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Parks and Recreation Casts SNL Alum as Jean-Ralphio's Twin Sister

21 December 2012 8:11 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In a piece of uncanny casting almost on par with Once Upon a Time‘s Young Snow White, Parks and Recreation has tapped Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate to play Jean-Ralphio’s twin sister, Mona Lisa, in an upcoming episode.

As the storyline goes, Mona Lisa is hired to shill swag on behalf of Tom’s new Rent-a-Swag enterprise, EW.com reports — yet proves just as lax in her work ethic as her twin bro (played by Ben Schwartz).

Related | Matt’s Inside Line Has Scoop on Parks and Rec‘s Plan for Lucy Lawless

Since her brief 2009-10 SNL run, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Funnyman Schwartzman Visits Parks and Recreation

20 December 2012 3:36 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

I’m sure if I called Jason Schwartzman a funnyman to his face, he’d have some biting response that would put me in my place. Still any onlookers would laugh, thus reaffirming my decision. What further reaffirms it is the actor’s newest gig. Schwartzman is paying Pawnee a visit as he guest stars on Parks and Recreation.

The Huffington Post had the latest on Schwartzman’s character. He will play one Dennis Lerpiss, owner of the Pawnee VideoDome. What’s a VideoDome? No, it’s not a civic center. It’s a video store and the only place in Pawnee where you can rent an film. At least it was. Cue the violins. This economy has led to a downturn for the video spot. Maybe the well-intentioned Leslie Knope can help.

In the episode Dennis and Leslie will pool their resources to get the Pawnee VideoDome put on »

- Sasha Nova

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'Parks and Recreation': Jenny Slate to play Jean-Ralphio's twin sister -- Exclusive

20 December 2012 1:27 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Jean-Ralphio may be one of a kind, but we’re about to meet his twin sister on Parks and Recreation: Jenny Slate will guest-star in at least one episode as the same-age sibling of Ben Schwartz’s high-octane blowhard, EW has learned.

The former Saturday Night Live cast member plays Mona Lisa (!), who is hired by Tom (Aziz Ansari) as a salesperson at his new Rent-a-Swag store. Like her brother, she’s not exactly a model worker.

Slate, who had a recurring role on Bored to Death, also guested this year on Girls and Raising Hope. Her Parks episode »

- Dan Snierson

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on White Collar, Castle, Once Upon a Time, NCIS, Parks & Rec and More!

20 December 2012 12:01 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

What giant plans does Once Upon a Time have? Will White Collar‘s Neal leap a tall building in the name of love? Will Castle fans meet Rick’s father anytime soon? Is Xena staying put in Pawnee? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Christmas is right around the corner, so this week I’ve chosen to simply “unwrap” some questions from the Inside Line mailbag….

Seeing as how Sara (played by Hilarie Burton) is (supposedly) going to be in half of this season’s remaining White Collar episodes, can we take that as »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Jason Schwartzman to guest on 'Parks and Recreation'

19 December 2012 5:37 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Jason Schwartzman is about to bring some indie spirit to Pawnee: The actor/musician (Bored to Death, Rushmore) will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation, NBC has confirmed. (The Huffington Post first reported the news.) Schwartman plays Dennis Lerpiss, the owner of the town’s only independent-movie video store who joins forces with Leslie (Amy Poehler) to try to get his slumping business classified as a historical landmark.

The episode is slated to air later in the season. Vice President Joe Biden, Senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer and Olympia Snowe, former Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, Christie Brinkley, »

- Dan Snierson

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Jason Schwartzman to Guest Star on Parks and Recreation

19 December 2012 8:57 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Jason Schwartzman is headed to NBC.

According to The Huffington Post, the former Bored to Death star will appear on an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation as Dennis Lerpiss, the owner of Pawnee VideoDome.

As you might expect in this digital age, the only independent movie rental store in town isn't doing very well - but Leslie Knope is determined to change that.

Schwartzman joins notable Parks and Recreation Season 5 guest stars that have included Christine Brinkley, Lucy Lawless, Megan Mullally and, of course, Vice President Joe Biden.

His episode will air in early 2013. »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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The Lesbian Blogging community responds to "Glee"'s commentary on the Lesbian Blogging Community

6 December 2012 10:13 PM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: GLEEWAPIMDbRyan MurphyBrittanaTwitter

Tonight's Glee featured the much-hyped and/or much-dreaded hook-up between Sam and Brittany. It also featured not one, but two fourth wall-breaking moments in which Brittany addressed the concerns of the "lesbian blogging community." Lesbian fan feelings were already at a tipping point leading into the episode — we've received more tips and complaints and pleas for coverage in the past week than ever before about Glee — but the meta weirdness fueled the fire even higher than we anticipated. So, I've asked three of our esteemed writers/vloggers to weigh in on tonight's episode. We are, after all, the lesbian blogging community in question.

Based on the promos you saw and the spoilers you read and the fan reaction around the internet, what were you expecting from "Swan Song"? Was the episode better/worse than you thought it would be?

Elaine Atwell: How 'bout that Lea Michele, everybody? »

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TV on Tap: "Mindy" Scores an "Office" Reunion with B.J.Novak and Viewers Could Create the Opening for "Bates Motel"

6 December 2012 5:06 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

It's the return of Tammy on tonight's Parks & Recreation.

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Can an Office reunion with Bj Novak keep my fading interest in The Mindy Project from completely disappearing? (Vulture reports that he'll appear in two episodes.)

One of my favorite TV critics, NPR's Linda Holmes notes the high levels of violence in many of the critical favorites of the past several years.

Disney thinks ratings for Dancing with the Stars dropped this season because viewers tune in for trainwrecks and an All-Star season meant that the dancers were too good. All-Star or not, wasn't that the point of bringing back Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley?

While officially, PBS says it trusts its audience to stick around and wait for new episodes of Downton Abbey when they air stateside, the broadcaster would like to shorten the wait time so that episodes can air soon after their UK debut.

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- LyleMasaki

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Parks and Recreation Scoop: Tammy 2 Returns!

5 December 2012 6:07 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

On Thursday's Parks and Recreation, Tammy 2 (Megan Mullally) returns for another round of chaos. It's as if her ears were ringing: As soon as her ex Ron (Nick Offerman) finds a stable relationship with Diane (Lucy Lawless), the "punkass book jockey" returns to ruin things. So, how will Xena Diane handle going up against one of the Tammys?

Parks and Recreation Exclusive: Megan Mullally returning as Tammy 2!

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- Natalie Abrams

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'Parks and Recreation': Newt Gingrich, Christie Brinkley and why the cast is in Indianapolis

5 December 2012 | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

A compendium of news and previews for "Parks and Recreation." If this were a regular feature, it would be called All the Bacon and Eggs We Have.

- The show has snagged another cameo by a politician, though unlike those of Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Barbara Boxer, John McCain and Olympia Snowe, this one was unplanned. "Parks and Rec" is doing some location shooting in Indianapolis this week, and Monday (Dec. 3), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich walked into the restaurant where the show was filming.

A quick meeting among the crew, including showrunner Mike Schur, led to a brief cameo for Gingrich. "It was a completely random chance," Schur tells the Indianapolis Star. "But you can't pass up on an opportunity like that."

- So what's the show doing in Indianapolis? Get ready for a possible spoiler ...

The Star says they're filming scenes for Ben's (Adam Scott) bachelor party. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Parks and Rec First Look: Christie Brinkley Makes Pawnee Prettier, Tammy 2 Wreaks Havoc Again!

26 November 2012 4:53 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Jerry’s better-looking half Gayle soon will pop up on Parks and Recreation in the form of supermodel Christie Brinkley, and we have your first look at the doting wife’s Pawnee stint.

Video | Parks and Rec Deleted Scene: Watch Ben Bask In the Glory of His ‘Cool Guy’ Moment

The NBC comedy’s Dec. 6 installment finds the Parks gang peeved that office punching bag Jerry has neglected to invite them to a holiday party as his home. Meanwhile in the same installment, Megan Mullally‘s dastardly Tammy 2 is back to cause trouble for Ron and his new gal Diane »

- Megan Masters

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The 20 hottest lesbian sex scenes in the history of TV

21 November 2012 10:50 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: The L WordThe Good WifeGrey's AnatomyLost GirlLos Hombres de PacoPretty Little LiarsBuffy the Vampire SlayerSpartacusSkinsLip ServiceFingersmithWAPIMDbHex

To prepare for Thanksgiving, most of our friends have been posting something they're thankful for every day on Facebook and Twitter. We have not participated in the festivities, but only because we've been saving up our thankful list so we can unleash it all at once. And now we're ready. This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for lesbian characters having lesbian sex on lesbian television. Specifically, we are thankful for these 20 lesbian sex scenes, all of which very nearly caused our TVs to burst into flames. In a good way.

Bo and Lauren's "Fa(t)e" Sex, Lost Girl

After dancing around their attraction for far too long, Bo and Lauren's first time was full of all the pushing/pulling/lip-biting/pants-ripping you would expect from a hyper-sexual fae and her human doctor. And »

- afterellenstaff

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Morning Brew - Wed. Nov. 7: Fortune Feimster gets her own show, Ginnifer Goodwin wants to spend her life with Jennifer Morrison

7 November 2012 8:08 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: Morning BrewFortune FeimsterIMDbTammy BaldwinGinnifer GoodwinJennifer MorrisonOnce Upon A TimeDiscountedSarah PaulsonAmerican Horror Story: Asylum

Good morning! I'm so happy that today is a day where I'm proud to be an American. As my friend Kat Maund said last night, "The country just got a whole lot gayer." Thank you to everyone of you who voted.

Tammy Baldwin is officially our first lesbian senator (f yeah!) but someone on Twitter thinks Lucy Lawless would be great, too.

Can I just say, Gays &Nerds are my life. “@happykt: @reallucylawless You'd make a kick ass Us lesbian senator. Just saying! Lol”

Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) November 7, 2012

In some other super rad news, Fortune Feimster is working on her own show for ABC! It'll be a half-hour comedy called Discounted, and Fortune will star as one of two half-sisters who are running a struggling furniture store. It sounds like Roseanne meets Ellen. I'm in!

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- trishbendix

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TV Review: Parks & Recreation 5.5, “Halloween Surprise”

27 October 2012 6:02 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

There was a lot packed into this episode of Parks, but “Halloween Surprise” never felt overcrowded and because I didn’t know the episode title before watching I was actually surprised by the ending. Unlike the corresponding episode of The Office, which didn’t really follow through on most of the plots it set up, “Halloween Surprise” merely touched upon most of its seasonal character arcs while spending the most time and effort on two main stories which, while contributing to seasonal stories, still felt self-contained. In addition to catching up with April, Andy, Ann, Tom, Jerry, and Chris, and even giving Donna some well deserved screen time, “Halloween Surprise” mostly focused on two romances – that of Leslie and Ben and Ron and his new romantic interest first introduced a couple episodes back in “How a Bill Becomes a Law”, Diane Louis (played by Lucy Lawless »

- Joseph Kratzer

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Thursday Comedy Roundup: 30 Rock 7.04, Parks & Rec 5.05

26 October 2012 2:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30 Rock, Season 7, Episode 4, “Unwindulax”

Written by Matt Hubbard

Directed by James E. Sheridan

Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC

It’s as if having a finite end-date has imbued Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and by extension 30 Rock, with a new sense of vitality. In an unprecedented turn, 30 Rock finds itself the best comedy on NBC. With a svelte 13 episodes at hand, there is a surprising focus on seriality and the show is only stronger for it. “Unwindulax” returns to both Jenna’s music career and the 2012 election, both introduced in the season’s second episode, but much like last week, it’s the sharp writing that makes the episode work.

Jenna has moved on from “Balls” to the Jimmy Buffet-inspired “Catching Crabs in Paradise,” which is only a marginal improvement. However, it does inspire swaths of faux-parrotheads to gather on the sidewalks surrounding 30 Rock; more about them later. »

- Justin Wier

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Parks And Recreation Review: “Halloween Surprise” (Season 5, Episode 5)

25 October 2012 9:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Five seasons in, the staff of Parks and Recreation have proven they have such a firm grip on the show’s characters, and how to go about writing for them, that something as criminal as blowing through all the potential of a Halloween episode in one act doesn’t seem like some missed opportunity.

“Halloween Surprise” is only the third time that network schedule has aligned such that everyone has an excuse to get dressed up and cut loose, which is a crying shame, since this cast doing dress-up theatre every week would be the number one show on television. But “Halloween Surprise” has plenty of tricks and treats unrelated to the holiday, and there’s something of a meta-wink to Leslie and Ann briefly acknowledging one another’s costumes (Leslie’s the woman from the “We Can Do It” poster, Ann’s a gold medalist), before Jerry has a fart attack, »

- Sam Woolf

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TV on Tap: Dallas Roberts is Returning to "The Good Wife," "Pretty Little Liars" Scares Up More Viewers and Ming-Na, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

25 October 2012 4:04 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

A new cast of Project Runway All Stars battle it out tonight.

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When Stockard Channing makes her debut on The Good Wife as Alicia's mother, we'll also see Dallas Roberts return as Alicia's gay brother. Producers say they want Roberts to appear in more episodes, but that will have to fit with his Walking Dead schedule. Anika Noni Rose is also set to return for an episode.

Oprah Winfrey's production company is developing a series for HBO, this one focusing on a man who becomes the first black president at a liberal arts college who ends up thrust into national headlines.

The upcoming season of Arrested Development will include appearances by Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter.

Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones is working on another comedy pilot, this time with Steve Carell and Chris Weitz producing. This one will star Jones as a single guy who ends up »

- LyleMasaki

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'Parks and Recreation': Watch Ron Swanson Ruin Halloween (Exclusive Video)

22 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Prepare to meet Ron Swanson, Trick or Treat Master. The lovable Parks and Recreation curmudgeon is about to get some new job responsibilities when Diane (guest star Lucy Lawless) tasks him with taking her young daughters out on the town trick-or-treating for Halloween. Photos: Amy Poehler, Rob Lowe and Adam Scott on the Set of 'Parks and Recreation' During Thursday's "Halloween Surprise" episode, Ron (Nick Offerman) brings along a special guardian in Andy (Chris Pratt), who appears to be taking his police training seriously, as they go door-to-door in Pawnee. Check out the video, exclusive to

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Michelle Ang on crappy jobs, donut hats and playing a questioning virgin on "Underemployed'

16 October 2012 9:50 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Tags: South of NowhereMichelle AngUnderemployedIMDbXena: Warrior Princess

Meet Sophia. She’s a nice girl with a lot of spunk and wide-eyed optimism but she’s also a little shy on life experience, which makes the news that she’s a virgin a bit less of a surprise. And like the other characters in the new MTV series Underemployed, she’s also a twenty-something trying to figure out her place in life and that includes her sexuality.

Now, meet Michelle Ang, the New Zealand actress who plays Sophia. Ang has some interesting roles in her career prior to the new MTV series. She was in the final episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess opposite Lucy Lawless and she also played a lesbian on the teen drama series South Of Nowhere.

Photo by David Livingston/Getty

Through the wonders of technology, Ang, who was back in her native New Zealand, jumped on the phone with AfterEllen. »

- Jim Halterman

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Prepare to Meet Jerry Gergich’s Wife on Parks and Recreation

10 October 2012 7:16 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Parks and Recreation fans are still reeling that human plague Jerry Gergich was revealed to have a lovely, stone-cold fox of a daughter in Millicent. Now the office doormat will finally introduce us to his wife, Gayle, as played by Christie Brinkley, former Playboy model, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, and onetime wife of Billy Joel. She'll appear in the fifth episode, one that will feature more Lucy Lawless and the return of Megan Mullally. »

- Zach Dionne

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