parks and recreation

The Difference Between Lena Dunham and Aziz Ansari’s Million-Dollar Book Deals

Hey, remember when Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’ (now a book that you can touch with your own hands), was first announced to the media in late 2012? Headlines like “Lena Dunham has a memoir” and “Lena Dunham’s memoir is going to auction $1 million as a minimum” were the source of quite a few slings and arrows in the press.

Dunham’s memoir sold for an advance of $3.7 million, a price that was par for the course in the context of the slew of celebrity memoirs that hits bookstores each month — just a year later, Parks and Recreation‘s Aziz Ansari, sold his currently untitled book, described as a look at “modern romance,” for $3.5 million. I was reminded of this when writing about Not That Kind of Girl earlier, and I thought that Dunham’s and Anzari’s advances were worth some comparison. … Read More

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Why the Hell Does ‘Modern Family’ Keep Winning the Best Comedy Emmy?

There are certain traditions that we can count on in popular culture. Super Bowl parties. Oscar red carpet gawking. Beyoncé idolatry. MTV VMA hand-wringing. And every year, when the Primetime Emmys hand out their award for Outstanding Comedy Series, you can reliably depend on a nation of television viewers slapping their foreheads, gritting their teeth, and growling, “Jesus Christ, Modern Family AGAIN?!” And last night, as reliably as Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, ABC’s family sitcom won the prize for the fifth straight year. It has won every year it’s been on the air. Why, oh why, does this keep happening? … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Megan Mullally Returns to Pawnee, WE tv Actually Picks Up ‘Sex Box’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Megan Mullally returns to Parks and Recreation, HBO and Fox both pick up musical comedies, and just about everything gets renewed! … Read More

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Why So Many TV Shows Peak in Season 3

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: The First Lady and Leslie

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Archer and Parks and Recreation wrap up their seasons while ABC’s Black Box fails to make waves. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Skips Ahead to a Promising Future

While I would never say that Parks and Recreation had a bad sixth season, I could surely make the case that it was an average one, even boring at times. For all the changes that happened — Ann and Chris moved away (and Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe left the show), Ben lost his job, Leslie was removed from City Council, Leslie got pregnant with triplets, Jerry became Larry, etc. — everything still felt very much the same. It’s a safe show, one that’s overly sweet and hopelessly optimistic, but what was once refreshing began to feel repetitive. To be honest, I was dreading the season finale and worried about its predictability, but it featured a fantastic twist that has me excited for Season 7. … Read More

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The Best TV Show Tie-In Websites

Fake websites have been a long-running joke on television shows. Usually, these sites are just quickly mentioned, like the multiple fictional versions of Facebook (The IT Crowd‘s FriendFace or Degrassi‘s Facerange), or are registered domains that steer back to the show’s official site (30 Rock‘s JoanOfSnark.com). However some shows take the extra step and actually create these sites for viewers to enjoy. Here are seven of the best TV tie-in websites from Silicon Valley to Parks and Recreation. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Welcome to the Valley

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Silicon Valley opens its gates and Parks and Recreation drops a game-changing surprise.  … Read More

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‘Trophy Wife’ Loves ‘Scandal,’ ‘Parks and Rec’ Loves ‘Game of Thrones': How TV Shows Are Embracing TV Fan Culture

On last night’s episode of Trophy Wife, a fantastic comedy with an unfortunate name, Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) fell in love with the show Scandal. She begins watching the gifted DVDs almost by accident but slowly finds herself sucked in, first because of the similarities between her and the show’s protagonist — both Diane and Scandal’s Olivia Pope are clad in all white and drinking red wine — but then because it’s one of those shows that she just can’t stop watching. As the episode progresses, Diane goes from spiteful reluctance to full-on obsession: sitting literally on the edge of the couch, hushing people around her, staring agape at the television, and only moving to absently pop another cheese puff into her mouth. … Read More

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