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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/

Parks and Rec Boss on the Show's First Comedy Series Emmy Nom, and What Ron Swanson Would Say

What would Ron Swanson say about Parks and Recreation's first nomination for best comedy? "All he knows is that Julia Roberts is that toothy girl from Mystic Pizza , so he probably would be completely unaware of what's happening," says Parks boss Mike Schur. "He's not very hard-wired into the Hollywood scene. I do think he would be very secretly happy for Leslie Knope." But Schur and star Amy Poehler were plenty happy to be recognized after three rocky seasons on-air. "I think she and I both felt like http://www.tvguide.com/News/Parks-Recreation-Emmy-Ron-Swanson-1035255.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Emmys 2011: Amy Poehler talks about 'Parks and Recreation's outstanding comedy nomination

For the second year in a row, Amy Poehler is an Emmy nominee for her work on "Parks and Recreation." But she's much less excited about that than about the fact that the show itself was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. I got on the phone with Poehler for a few minutes to talk about the nominations, about co-star Nick Offerman being snubbed again, and what her unconventional plan is to win the darned trophy this year.   Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/emmys-2011-amy-poehler-talks-about-parks-and-recreations-outstanding-comedy-nomination

Emmys 2011: 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Friday Night Lights' signal more good than bad

The glass half-empty view of the 2011 Emmy nominations ( the full list is here ): NBC's ridiculous "Harry's Law" now has as many nominations as "The Wire" ever got, and AMC's maddening "The Killing" now has three times as many nominations as "The Wire" ever got, while NBC's audacious, hilarious "Community" didn't get a single nomination for the second year in a row. The glass half-full view of the 2011 Emmy nominations: "Friday Night Lights" and "Parks and Recreation" (aka the best drama and comedy on network TV)  were nominated for best drama and comedy, all the "Justified" castmembers who should have been nominated were (even though FX has an uneven track record with the Emmys), and Louis C.K. somehow got nominated for acting, writing and editing (albeit not all for the same show).   Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/emmys-2011-parks-and-recreation-friday-night-lights-signal-more-good-than-bad

'Parks and Recreation': Tammy I is coming -- who should play her?

Good news for "Parks and Recreation" fans, potentially bad news for "Parks and Recreation" characters: We will meet Tammy I early in the coming season.Among other revelations in co-creator Mike Schur's interview with TV Guide -- including a story arc for Ron Swanson's (Nick Offerman) facial hair -- was this one: Ron's first ex will be making an appearance "very early" in Season 4."Probably not in the first episode, but mostly likely in the second," Schur says. "We're working on casting her as we speak."The show offered the briefest glimpse of Tammy I in its season finale in May, and we know from that episode that she scares the bejesus out of Tammy II (Megan Mullally), Donna (Retta) and presumably most of the rest of the characters. Offerman has suggested Oprah Winfrey for the part, and while we'd love that, we don't quite see it happening.So who should get the role? Who has both the... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/parks-and-recreation-tammy-i-is-coming----who-should-play-her.html
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