Jeff prepares to graduate, and visitors from the Darkest Timeline try to stop him
Jim settles in as Dwight's number two, and Angela's baby causes distractions
No timeslot or episode number yet, but Leslie Knope and company will be back next season
"Parks and Recreation" is getting a sixth season.
It's not a surprise, given the state of NBC's other comedies — "Parks" is the network's highest-rated sitcom after "The Office," which is ending in a week — but nothing was certain until the network said it.
According to a source close to the production, Now according to NBC, the renewal is now official, though other details — timeslot and number of episodes to be produced — will be figured out later. (NBC's fall schedule will be announced on Sunday afternoon.)
When I inteviewed "Parks" co-creator Mike Schur about the finale, he said he was "fairly confident" in renewal, and had written the finale more to set things up for a sixth season than to act as a de facto series finale, in the way he has so many times in the past. It appears he was right to feel that way.
UPDATE: Not only has NBC confirmed the news, but Schur tells me, "We finished season five, thought about skipping right to season seven, but NBC suggested we just go sequentially, which is smart, so we're going to go ahead and do Season Six."
Chris O'Dowd plays the rare Guest straight man hero in a comedy about genealogy
- Critic's Rating B+
- Readers' Rating B+
Two familiar faces should give Mandy Patinkin's Saul even more to do in season 3
We don't know much yet about "Homeland" season 3, which will debut on September 29, but we know that season 2 ended with Mandy Patinkin's Saul as acting director of the CIA after most of the high level officers were blown up by Abu Nazir's people.
And now I can exclusively report that the season will have two new regulars, both with ties to Saul: F. Murray Abraham as retired black ops specialist Dar Adal, and Sarita Choudhury as Saul's estranged wife Mira. Both have been promoted from guest star status.
Which character are they most like? And which character would win a battle royale to the death?
With only two episodes of "The Office" left to go — another hour-long one tonight at 9 (featuring some terrific Jim and Dwight stuff), and then what is for now a 75-minute episode (and could get longer) next Thursday — I'm feeling awfully nostalgic about our time spent at Dunder-Mifflin, and so are a lot of the actors.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a behind-the-scenes clip of Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey providing a tour of the set. Today, it's time for another exclusive with Fischer and Kinsey, this time answering fan questions about which "Office" character they most resemble, what it was like filming romantic scenes and, most importantly, which "Office" character would survive a winner-take-all tournament to the death. (Both women very quickly arrive at the same conclusion.)
Dan and Alan also talk about the finales of 'The Americans,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Happy Endings'
Better late and long than never? Outside concerns delayed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast until today, but
we're pretty sure it's it's one of the longest we've ever done, and previews what should be a two-podcast week next week. We review HBO's "Family Tree," preview the network upfronts, break down some recent finales and do our usual "Mad Men" analysis. WARNING: Dan drops a cuss word in the middle of the "Mad Men" segment, while we're discussing good ol' Bob Benson.
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
Casey has big news, Mindy hangs out with college kids, and Bill Hader returns
Jess and Nick are distracted by her father, and Schmidt scares away Elizabeth again
Same site, same editor, slightly new location
For the last 13 years, one of my favorite stops on my daily circuit around the internet was TV Tattle, a TV news blog run by Norman Weiss. Even in the age of Twitter, TV Tattle remained a valuable repository of the day's most interesting bits of TV news and commentary, and when Norman chose one of my pieces — particularly on a subject that many, many critics and reporters had written about — I still felt the sense of professional pride I did in the blog's early days, when "Who did Tattle Boy pick today?" became a competitive party game among most of the critics I knew.
Even in the age of Twitter, Tattle remained a hugely valuable resource, as Norman would inevitably catch a lot of good reads each day I might have otherwise missed. So when he announced last month that the site was shutting down — which he later explained was due to a struggle to generate ad revenue — I was hugely disappointed. Many people on Twitter asked if I could recommend a similar site to fill the void, but none existed that I was aware of.
That's why I'm incredibly pleased to announce that HitFix has partnered with Norman to bring TV Tattle back to life. Starting today — right now, in fact — you can find TV Tattle at HitFix.com/tvtattle, or through its original URL, TVTattle.com. Nothing changes about the site; Norman has full editorial independence to pick whatever links he likes. We wanted Tattle to continue to exist as it always has.
We don't have the power to uncancel shows most of the time, but we did have the ability to uncancel TV Tattle. Sounds good to me.