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'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/

'Parks and Recreation' - 'The Bubble/Li'l Sebastian': Give a little swivel

And so we've come to the end of a fantastic third season of  "Parks and Recreation."   I   interviewed Mike Schur about the season , and I have a review of these final two episodes coming up just as soon as it's double-coupon night at the strip club...   "I don't know. When I look at my life right now, it feels almost perfect." -Leslie Fictional characters only say things like this right before things about to become very imperfect. And, certainly, Leslie Knope seems like she could be headed for big trouble next season, as she ponders a run for elected office while maintaining a secret relationship with Ben.   At the same time, though, I look at "Parks and Rec," and the show itself is pretty damn perfect. They were hitting on all cylinders as season two ended, and then we got those fantastic first six episodes of season three. At that point, I began to fear that perhaps the magic would have broken while Amy Poehler was having her baby and everybody else was on hiatus, but the 10 episodes produced this season have been pretty terrific in their own right. In the interview with Schur, we talk a little about the idea of the show being on a hot streak, but most streaks are in some sense fluky. Joe DiMaggio was a great hitter, but there have been better hitters and nobody in the modern era has come closer than 12 games to his famous hitting streak. This is not a fluke; this is a show with a lot of talented, funny people in front of and behind the camera who have all figured out how to maximize each other's gifts. There'll be a flat episode at some point - every great comedy has them from time to time, even during peak periods - but it won't be a case of the creative team suddenly losing their batting eye. These people know what they're doing. Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/parks-and-recreation-the-bubble-lil-sebastian-give-a-little-swivel

Interview: 'Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur post-mortems season 3

"Parks and Recreation"  just concluded a remarkable season of TV comedy: 16 episodes (6 produced last spring, the other 10 after a long break while Amy Poehler had her baby), and not a bad one in the bunch. And the streak goes back at least 5 episodes into season 2 - I might be inclined to draw the line at "Park Safety," if only because I didn't like Andy Samberg's character - but more likely 11 episodes back, with "The Set Up" as the last episode that didn't work overall. So they've been cooking with gas for a  very  long time now. I've already posted  my review of the season-ending double feature , and I did an extended e-mail interview with the show's co-creator,  Mike Schur , about some of the thinking behind season 3's stories, the limits he and Greg Daniels try to place on both the town of Pawnee and characters like Ron Effing Swanson, and a lot more. Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/interview-parks-and-recreation-co-creator-mike-schur-post-mortems-season-3

PARKS AND RECREATION “The Bubble” Season 3 Episode 15

Here is the description of the upcoming episode  of PARKS AND RECREATION  "The Bubble" Season 3Episode 15 which airs tonight on NBC. Synopsis : Everyone in the office  is unhappy when Chris decides to make some big changes in the parks department — especially Tom (Aziz Ansari) who starts to question his career choices . Leslie (Amy Poehler) is caught off guard when Ben (Adam  Scott) has a meeting with her mom. Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Jim O’Heir and Retta also star.  http://www.daemonstv.com/2011/05/19/parks-and-recreation-the-bubble-season-3-episode-15/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

PARKS AND RECREATION’s Nick Offerman Interview

While many wonderful characters fill NBC’s hilarious  PARKS AND RECREATION , the meat-loving, government-hating Ron Swanson is definitely a standout and his portrayer, the deliciously deadpan Nick Offerman, steals an impressive number of scenes. Of course, so does his mustache. A long-time talented character actor, Offerman has finally found the perfect showcase for his talents and his joy at playing "Ron f—–n’ Swanson" shines through in every episode. When his real-life wife Megan Mullally drops by as Ron’s nefarious ex-wife Tammy, that joy turns to palpable  glee , and rumor has it she might be making an appearance in the two-part third season finale, airing on NBC tonight, May 19, from 10-11pm eastern/9-10pm central. Read More... http://www.daemonstv.com/2011/05/19/exclusive-parks-and-recreations-nick-offerman-interview/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

6 Things to Know About the 'Parks & Recreation' Finale, Plus an Exclusive Clip

Before 'Parks and Recreation' unleashes its hour-long season finale at 10PM ET Thursday, we're bringing you one last exclusive clip from the extended version of 'Li'l Sebastian,' the second of the two episodes that serve as the NBC comedy's season 3 swan song. After the clip, check out a few non-spoilery hints about what will transpire in 'The Bubble' and 'Li'l Sebastian,' the final episodes of the wonderful third season of the NBC drama. And don't forget to check back here after the finale airs: Joel Keller will have a recap, and I'll also post my thoughts on the end of 'Parks and Rec's' third season. http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/19/parks-and-recreation-finale-clip/

Parks and Recreation Finale: Will Ben and Leslie Heat Things Up? And Where's Tom Going?

Oh yes, Ben and Leslie are getting it on. In last week's episode, "Road Trip," both confessed their mutual like — and then Ben (Adam Scott) did something about it! But can they keep a lid on it after a kiss like that? Parks and Recreation boss Mike Schur says it won't be easy. "It wasn't a tidy bow on the end of that episode. Now that they've expressed their feelings for each other, the question becomes, 'What do we do about it?'" he tells TVGuide.com... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Parks-Recreation-Season3-Finale-1033262.aspx?rss=breakingnews
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