"Parks and Recreation" comes to an end with tonight's hour-long series finale, premiering at 10 on NBC. Over the last week, we've run a lot of stories about the show — mostly happy, but one very sad — and wanted to put easy links to them in one place on finale morning. So without further ado:
When Amy Poehler says that "Parks and Recreation" "kind of ruined me for anything else," it's not hard to understand why. For seven seasons, she was the star, producer and emotional tone-setter (on screen and off) for one of TV's best comedies, in a job that allowed her to do ridiculous things but also play big dramatic moments, that let her work with a wonderful ensemble, that gave her opportunities to write, and direct and constantly exercise her muscles as a master improv comic. One day, Poehler may be able to find another character as rich and tailored to her skill-set as Leslie Knope, but to do that in a project with all the other benefits of this one seems like it would require an astonishing amount of luck.
The series finale airs Tuesday night at 10 on NBC. Early last week, Poehler and I spoke about the show's bumpy origin story, Leslie's relationships with Ann and Ron and Ben, her least favorite part of the job, and a lot more.
Early in the debut episode of "Parks and Recreation," Leslie Knope turned to the camera and announced, "It's a good time to be a woman in politics: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, me, Nancy Pelosi. I like to tell people, 'Get on board and buckle up, because my ride's going to be a big one.'"
At three hours and 38 minutes, the 2015 Academy Awards didn't come close to the record for the longest Oscar telecast, which is still held by the 2002 ceremony, which ran an absurd four hours and 23 minutes. Still, there were moments throughout tonight's show where it felt like not only hours were passing, but days, weeks and possibly epochs.
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as we're a dance troupe on Friday nights...
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I'm swamped today, but I got a chance to watch tonight's "Banshee" on my lunch break and was once again impressed with how the show keeps finding new ways to present scenes I feel like I've seen a million times before.
As scripted television programming has both exploded and evolved rapidly over the last few years, the Emmys have seemed at a loss for how to keep up. What's a drama these days? What's a comedy? What's a miniseries? Who's a guest star? How can we make room for all the great shows being made at the same time?
With “Parks and Recreation” only a few days away from ending, we’ve been running a lot of stories about the show’s history, including Jim O’Heir recalling the strange life of Garry Gergich, and Mike Schur explaining the show’s weird recurring characters and running gags . One of those weirdoes was Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Tom Haverford’s best friend and a monstrous human being. Earlier this week, I emailed actor Ben Schwartz a few questions about how he got the part, the origin of Jean-Ralphio’s hair, love of singing, and more.