For years, Parks and Recreation has lived on the brink of cancellation and suffered from unpredictable episode orders and schedules. As creator Mike Schur has discussed, the show’s fifth season was initially only given 13 episodes, while the rest were ordered later on. That meant that midway through last year’s Parks, a finale of sorts occurred with the wedding of Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott).
The following eight episodes then had to start a new stretch of stories and wrap up with another finale in May. In those four hours of TV, a flurry of new plotlines appeared: Leslie was suddenly [...]
Few writers in the TV world pull off creating two shows that are on the air at the same time, but Mike Schur just became part of that club. The Parks and Recreation co-creator's new series, the Andy Samberg cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, premieres tonight on Fox. Schur co-created the ensemble show with longtime Parks writer Dan Goor, and it's one of the most promising comedies of the new TV season. I had the chance to talk to Mike Schur last week about what to expect from Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine this season, why he hated playing Mose on The Office, adapting Infinite Jest into a movie, [...]
Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari just signed a book deal. Penguin Press announced today that they've hired the comedian to write his first book, a semi-academic tome on the subject of romance. The untitled book will focus on "the basic issues facing a single person—whom we meet, how we meet them, and what happens next—have been radically altered by new technologies." Here's Ansari, who has talked to academics and done original research for the project, is describing the book in the press release:
You know when you text someone you're romantically interested in and you don't hear anything back and then you see them post a photo [...]
Last week, it was announced that Parks and Recreation cast members Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are departing halfway through the upcoming sixth season. Costar Nick Offerman discussed the matter in an interview with Collider today:
"We’re all sad too. I think it’s incredible that we’ve managed to keep this ridiculously talented ensemble together for as long as we have. People like Rashida and Rob and a bunch of the rest of the cast are exploding. They’ve got all kinds of opportunities going on, and so while we’re all sad that those two are moving on, I’m very grateful that we kept them around as long as [...]