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'Parks and Recreation': The very best of Andy Dwyer

The stereotypical sitcom dumb guy is something of a rarity these days. But fortunately, we still have Andy Dwyer.Andy (Chris Pratt) is clearly not the brightest bulb in the "Parks and Recreation" chandelier, but he's become so darn lovable over the course of the show's three seasons (he didn't exactly start out that way) that it hardly matters. You may shake your head at the guy, but it's awfully hard to stay mad at him.As part of the show's summer video series, NBC has compiled some of his best/goofiest moments from Season 3. Come for "what makes the sauce so awesome," and stay for "You know who should wear these? Monkeys!"We're also happy to report that the season premiere of "Parks and Rec" is now less than five weeks away -- it debuts at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 22.Enjoy the video:... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/parks-and-recreation-the-very-best-of-andy-dwyer.html

'Parks and Recreation': Meet the original Tammy -- what did she do to Ron?

"Parks and Recreation" will bring us not just one, but two more of the women in Ron Swanson's life this fall. And yes, the latest one is also named Tammy.Paula Pell, a long-time "Saturday Night Live" writer and sometime actress (she's played Scott Adsit's wife on "30 Rock" several times), will guest-star as the ur-Tammy in an early episode this season. We're also meeting Ron's (Nick Offerman) first wife Tammy (Patricia Clarkson) in the season's second episode and will likely get a return appearance by Tammy 2 (Megan Mullally) as well.So what qualities should Ma Swanson possess? (Aside from a good amount of time in the makeup chair; Pell and Offerman are pretty close in age in real life.)It sounds as if "Parks and Rec" is taking the apple-doesn't-fall-far-from-the-tree approach, based on a character description from TV Guide. That means Ron has come by his love of breakfast food, woodworking and distaste for government honestly,... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/parks-and-recreation-meet-the-original-tammy----what-did-she-do-to-ron.html

Parks and Recreation Scoop: Get Ready for Mama Swanson and the Return of Jean-Ralphio!

Are you ready for Tammy, Ground Zero? Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur tells TVGuide.com exclusively that the show is on the hunt for an actress to play Ron Swanson's mother, "who is exactly what you'd imagine the woman who gave birth to Ron Swanson to be like." Read More... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Parks-Recreation-Ron-Swanson-Tammy-Jean-Ralphio-1036067.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Kirstie Alley considers new sitcom; 'Parks and Recreation' meets Homer Simpson

The latest helping of TV snacks includes news on "Parks and Recreation," "Game of Thrones" and ABC's new drama "Revenge," among other items. Eat up:Kirstie Alley may parlay her "Dancing With the Stars" exposure into a new sitcom deal. ABC is reportedly close to ordering a pilot for a show called "The Manzanis." Alley would play the matriarch of a family that ruffles the feathers of its uptight new neighbors in a "country-club" town. [Deadline]The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta, will make a live-action appearance on "Parks and Recreation" this season. He'll play a character described as an "NPR-ish" talk show host -- so, pretty much the opposite of Crazy Ira and the Douche. [Vulture]Two more actors have joined the seemingly ever-expanding "Game of Thrones" cast for Season 2. Gemma Whelan ("The Wolfman") will play Yara Greyjoy (the character is named Asha in the books), Theon's (Alfie Allen) warrior sister, and German actor Tom... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/kirstie-alley-considers-new-sitcom-parks-and-recreation-meets-homer-simpson.html

Parks and Recreation Season 4 Scoop: The Arrival of Tammy 1, The Future of Entertainment 720

Parks and Recreation fans won't need to wait long to officially meet Tammy 1, Tom's first wife, who will be played by Patricia Clarkson and whose arrival in Pawnee was teased on the season three finale. Creator Michael Schur says the character will make her first true appearance one episode two of season four. Read More... http://www.tvfanatic.com/2011/08/parks-and-recreation-season-4-scoop-the-arrival-of-tammy-1-the-f/

'Parks and Recreation': Showrunner Michael Schur on Leslie's decision, Patricia Clarkson and more

As Zap2it began a conversation with "Parks and Recreation" co-creator Michael Schur Monday night (Aug. 1), one of his stars, Aziz Ansari, pulled out a digital recorder too to ask if, in fact, it's true that Michael Clarke Duncan will guest-star as Tom's new love interest this season.It's not -- but it did lead to Schur revealing to us this most minor of spoilers: You'll see former NBA player Detlef Schrempf in at least one episode this season as we check in with Entertainment 720, Tom's new business venture with Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz). We also talked about a lot more, including what Schur's excited about so far, the decision facing Leslie (Amy Poehler) and the casting of Patricia Clarkson as Tammy I. Zap2it: When we talked recently, you said the actress playing Tammy I "can't be a diminutive, blonde-haired lady, probably." Yet you cast Patricia Clarkson.Michael Schur: We were in negotiations and looking at pictures... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/parks-and-recreation-showrunner-michael-schur-on-leslies-decision-patricia-clarkson-and-more.html

'Parks and Recreation': The very best of Jean-Ralphio

Co-owner of Pawnee, Indiana's, Snakehole Lounge and BFF to "Parks and Recreation's" Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) is a brilliant fool. He got rich the old-fashioned way: He got run over by a Lexus. He's a ladykiller: Even Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) wants him to dance up on her. And he's full of amazing ideas: just ask him about his game-show concept. Or, watch this video -- a clip reel of Jean-Ralphio's best moments. This dude is going places. One day he's going to be a billionaire in Costa Rica, eating dolphins and hanging out with lady singers.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/parks-and-recreation-the-very-best-of-jean-ralphio.html

'Parks and Recreation' finds its Tammy I: Patricia Clarkson

When Zap2it spoke with "Parks and Recreation" co-creator Michael Schur about the show's Emmy nomination for best comedy, we also talked a little about the coming season.More specifically, we asked about Tammy I -- Ron's (Nick Offerman) first ex-wife, whose presence was teased in last season's finale -- and whether they were looking for someone to fill the then-vacant role who fits Ron's stated physical type: "pretty, dark-haired women.""That was in our mind," Schur said at the time. "... A lot of factors had to come into play. A lot of things were hinted at -- it's someone who really terrifies the second Tammy [Megan Mullally], so it can't be a diminutive, blonde-haired lady, probably."The "probably" is the key part of that last sentence, because "Parks and Rec" has cast diminutive, blonde-haired Patricia Clarkson to play the part, TVLine reports.Clarkson, a two-time Emmy winner (for "Six Feet Under") and Oscar nominee (for "Pieces of April"),... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/parks-and-recreation-finds-its-tammy-i-patricia-clarkson.html

Emmys 2011: 'Parks and Recreation' co-creator Michael Schur trying not to panic

The outstanding comedy series Emmy nomination for "Parks and Recreation" on Thursday (July 14) capped what co-creator Michael Schur calls "a weird and twisty year for us."Now, Schur has two months to spend preparing to fend off a potential panic attack at the awards. More on that in a second; first, the "weird and twisty" part.Season 3 of "Parks and Rec" began production right after Season 2 ended last spring to accommodate star (and Emmy nominee) Amy Poehler's pregnancy. "We shot the extra episodes, then she had the baby, then we moved to midseason and the season was cut short," Schur tells Zap2it. "We kind of made the season a little bit in the dark about what the future of the show was, so it was just a nice P.S. to the whole season that people liked it."Now, about the panicky part: During his time on "The Office," Schur was twice nominated for outstanding writing... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/emmys-2011-parks-and-recreation-co-creator-michael-schur-trying-not-to-panic.html

Emmys 2011: Watch Clips of the Best Comedy Series Nominees Here (VIDEO)

The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced today, and that's all anyone in the TV world can talk about. Of course our readers know how much we love to analyze everything TV (see our Best Drama Nominees video playlist and critic Mo Ryan's take), but sometimes clips speak louder than words. So we've rounded up the best moments of each of the nominated shows to give you a better idea of the competition's playing field. http://www.aoltv.com/2011/07/14/emmys-2011-tvr-clips-best-comedy-series-nominees/
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