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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, [...]

Talking to 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Co-Creator Dan Goor

Network TV's best new sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, sure has had a successful first season. In its inaugural year, Brooklyn won two Golden Globes, received an early renewal for a second season, and got to air an episode in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot.

I recently chatted with Brooklyn Nine-Nine's co-creator and showrunner, Dan Goor, who got his start working on The Daily Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien before becoming one of Parks and Recreation's key writers and eventually co-creating Brooklyn Nine-Nine with Parks mastermind Mike Schur. Goor and I discussed the future of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, what makes a good sitcom pilot, and having your [...]

Talking to Joe Mande About His Standup Mixtape, Writing for 'Parks and Rec', and Buying a Million Twitter Followers

Joe Mande always seems one step ahead.

Whether it’s his Twitter stunts, multimedia shows, or stories about attending a live taping of The Mike Huckabee Show really high, the LA-based comedian and writer has a knack for getting out in front of trends.

It makes sense then that Mande’s latest project is a comedy mixtape he’s releasing in place of a traditional album, complete with DJ drops, comedy sketches, and cameos from Amy Poehler, A$AP Yams, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Jon Daly, Roy Hibbert, and more. The mixtape, which drops today, is called Bitchface and it's being released on former Das Racist frontman Heem’s record [...]

Michelle Obama to Guest Star on 'Parks and Rec'

Michelle Obama is set to make her sitcom debut. THR reports that the first lady is set to cameo in Parks and Recreation's one-hour season finale, titled "Moving Up," which was filmed recently and will air Thursday, April 24th. Obama shot her cameo in Miami, where she was working to raise money to fight childhood obesity. Past political figures to land on Parks and Rec include Joe Biden, John McCain, and Barbara Boxer.

Parks's showrunner/co-creator Mike Schur told THR that his dream political guest star is Leslie Knope's idol, Hillary Clinton:

"I always imagined the perfect ending to the series — and I hope it's not for a while [...]

'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 [...]

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.

'This Is the End', 'Parks and Rec', and 'Key & Peele' Nominated for the 2014 American Comedy Awards

Nominations came out today for the American Comedy Awards, and This Is the End, Parks and Recreation, Key & Peele, and more all scored nominations. The American Comedy Awards ran from 1987 to 2001 before being discontinued, but NBC announced in October that the awards are being resurrected after 13 years away and that they'll be broadcasting them. Voting is open to the public, and you can cast your vote on the show's 19 categories, including categories for standups and web videos, by visiting the awards' official website or their Facebook page.

The American Comedy Awards' TV and movie nominations are pretty spot-on and more in [...]

'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 [...]

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 [...]

Aubrey Plaza to Play the Female Lead in Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle'

Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has booked her next movie role. She'll be playing the female lead in Ned Rifle, the long-awaited dark comedy from writer/director Hal Hartley, Variety reports. Ned Rifle is the third and final chapter in Hartley's Henry Fool trilogy, which began with 1997's Henry Fool and continued with 2007's Fay Grim. The movie was funded by a Kickstarter campaign last year.

Here's Hartley describing the plot:

In this swiftly paced conclusion, Henry and Fay's son, Ned, played by Liam Aiken, turns 18 and leaves a witness protection program. ("Rifle" is his maternal grandmother's maiden name—he's incognito). His mom has spent the last [...]

Here's a 'Parks and Rec' Deleted Scene Starring Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, and the Iron Throne

NBC just released this extended version of a scene from the most recent episode of Parks and Rec, in which Leslie gives Ben a replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. It's pretty much just three minutes of Amy Poehler and Adam Scott dicking around and improvising with the Throne, and it's a fun watch.