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Watch the Producer's Cut of the 'Parks and Recreation' Series Finale

In case Tuesday night's Parks and Recreation series finale didn't give you enough closure, NBC uploaded the full 53-minute producer's cut that includes a deleted scene with Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa, which Ben Schwartz shared on Tumblr yesterday along with a wonderful farewell message titled "Goodbye Parks and Recreation, I’ve Always Loved You." Here's an excerpt:

Last night, after 7 seasons, the final episode of Parks and Recreation aired and it hasn’t quite hit me yet that it’s all over and I’ll never play Jean-Ralphio again. It has been such an amazing, love-filled ride. I wanted to say thank you to that perfect cast, legendary writers room, brilliant [...]

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 [...]

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.

'Parks and Rec's Final Season Premieres January 13th and Ends February 24th

NBC is rushing the final season of Parks and Recreation on a new time slot far away from the once-great NBC Thursday comedy block. According to Entertainment Weekly, Parks and Rec's seventh and last season will kick off on Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00pm — two days after Amy Poehler cohosts the Golden Globes with Tina Fey — and air back-to-back episodes each week until the hourlong series finale on February 24th. "I think everyone feels like, 'We don’t want to overstay our welcome. We want to go out on a high note,'" creator Mike Schur told EW earlier this year. "We did this big creative [...]

'SNL' Review: A New Hope with Chris Pratt

The seasons have certainly changed at Saturday Night Live. The show's 40th season began with an episode that hardly resembled a season premiere, with little pomp or circumstance over SNL's impressive four-decade lifespan, and in its place a straightforward night of comedy that reflected a show well adjusted to its new lineup. Nerves did occasionally get the better of the performers — especially first-time host Chris Pratt, who coasted on his signature goofy charm, flashing that Andy Dwyer "oops" face a few times — but overall the episode charged forward with a leaner (and more colorful) cast, and a greater confidence in its sense of humor.

We aren't out of the woods just yet, though. SNL's live sketches suffer [...]

The 'Parks and Recreation' Cast Talk the Series Finale on 'Late Night'

Last night's Late Night was an extra special episode for two reasons — not only was it dedicated to the end of Parks and Recreation with the cast, but it was also Late Night's one-year anniversary on NBC. Watch the Parks and Rec cast talk about the finale above, then check out more clips from their appearance below:

Watch Ron Swanson Solve the "Lady Gaga of Scavenger Hunts" in a Cut 'Parks and Rec' Scene

The next two episodes of Parks and Recreation air on NBC tonight, and the network released a clip today of the original cold open from the second episode "Pie-Mary" that got cut for time featuring Craig (Billy Eichner) presenting Ron Swanson with "the Lady Gaga of scavenger hunts" at Pawnee's Harvest Festival. "We had to cut this Ron cold open from tonight's second #ParksandRec episode (not enough time)," co-creator Mike Schur tweeted, "and it killed me." Watch it in full above.

The Stars of 'Parks and Rec' Reflect on the Final Season

Parks and Recreation returns for its farewell season in one week, and to amp up the emotion NBC released the above video of Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, and the rest of the Parks and Rec cast looking back on shooting the final season together. Watch a sneak peek of next Tuesday's season premiere below:

Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, and Jon Hamm Will Show Up in the Final Season of 'Parks and Rec'

NBC's Parks and Recreation is gearing up for its grand finale, and some old friends are set to show up throughout the season. In addition to previously announced guest stars Megan Mullally, Rachel Dratch, and Werner Herzog, Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are confirmed to make a one-episode appearance next season reprising their roles as Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins. "We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted, because some people had other obligations," Mike Schur told TV Line . "But a lot of the people we were hoping to see one more [...]

Ben Schwartz Explains How His Haircut Led to a Role on 'Parks and Rec'

"Prior to that, my hair was crazy. I'd been working with Mitch Hurwitz on a pilot, and I mentioned needing to get a haircut. But he's like, 'No, no, no, you will not touch that hair.' So because that went well and I thought it made me stand out more, I was like, 'Fuck it, I'm gonna keep it for auditions.' So I go to Parks and we're about to film my one-and-a-half pages of trying to be Ron [Swanson]'s assistant. Mike Schur comes down, wanting to see how I'm gonna play it, and he just fell in love with my hair. I did Jean-Ralphio once and Mike goes, 'We're [...]

Read a New Oral History of 'Parks and Recreation'

Not long after posting a comprehensive oral history of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Uproxx has a brand new oral history out today on the history and evolution of Amy Poehler's other famous role on NBC's Parks and Recreation, and it's a great read for fans of the show who are looking to ease the pain before tonight's hourlong series finale. Here's an excerpt from Jim O'Heir:

Sadly, pictures have hit the internet of me crying. So I can’t deny. It was rough. We all knew it was coming. But in a way, I’m glad it was because it means that it meant so much to us. It [...]

The 'Parks and Rec' Cast Will Appear on 'Late Night' After the Series Finale

NBC is rushing through the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation by airing two episodes every Tuesday night, and the big finale is now less than a month away. Thankfully, NBC announced today that following the series finale on Tuesday, February 24th, the Parks and Rec cast will appear together on Late Night with Seth Meyers, with the confirmed lineup including Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Jim O’Heir, Retta, and executive producer Mike Schur. Amy Poehler appeared as Late Night's first-ever guest when the show premiered last February, so it's the perfect place for her to return [...]

Here's the First Trailer for 'Parks and Rec's Final Season

Parks and Recreation returns to NBC for its seventh and final season on January 13th, and the network released the first trailer today featuring the Pawnee gang in the year 2017. Apparently in only two years we'll be overtaken by drones and the undeniable charm of Johnny Karate.

Talking with Megan Amram About Her New Book 'Science…For Her!'

I don’t want to start this by talking about Twitter and how it’s now used for more than sharing up to the second news, opinions on that news, and jokes on that news, because we already know this. Also, because Megan Amram deserves more than this. But you can’t talk about Amram and her career without talking about Twitter. Before she was a comedy writer on Parks and Recreation and the Oscars, she was just known for her tweets. And by “just,” I mean her over four hundred thousand followers “just” knew this woman for her weird, often dark, hilarious tweets. It was this simple act of writing jokes on [...]