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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.

'Parks and Recreation's Seventh Season Will Be Its Last

The era of NBC's must-see Thursday night comedies is nearing its end. NBC announced its fall Thursday night lineup over the weekend, and notably absent from the schedule is veteran comedy Parks and Recreation. "We have several of our strongest comedies by some of our best auspices being held for midseason, including the final season of Parks and Recreation," NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, which series creator Mike Schur confirmed on Twitter yesterday: "The 7th season of #ParksandRec will be our last (100% mutual between creative team and network). Sad, but happy and excited. See you soon!" Schur also stressed that NBC [...]

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:

'Workaholics' Star Blake Anderson to Appear on 'Parks and Rec' Season Finale

EW reports that Workaholics star Blake Anderson is set to appear on the hourlong sixth season finale of Parks and Recreation next week. Joining Anderson will be a bunch of guest stars including Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, Jeff Tweedy, Michelle Obama, and a yet-to-be-revealed mystery guest. Anderson will play Mike Bean, a co-founder of Bay Area tech start-up Grizzle visited by Ben and Andy. "The only thing you need to know about him is that he's in the Grizzle office, and he's not wearing any shoes," Mike Schur told EW. "He just walks around barefoot all day."

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 [...]

Nick Offerman Jokes About the Time Warner-Comcast Merger and Gun Control in His Correspondents Dinner Speech

Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman hosted the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. yesterday night, and here's his speech from it, in which a mustache-less Offerman makes a bunch of jokes about Eric Cantor, gun control, and his hatred for Time Warner and Comcast.

Check out the second half of his speech below:

This Week in Comedy: 'Parks and Rec' and 'Archer' End Their Seasons

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-We reviewed the latest seasons of Parks and Recreation and Archer, both of which wrapped up this week.

-Will Hines gave a strong defense of the practical implications of improv.

-We reviewed Brett Gelman's new Adult Swim specialDinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends.

 -We took a look at Rick and Morty, Bob's Burgers, and American Dad!, three cartoons in three different stages of life.

-Time magazine unveiled this year's list of the 100 most influential people, and Key and Peele made the cut.

-USA uploaded the pilot to Lennon Parham [...]

Paul Schneider Explains Why He Left 'Parks and Rec' and Won't Ever Go Back

Former Parks and Recreation star Paul Schneider, who played Pawnee city planner Mark Brendanawicz in the show's first two seasons, did an interview with Screencrush shedding some light on his exit from the show and whether he'll ever come back as a guest star as co-creator Mike Schur has suggested.

"That experience was very strange for me," said Schneider reflecting on Parks and Rec. "I signed up for a specific character that was changed in mid-season. And it became a character with a lot less to do. And, all of a sudden, I was kind of confused and kind of having a lot less to do." When [...]

Here's Bo Burnham's Country Song from 'Parks and Rec'

Bo Burnham guest starred on last week's episode of Parks and Recreation as super-American country singer Chipp McCapp, and here's a music video for his song, "Beautiful Like My Mom (Support the Troops)" that's sure to replace the national anthem in a few years.

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 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.

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.

Amy Poehler Says 'Parks and Rec's Season Finale Has a "Very Exciting Last Moment"

"The last moments are really important. Big things happen that show you where we’re going … The end is pretty exciting and — dare I say — a very exciting last moment. I’m very excited for people to see it.”

-Amy Poehler teasing Parks and Recreation's season finale, which airs this Thursday, in a conference call to reporters, or rather, teasing the very end of the finale.

Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, and More Are Doing 'Parks and Recreation's Rock Concert Season Finale

Parks and Recreation is doing a big rock concert episode for its April 24th season finale, and a lot of big names are slated to show up.  Co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur tells The A.V. Club that in addition to previously-announced musical guests like Jeff Tweedy and The Decemberists, the finale will also feature appearances from Yo La Tengo, Ginuwine, and Letters to Cleo. Best of all, Yo La Tengo will be playing a Night Ranger cover band called Bobby Knight Ranger. Here's Schur explaining more:

"It was really crazy. We basically threw a rock concert, with a giant stage and a thousand extras … [Yo La Tengo] showed up, [...]