Television comedy landscape is populated by lovable weirdos. And since we all have a little bit of nerd inside us, these characters like Andy Dwyer, Jess Day, and Amy Fowler are easy to love.
Parks and Recreation
Amy Poehler is probably best-known for her many seasons on “Saturday Night Live.” Or is she now better-known for “Parks and Recreation”? Or being co-emcee with Tina Fey on various live telecasts? It’s actually hard to say, because Poehler’s accomplishments are myriad, impressive, and often laugh-out-loud funny.
In the lead up to the Emmys, we’re talking to actors and actresses, showrunners and reality show hosts and producers to get the true stories of what goes on behind the scenes. On CLOSE UP WITH THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, you’ll hear from Emmy-nominated actresses like Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live),…
On BEHIND THE STORY WITH THE PALEY CENTER, comedian Patton Oswalt hosted the outrageously funny cast of Parks and Recreation. It’s been a long, successful road for this creative team, with lead star Amy Poehler joined by Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza.
On BEHIND THE STORY, the cast of Parks and Recreation are asked to name their favorite things about their characters. From Leslie’s frequent proclamations of love, to April’s ability to adore Andy, to Retta’s success in dating — every character shows something to admire. So which characters is your own personal favorite? Take the poll below!
Patton Oswalt never stops. A comedian-TV-movie star with a new book under his belt, Oswalt only has more to come (some of which, he apologizes, he can’t discuss here). But Oswalt did talk to us about hosting the “Parks and Recreation” episode on BEHIND THE STORY, what he’ll miss most about Parks and which 2015 Sundance Film Festival movies he loved.
SUNDANCE CHANNEL AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY SET TO PREMIERE ‘THE WRITERS’ ROOM’ ON MONDAY, JULY 29, HOSTED BY ACADEMY AWARD©-WINNING SCREENWRITER AND ‘COMMUNITY’ STAR JIM RASH
PREMIERE SEASON TO FEATURE STELLAR LINE-UP OF HIT SCRIPTED SERIES ‘BREAKING BAD’, ‘DEXTER’, ‘GAME OF THRONES’, ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’, ‘PARKS AND RECREATION’ AND ‘NEW GIRL’
Presented by Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly, THE WRITERS’ ROOM is set to premiere on Monday, July 29 and will be hosted by Academy Award©-winning screenwriter (THE DESCENDANTS), comedian and actor Jim Rash (Community). The six episode half-hour series will spotlight an array of scripted television shows – from today’s pioneering cable dramas, including BREAKING BAD, Dexter, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story to the most critically acclaimed and popular network sitcoms, including Parks and Recreation and New Girl. The roundtable talk show will delve deep into the world of TV’s creative masterminds, divulging inside details about their smartest choices, toughest decisions and biggest mistakes. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel President and General Manager.
The character of Ron Swanson–the libertarian embodiment of a combination of Davy Crockett, Teddy Roosevelt, John Wayne, and Ayn Rand, who also happens to be the boss on NBC’s Parks and Recreation–has long been a darling of the Internets. The meme factories have had endless fun with image macros of his dogmatic pontifications and life philosophies. Ron outlined this belief system in his Pyramid of Greatness (larger view here) which might have to be considered as a candidate for the pantheon of “Contributions to Humankind” (it’s a sort of Mount Rushmore on a global scale etched into Everest).
So many Parks and Recreation cast members have films at Sundance ’12 you’d think the Pawnee Parks Department was holding a winter company retreat in Park City. Ann, April, Ben, and the great Ron Swanson all appear in Sundance selections this January, though if you bump into any of them walking down Main Street they probably would appreciate it if you referred to them by their real names.
Cats Who Look Like Ron Swanson is a meme that combines two of the Internets favorite things: cats and Ron Swanson. And if you still haven’t watched Parks and Recreation, I suggest you do so immediately unless you enjoy living a life devoid of laughter. Also, here’s one of the show’s breakout stars Aziz Ansari…