On Saturday night, The Paley Center for Media hosted a panel for the cast and creators of NBC's Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Paul Schneider and Aubrey Plaza held court along with series creators Michael Schur and Greg Daniels (The Office). IGN TV was there to get an inside look at the hilarious spirit of this sophomore surprise. Season 1 of Parks and Recreation, which was just 6 episodes, was received politely (perhaps even coldly) but it also came with ton of comparisons to its bigger, more famous brother, The Office. Everyone is in agreement these days that Parks has not only gotten a hell of a lot funnier, but it often stands out as the funniest NBC offering on Thursdays.
What's been the difference maker? Did the series just need time to breathe? "Like a fine wine," Poehler smiled, "I always knew this show was complex and needed to open up a little bit. I like to think that the show needed to decant." Poehler went on to say that she felt that enough time had passed where the viewers felt like they could attach themselves to the characters a bit more. "People are starting to care about the people on the show," Poehler stated. "It was always our intention that the show be funny, but also a show where you actually wanted to see what happened to the characters." Poehler said that the internal tweaks that they made to the show were fairly small and were just little creative ways to figure out how to include everyone on the show.
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