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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]