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'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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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

Tempers Flare in an Exclusive 'Parks and Recreation' Clip

As we reported a few weeks ago, the folks at 'Parks and Recreation' are creating longer versions of some season 3 episodes and posting these Producers' Cuts online. 'The Fight,' one of the two excellent 'Parks and Rec' episodes that air Thursday, is getting the same treatment, and we have an exclusive clip from the extended version of that episode below. Things get heated in 'The Fight,' which finds the staff of the Parks and Recreation department at odds over broken equipment. For more on what transpires in Pawnee Thursday, read on below the clip.

'Parks and Recreation' goes on a bender

The first of Thursday's (May 12) two "Parks and Recreation" episodes features the Pawnee crew hitting the Snakehole Lounge for the launch of Tom's (Aziz Ansari) new adult beverage, Snake Juice.It's not pretty.Written by star Amy Poehler, "The Fight" features most of the cast playing drunk after ingesting Tom's creation, a very alcoholic, "Kahlua-like" beverage he calls Snake Juice. Zap2it was on set last December as the cast was filming the episode, and we got to see some of the aftermath of that night. Snake Juice goes down easy but packs a rather harsh bite."Everyone goes to the Snakehole for this party and gets super-wasted," Poehler told us then. "What we've been shooting ... that's been really fun is everyone doing really drunk talking heads. I cannot wait for the extended remix of that, the DVD version of it, because we could have done a 30-minute episode just of everyone's drunk talk." Indeed, there's a...

A Night Out with Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman

What's better than breakfast meat and smoother than the jazz stylings of Duke Silver? That'd be Nick Offerman, the Parks and Recreation star who so brilliantly embodies Ron Swanson — director of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department and proud libertarian. As the sitcom winds down Season 3, we plied the deadpan actor with cocktails for a peek behind the moustache.

Parker and Recreation

Sometimes TV gets it right, and last night, Parks and Recreation got it uber-right. By casting quirky indie-flick queen Parker Posey as Leslie's ex-bestie-turned-government nemesis Lindsay, we got a double dose of the femme-faboo funny from Amy Poehler and her former Spring Breakdown costar and a peek at just how awesome it would be to have Posey on series TV. (Just not in something as misguided as that Jezebel James sitcom she tried a few years back. Nobody needs that.)...