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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Matthew Perry Reboots ‘Odd Couple,’ Key & Peele Join ‘Fargo’

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, Matthew Perry attempts another sitcom, Key and Peele head to Fargo, and The CW takes on artificial insemination. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 6 Episodes 5 & 6 Recap: “Fillibuster” / “Recall Vote”

Well, it’s been four long weeks since NBC last allowed us to visit Pawnee, Indiana, disrupting the very young sixth season of Parks and Recreation so they could screw around with their schedule after the quick cancellation of Welcome to the Family, which followed it in the network’s newly revamped Thursday night line-up. And instead of just doing the polite thing and bringing back Community, they put Parks on a three-week hiatus for extra episodes of The Voice, because that’s sensible. And that is why we got a Parks Halloween episode two weeks after Halloween. … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 6 Episode 3 Recap: ‘Doppelgängers’

There was a moment early in last night’s Parks and Recreation episode, “Doppelgängers,” that was utterly perfect, though it’s difficult to pinpoint precisely why. It came at the conclusion of the prologue, in which Leslie is explaining to the various Eagelton city employees how their departments will be joined with their Pawnee counterparts—save for the Department of Infinity Pool Design and Department of Dressage, of course, which have no match. And at the conclusion of this straightforward explanation, April announces loudly, via a makeshift paper megaphone, “ATTENTION! EAGLETON IS NOW UNDER MARTIAL LAW!” Most shows would treat that as the joke and hard cut to the credits. But this show throws in Leslie’s quick, insistent, “No…” Amy Poehler’s reading of that one-word line is exactly the right combination of assurance for the Eagletonians and loving but stern scolding of her subordinate, and the timing of her immediate cutaway just makes the moment sing. And it’s not a funny line in and of itself, but this show has long past the point of relying on “funny lines.” … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 6 Episode 2 Recap: ‘The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip-Off Classic’

Pawnee’s rivalry with Eagleton, the hoity-toity haves to their have-nots, has been fertile comic soil for Parks and Recreation for the past three seasons, one of those initially slight elements that’s grown, in time, into a reliable touchstone for the series. I’ve always found Eagleton-based plotlines particularly funny for intensely personal reasons; my hometown has an Eagleton of its own, an inner borough of rich assholes who incorporated as their own “city” and are best known for the 15 mile-per-hour speed limit, so all souls driving through have plenty of time to gawk at their gaudy abodes. Eat it, Eastborough! But I digress. The point is, I get Leslie’s hatred for Eagleton, and particularly appreciate her Rickles-style one-liners (“You’ll be too busy polishing your monocle at the caviar store. Knope out!”) in the prologue to last night’s Parks and Rec, “The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip-Off Classic.” … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Season 6 Premiere Recap: ‘London’

Hour-long episodes of traditionally half-hour sitcoms can be a dicey proposition — as later seasons of The Office proved, it’s easy for even a beloved ensemble comedy to wear out its welcome. Gimmick episodes that find a sitcom transplanted to international shores are similarly sketchy; too often, mere sightseeing is allowed to substitute for narrative, with the sight of our wacky favorites cavorting on foreign soil expected to carry the comic load. Last night’s sixth season premiere of Parks and Recreation is the show’s first double-length episode, and much of the action is in London, a city previously visited by the likes of Friends and Family Ties. But “London,” penned by co-creator Michael Schur and directed by Dean Holland (who helmed five previous episodes), seldom steps wrong. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week(end)

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. We normally run this feature on Mondays, but figured it might be more helpful to you, the reader, in advance of the long Labor Day weekend. In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve picked out a few work-related titles, along with great stuff from Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Viggo Mortensen, Zooey Deschanel, Charlize Theron, Mike Birbiglia, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Robert Duvall, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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‘Parks and Rec’ Will Be Just Fine Without Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe

Well, it couldn’t all be good news. After weeks of squee-inducing Parks and Recreation casting announcements (Henry Winkler as Jean-Ralphio’s dad! Sam Elliot as Eagleton’s answer to Ron Swanson! Kristen Bell as Leslie’s Eagelton doppelganger!), BuzzFeed broke a bummer: Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe will both leave the show midway through the season. Parks and Rec fans across the Internet are literally crying their eyes out. But should they? … Read More

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Characters As Comic Book Heroes

Well, here’s an artist after our own heart: LA-based self-described illustrator, printmaker, and “fun-junkie” Vicky Trochez (aka “Vicktrola”) has gone and turned the characters from Parks and Recreation into the comic book heroes of the Justice League. “After doing a quick sketch of Leslie Knope as the Caped Crusader’s side kick,” she explains at the beginning of the online portfolio, “I decided to go all in and transform the rest of the Parks and Recreation cast into the rest of the Justice League.” The results are, to say the least, glorious. Check out Trochez’s full gallery after the jump, and then hop over to her website to buy a print or two (you know you want to). … Read More

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Watch a Hilarious 11-Minute ‘Parks and Recreation’ Gag Reel

A gag reel is a gag reel is a gag reel: actors cracking up, falling down, and fumbling lines as the cameras roll. So, why would you want to spend 11 minutes of your life watching the cast of Parks and Recreation do just that? Well, aside from longing for any shred of new material from one of TV’s best comedies, this gag reel confirms our suspicion — supported by multiple interviews with the likes of Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, etc. — that this particular cast loves working together and has a ton of fun on the set. So, if you shed a tear at April and Andy’s wedding or cared more about Leslie Knope’s campaign than the current presidential race, you’ll want to set aside some time to see Poehler get hit with a boom poll, Rashida Jones apologize for being unprofessional, and Ron Swanson lose his mustache. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in August

Even among the mindless carnage and endless superheroes of summer, August tends to be a bit of a drag; studios put the blockbusters they’re less certain of in the late-summer slots, so for every Bourne Legacy, there’s sure to be two or three Premium Rushes. But that just means it’s an even better time to go off the grid and see what’s playing in the art houses, and indie distributors have stocked several gems into the upcoming months; check out our recommendations after the jump. … Read More

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