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'Parks and Recreation': Leslie Knope becomes an author

"Parks and Recreation's" setting of Pawnee, Ind., may be the most fleshed-out fictional town of any show this side of "The Simpsons." Soon you'll be able to spend even more time there.NBC and Hyperion Books have announced the publication of "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America," a 240-page book "written, completed, researched, typed, collated, proof-read and run through spell-check" by Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler's unflappably upbeat Pawnee booster."The ever-expanding town of Pawnee has become its own character in our show, and we're thrilled that we got to accelerate that expansion in one giant, goofy 240-page comedy book," "Parks and Rec" co-creator Mike Schur says. "It's a complete portrait of Everytown, USA, which every reader -- whether a fan of the show or a newbie -- can enjoy."The book -- is written from Leslie's point of view, but other characters will have their say as well. Readers will also get a complete list of past town... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/parks-and-recreation-leslie-knope-becomes-an-author.html

TCA Nominations: 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Parks and Rec,' 'Justified' recognized

The Television Critics Association has announced its 2011 TCA Award Nominations, which include honors for "Boardwalk Empire," "Community," and the final season of "Friday Night Lights.""Parks and Recreation" is also nominated -- both Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. Offerman will host the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 6."The Television Critics Association's yearly awards are a prestigious event where seasoned professional TV writers offer their choices for the people and shows bringing the best to TV audiences," says TCA President Susan Young. "We do not accept submissions. Nominees represent the TCA's version of the All-Star team and we take great pride in honoring them."The full list of nominees is found below.Individual Achievement in Drama1. Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire," HBO)2. Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones," HBO)3. Jon Hamm ("Mad Men," AMC)4. Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife," CBS) 5. Margo Martindale ("Justified", FX)6.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/tca-nominations-friday-night-lights-parks-and-rec-justified-recognized.html

'Parks and Rec's' Adam Scott joins Seth Rogen, Barbra Streisand in 'My Mother's Curse'

"Parks and Recreation" star Adam Scott has set up co-starring roles in two upcoming comedies, according to   The Hollywood Reporter. The first is "My Mother's Curse," which has   already cast   Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand as a mother/son duo driving cross-country trying to sell the son's latest invention and simultaneously reunite the mother with a long-lost love. Paramount will release "Curse," which also stars Colin Hanks and Yvonne Strahovski. Anne Fletcher ("The Proposal") is directing from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman ("Crazy Stupid Love"). Lorne Michaels ("Saturday Night Live"), John Goldwyn and Evan Goldberg ("Superbad") are producing. Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/articles/parks-and-recs-adam-scott-joins-seth-rogen-barbra-streisand-in-my-mothers-curse

'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein's new deal; 'Parks and Rec's' Nick Offerman hosting TCA Awards

Today's TV snacks include news about the man in charge of "The Office," the man in charge of the Pawnee parks department and bits about a couple midseason series. "Ofifce" showrunner Paul Lieberstein has signed a three-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. He'll eventually work on new series projects for the studio, but for the time being his focus will be on the continuing transition of "The Office" following Steve Carell's departure. [Deadline]"Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman -- aka Ron Swanson -- will serve as host for the Television Critics Association Awards on Aug. 6. Says Offerman: "I am mighty flattered to be invited to speak in front of a crowd like this. The last time I was awarded such a privilege was in front of the Eagle Scouts disciplinary board, concerning what came to be known as 'The Astonishing Cowsh*! Incident of 1987' in Grundy County, Illinois. I presume this engagment will... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/office-showrunner-paul-liebersteins-new-deal-parks-and-recs-nick-offerman-hosting-tca-awards.html

'Parks and Recreation' Star Nick Offerman Grows Facial Hair for a Good Cause (VIDEO)

Gentlemen, stop shaving. I mean it -- letting that facial hair grow is good for the environment! Did you know that every time you shave, you're using about five gallons of water? Budweiser's "Grow One. Save a Million." campaign is growing awareness of that fact and more leading up to World Environment Day this Sunday, June 5. 'Parks and Recreation' star (and owner of some awesome facial hair) Nick Offerman has teamed with Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch to ask men to stop shaving this week. In doing so, the company aims to raise awareness about easy ways to conserve water, while saving around 1 million gallons of water in the process. AOL TV caught up with the spokesman -- sporting more than just his character's signature stache -- to hear about the cause, why he's a "pantywaist" compared to his manly-man family and how this ties into his TV alter-ego: "Ron Swanson loves to be outdoors in nature, and so he would really love supporting a clean water initiative." http://www.aoltv.com/2011/06/01/parks-and-recreation-nick-offerman-grow-one-save-a-million/

Parks and Recreation Presents: Literally, The Funniest Video of All-Time!

In an exclusive, videotaped interview with TV Fanatic, Nick Offerman cracked us up. Similarly, we can't help but laugh at a recent video released by Parks and Recreation that features Offerman's hilarious co-star, Rob Lowe. Is this, literally, the funniest thing we've ever seen? In honor of Chris Traeger, we better say yes. And it really might be... http://www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/parks-and-recreation-presents-literally-the-funniest-video-of-al/

'Parks and Recreation': Literally, all of Rob Lowe's 'literallys'

With "Parks and Recreation" having ended its season last week, we are literally counting the days until it returns in the fall.OK, not literally. NBC hasn't set its fall premiere dates yet, and you can't start a countdown unless you know the endpoint (although we figure the show will be back in about four months). But we have "literally" on the brain, thanks to the following compilation of nearly every time Rob Lowe's character, Chris Traeger, uttered the word -- which he pronounces "LIT'rally" -- this season. (It was put together before the finale, so we're missing his calling the doctor "lit'rally the meanest person I've ever met.")Chris is one of the great comedic creations of the past couple years, in no small part because he's so upbeat that when he uses "literally" in a sentence, you actually believe he means it. Four months is still a considerable length to wait for new "Parks and... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/parks-and-recreation-literally-all-of-rob-lowes-literallys.html

Parks and Recreation Casting Call: Who Should Play Tammy the First?

For a sitcom, the Parks and Recreation season finale sure dropped a few bombshells. One of the most outrageous moments involved a coif-singed, eyebrowless Ron Swanson being confronted by his ex-wife, Tammy Number-Two (played hilariously, as usual, by Nick Offerman's real life wife, Megan Mullaly), and then simultaneously being blindsided by the appearance of first ex-wife, Tammy Number-One, who we only partially saw through a window. Read More... http://www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/parks-and-recreation-casting-call-who-should-play-tammy-the-firs/

TV Ratings: 'American Idol' results and 'Bones' dip, 'Mentalist' finale up

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 19, 2011The "American Idol" results show narrowed the pool from three to two, losing a fraction of last week's audience in the process, but still buoying FOX to win the night. "Bones" season finale was also down from last Thursday -- though it bested the 2010 finale with help from the different timeslot. In other finales, "The Office" regained some of its post-Carell audience loss with a one-hour episode that topped in adults 18-49, and the season finale of "The Mentalist" was up from last week's numbers.FOX led the night with 15.6 million viewers and a 9.1 rating/15 share in households, besting the improved CBS (12.5 million, 7.7/12), which came in second. ABC came in third with 7.5  million viewers and a 5.0/8, with NBC (4.7 million, 2.9/5) in fourth and The CW at the bottom with just 1.3 million viewers and a 0.8/1.The adults 18-49 demographic also belonged... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/tv-ratings-american-idol-results-and-bones-dip-mentalist-finale-up.html

'Parks and Recreation' Boss Mike Schur on the Eventful Finale & Season 4

Last night's 'Parks and Recreation' season finale was a game-changer for the show. Something big happened to every major character in the last act of the last episode, setting up a Season 4 that will have a lot going on. Both in my recap and in my colleague Mo Ryan's assessment, we bring up those changes and speculate what that might mean for the show coming out of a successful third season -- one that placed the series among the best on television. Executive producer Mike Schur had a "go big or go home" attitude about the finale, especially because he and his staff wrote it in a vacuum. As most fans know, all 16 episodes were shot before the first one aired, so he had time to perfect them all. "I had months to edit the episodes and really hone them. It was like a control freak's dream," he told AOL TV. In a wide-ranging interview, Mike talked about the finale, how he plans to address the changes in Season 4, his thoughts on the Ron Swanson turkey burger and his joy at being able to use a former Indiana Pacer as a recurring character. http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/20/mike-schur-interview-parks-and-recreation-season-3-finale/
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