parks and recreation

The Trailer for Final Season of ‘Parks and Recreation’ is Very Futuristic and Great

Spoiler alert: the final season of Parks and Recreation will be set in 2017. According to this first full trailer,… Read More

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Year-End Lists Matter, But Endings Are Sad: Links You Should See

No matter how strongly we try to live in the present, man, time keeps slipping into the future. December always rolls around, and when it does, media companies scramble. Not for the same reasons everyone else does — purchasing tickets to visit family, weatherproofing their windows, or organizing holiday dinner menus — but to create lists. Lots and lots of lists. … Read More

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Nick Offerman’s ‘American Ham’ Is a Playbook for Modern Masculinity

American Ham is more than a stand-up special; it’s a how-to guide. Nick Offerman’s hour-long performance is subtitled 10 Tips for a Prosperous Life, and the resulting monologue is a master class in postmodern American manhood: semi-ironic flag-print button-down shirts, an old-fashioned belief in the virtues of courtesy and the great outdoors, and equal enthusiasm for red meat and cunnilingus. Starting with “Engage in Romantic Love,” Offerman’s commandments offer an updated vision of 21st-century masculinity, one with equal overtones of Ron Swanson and Brooklyn lumbersexual. … Read More

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The Best Homemade Gifts by and for TV Superfans

Holiday gift shopping is simultaneously fun and frustrating. There’s the joy of finding the perfect gift for someone important in your life, but it’s first accompanied by the panic of searching for that perfect gift. Fortunately, if your recipient is a television fan — and who isn’t? — then there is no shortage of wonderful gifts to give them. Official TV merch is fun (and very, very weird), but if you want to get a little more personal, here are 15 unique, homemade gifts for the television obsessive in your life. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘The Magicians’ Finds Its Leads, ‘Parks and Rec’ Final Season to Premiere in January

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: AMC officially orders pilot for PreacherParks and Recreation gets a January premiere date, and Doll & Em will have a second season. … Read More

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Jon Hamm to Appear, Again, on ‘Parks and Recreation’

You may recall that, at the end of the sixth season of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, the show jumped forward three years, relocating… Read More

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In Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please,’ We See the Boss Behind the Comedy

There’s a certain clarity to Amy Poehler that’s like a bright beam of sunshine on the world. She’s smart and wily, able to wring laughs out of the goofiest material, always the funniest person in the room, and on top of it, she clearly has her head on straight. She stars in Parks and Recreation as Leslie Knope, appears in movies, is one of the guiding forces in improv comedy as we know it today through the Upright Citizens Brigade, produces shows like her brother’s sitcom Welcome to Sweden, and has carved out a side hustle as a really reliable awards host and anarchic presence. In addition to all that, she has one of the coolest passions, Smart Girls at the Party, a web series and cultural force (they have a summer camp! Poehler gives advice through “Ask Amy!”) that is an empowering online community for young women, encouraging them to “change the world by being yourself.” … Read More

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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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