler-Filled Explanation of 'Parks and Rec's Season Finale and Future

Last night's Parks and Rec finale featured a lot of surprises, and Hitfix has an interview with Parks and Recreation co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur about what to expect from the show's seventh and possibly final season in the wake of what we saw last night.

If you haven't seen the finale yet and don't want to be spoiled, stop reading this now:

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's First Season Lives Up to Its Hype

Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered with an entertaining-enough premise, a cast that seemed to have a natural chemistry, and some established cred behind the camera in co-creator Mike Schur. When the show and its star won Golden Globes in February, a shift could be felt in the televerse. This was no longer a TV show featuring the work of comedy darlings whose main fan base is readers of a site like this, but now a critically-acclaimed, mainstream, award-winning sitcom. Tack onto that an early season two pickup, and the game had completely changed.

What Brooklyn Nine-Nine has always had to its advantage is an ensemble of talented actors [...]

'Parks and Rec' Co-Creator Mike Schur: "It Wouldn’t Surprise Me If Next Year Were the Final Season"

Parks and Recreation co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur gave an interview to EW about the future of the series, and he said that he expects next year to be the show's last, although no decision has been made:

“We haven’t talked about it with NBC officially, but for many reasons — mostly just creatively in terms of where we’re building to this year — it would be natural if next year were the last year. I mean, you never know. We thought season 3 was our last year … No decision has been made on that, but it wouldn’t surprise me if next year were the final season.”

Parks and [...]

How 'Parks and Rec' Landed Last Night's Surprise Bill Murray Cameo

With only two episodes left in the series, Parks and Recreation revealed a huge surprise last night that's been a longtime dream of the cast and writers: Bill Murray appeared as the (until now) mysterious Mayor Gunderson. Entertainment Weekly has the backstory on how the show managed to score the elusive Murray cameo, and it's about as far-fetched and unexpected as you might expect. Here's what executive producer Mike Schur told us about his hopes to get Murray on the show back in 2013:

He's sort of ascended above the atmosphere of the actual tangible comedy world. He doesn't exist in reality to me anymore; he's like [...]

'Parks and Rec' Boss Mike Schur Wants to Cast "The Funniest People" for Every Part

"On Parks and Recreation we have this casting rule that we call the Poehler Doctrine. In season [two], there was a guest character that called for a handsome, hunky police officer who Leslie Knope was going to date. Amy suggested Louis C.K., and I said, 'He doesn’t match the profile.' Her response was, 'Who cares? He’s hilarious.' I agreed, and from that point forward, even on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, our M.O. is to cast the funniest people for the part."

Parks and Rec/Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur in about why he doesn't care about stunty guest stars and just wants to hire super funny people.

Mike Schur Compares 'Parks and Rec', 'The Mindy Project', and 'The Office'

"We both came from the office-comedy world. You took the office-comedy world and said, 'I’m going to be a boy-crazy, high-achieving goofball, and the show is going to be like a second Office but the subject material is going to be much more about romantic life.' And then [with Parks and Recreation], I took the office-comedy world and just went into things that I was interested in, like government, public service, and high-minded achievements … we took the same setting and put our own spin on it."

-Mike Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, in conversation with Mindy Kaling for Vulture, comparing his show to her show, The Mindy Project, and the [...]

Amy Poehler Calls 'Parks and Rec' the Best Job She's Ever Had

"Mike and I knew each other at SNL and he just said a very simple thing to me when he was pitching me the show and the idea of the show, which was: 'You will really like the way we do this show, and I promise you this will be, like, the best job you will ever have.' Something very simple and he was right."

Amy Poehler on being approached by Mike Schur to join Parks and Rec during last night's Q&A panel at PaleyFest.