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Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Here's more proof that The Good Place and Parks and Recreation are set in the same universe
The Paunch Burger exists in both Michael Schur comedies, as revealed in the most recent Good Place episode. ALSO: From Kristen Bell to Adam Scott: A guide to Michael Schur's favorite actors.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
TV needs more loveable idiots
Source: The Washington Post
"There’s something oddly comforting and delightful about a character whose defining quality is total stupidity, especially these days when we’re overwhelmed by so. much. information," says Elahe Izadi. "TV shows can be an escape pod from everyday worries, existential dread and constant news alerts. Watching someone live in blissful ignorance? Sounds like a vacation. This fall, TV features an array of such fools with even more screen time than they’ve had before, including freeloading slacker Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul) on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and the resident dummy on NBC’s The Good Place, the beautiful Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto)." Other great loveable idiots from past sitcoms include Parks and Recreation's Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and The Office's Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper).
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
The Good Place is a "quite radical" sitcom for network TV
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times Magazine's Sam Anderson went behind the scenes of the NBC sitcom to learn how Michael Schur was able to create a profound work of philosophy for network TV. The Good Place is, "by network standards, quite radical," he says. "It attempts a clever gambit. The American sitcom, since its inception, has struggled with a fundamental tension at its core. Let’s call it 'jester vs. guru.' We expect half-hour comedies to pull off an impossible double duty: to both inject jokes into the national bloodstream and to enlighten us with high-minded moral instruction. We want not only zany catchphrases but wise life lessons. The history of the form has been a constant tug of war between these two contradictory demands. Early sitcoms tended toward Very Special Episodes — morality plays in which we learned to honor our parents, say no to drugs and rat out even our most charming friends. The sitcoms that followed rebelled against such ham-fisted piety, replacing it with ironic cynicism. Seinfeld famously rejected the moral duties of the sitcom altogether; 30 Rock was a pure fire hose of laughs. The control knob turned, further and further, from wisdom toward jokes. The Good Place tries, improbably, to fulfill both functions at once. It wants to sit at both ends of the control knob simultaneously. Like any good modern comedy, the show is a direct IV of laughs, but the trick is that all of those laughs are explicitly about morality."
- Michael Schur hasn't considered a Parks and Recreation crossover, despite all the Easter eggs
- UCLA philosophy professor Pamela Hieronymi recalls doing early consulting work with Schur when he was developing The Good Place
- The Good Place is a rare television phenomenon because it suggests prison is evil and cops are bad
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Alan Yang talks Master of None's future, Parks and Rec's "Treat Yo Self" and his "weird, supernatural" show Forever
"Yeah. We’re open to it," says Yang says of Master of None, which he co-created with Aziz Ansari. "Netflix has talked to us and I’ve talked with (Netflix content chief) Ted Sarandos and he’s open to the idea. It just has to be something that’s really exciting for us. Once we get to a benchmark of about six to seven ideas, then we feel like we’re ready to do a season." Yang, who also co-created Forever, says he urged his writers to pen fewer jokes for the Amazon series starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph. "I wanted it to feel like people were actually talking to each other," he says. Yang also discussed how the Parks and Recreation writing staff's Secret Santa bled into the show, and how he's had to apologize to Retta and Ansari for coining "Treat Yo Self" -- "because the amount of times they get yelled at on the street I’m sure is annoying."
Posted Saturday 8/25/18 at 10:48PM EDT
John McCain dies: Meghan McCain shares heartfelt tribute to her late father
The View co-host tweeted "I love you forever - my beloved father" shortly after her dad died of brain cancer, four days shy of his 82nd birthday. In an emotional statement, she wrote that the former prisoner of war, presidential candidate, and U.S. senator "was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long. We k now that his flame lives on, in each of u s. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad -- but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us."
- Jimmy Kimmel, a former Arizona resident and former McCain constituent, tweeted: "America lost a real hero today. Condolences to @cindymccain, the McCain family and the Arizonans who were so fortunate to have the opportunity to vote for a man of principle. John McCain’s sacrifice and the sacrifices made by all our POWs and MIAs must never be forgotten."
- From 24 to Parks and Recreation: John McCain's most memorable cameos
- John McCain's best Saturday Night Live moments: After hosting on Oct. 19, 2002, he made multiple cameos during the 2008 presidential campaign
- Watch all of McCain's SNL appearances
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
Amy Poehler responds to the NRA using a GIF of Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope
Poehler made her first public comments over the GIF today after telling the NRA to "f*ck off," via Parks and Rec co-creator Michael Schur, when the gun-rights organization tweeted a GIF of Poehler's likeness in February. "That’s the thing about the internet, you don’t have control over who appropriates what, and why and how, but I think most times the character of Leslie is used for the power of good and that’s all we want her to be," Poehler said at the TV press tour. As for a Parks and Rec reunion, Poehler said: “I’m tech avail," adding: “God, I have no idea. Everybody has my number…we all have a text chain and talk to each other almost everyday. So I think everybody would be excited to do some version of it — hopefully on ice.”
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown denounces internet bullying in MTV Movie & TV Awards speech
Brown couldn't make Saturday's ceremony because of a knee injury, so she used her pre-recorded speech to address her decision to quit Twitter after becoming a homophobic meme. "Since I know there are many young people watching this—and even for the adults—they could probably use the reminder that I was taught. If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it," she said. There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how worthy you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram.”
- Chadwick Boseman brought Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. on stage to honor him at MTV Movie & TV Awards
- Michael B. Jordan shaded Roseanne Barr in his Best Villain award speech
- Tiffany Haddish was a terrific host, especially with her "thirsting" after Kylo Ren video
- Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza sat together, sparking more Parks and Rec reunion talks
# TOPICS: MTV Movie & TV Awards, MTV, Parks and Recreation, Stranger Things, Aubrey Plaza, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Michael B. Jordan, Millie Bobby Brown, Roseanne Barr, Tiffany Haddish, Award Shows
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Chris Pratt would be up for a Parks and Recreation reunion: "I miss Andy"
Source: E! Online
"As long as I'm in town, yah, I'll do it," he told E! News at the premiere of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. "It films like 10 minutes from my house so that would be dope. I miss Andy too. I would love it. I know I would do it." ALSO: Nick Offerman says he stayed fat with Pratt on the Parks and Rec set.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Late Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels' @humblebrag Twitter account has been hacked
Wittels, the Parks and Rec co-executive producer and Aziz Ansari collaborator who died of a heroin overdose in February 2015, created the word "Humblebrag." According to Splitsider, Wittels' @humblebrag Twitter account was hacked earlier this month and his past Twitter activity was deleted. Twitter has since taken the account down.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Tina Fey pitches a Liz Lemon-Leslie Knope spinoff of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation
"Amy's willing to do a Parks & Rec reboot," she told Entertainment Tonight on the Tonys red carpet, referring to Amy Poehler. "Maybe we should just do a Liz Lemon, Leslie Knope spinoff."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Retta is tired of saying "Treat Yo Self"
Source: Page Six
The Good Girls star is promoting her new book, So Close to Being the Sh*t, Ya’ll Don’t Even Know. And as a result, she's been hearing a lot of references to her Parks and Recreation character's favorite saying. "‘You know I hear that every day," Retta says she has to tell fans.
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
Amy Poehler: I would be up for a Parks and Recreation revival "someday"
Source: TV Guide
Poehler and Nick Offerman were asked about a potential revival while visiting Ellen to promote their new NBC show Making It. "I'll speak for everybody and say we would all do it," Poehler said. "I think we would all do it someday. It would be amazing." Added Offerman, jokingly: "We said that if Beyoncé will play the mayor, we'll bring the show back."
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Retta didn't like the story accusing Parks and Recreation co-star Aziz Ansari of sexual misconduct
"I feel like a lot of people and a lot of other outlets were like, ‘Why did you even run this story?’” the Good Girls star says of the January Babe.net story. “I’m giving my personal opinion, and I don’t want f*cking people coming at me. You know what I mean? But I feel like I’ve been on that date so many times. I was like, ‘If you haven’t been on that date twice, are you even living a life?’"
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
From Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Parks and Rec to The Good Place: An appreciation of the Michael Schur TV comedy
Schur has become one of the most beloved names in TV comedy with the shows he's created or co-created, says Carli Velocci. "The power of the Schur comedy is that, even while watching the Brooklyn Nine-Nine protagonist go to prison or The Good Place characters get tortured for all eternity, the audience rarely feels anxious or hopeless. These shows are beacons of light in a depressed TV and news landscape," says Velocci. "Schur, along with his crew of frequent writers, collaborators, and actors, have a propensity for unique, diverse, optimistic shows filled with characters that support each other while growing into better people. This approach has led to some of the most memorable titles of the past decade." ALSO: Check out Gina Rodriguez as Rosa's Brooklyn Nine-Nine love interest.
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Presenting the 12 best series finales of TV's current golden age
Source: The Washington Post
Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under and The Sopranos rank No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 in closing out their respective series.
# TOPICS: Series Finales, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, Halt and Catch Fire, The Leftovers, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, The Office (US), Parks and Recreation, The Shield, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Twin Peaks: The Return, Lists