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Nick Offerman to take lead in stage version of A Confederacy of Dunces

4 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Parks and Recreation actor and woodworking enthusiast is to take on one of Us fiction’s most well-loved comic creations

Nick Offerman, the actor who gained fame as ultra-masculine moustachioed politico Ron Swanson in the TV comedy Parks and Recreation, is to play one of Us fiction’s most vivid characters: Ignatius J Reilly, from John Kennedy Toole’s novel A Confederacy of Dunces.

Related: Feeling Pawnee? Farewell to Parks & Recreation - the little sitcom that could

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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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Parks and Recreation

25 February 2015 12:04 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: NBC

Episodes: 125 (half-hour)

Seasons: Seven

TV show dates: April 9, 2009 -- February 24, 2015

Series status: Ended

Performers include: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Schneider, Nick Offerman, and Chris Pratt.

TV show description:

In this Office-style comedy, documentary cameras follow mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) in her job at the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. She hopes to improve her town while advancing her career and helping her to ultimately become the first female President of the United States.

Leslie takes on what should be a fairly simple project; to help a local nurse, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), turn an abandoned construction pit into a community park. Ann has a personal interest in the project since her boyfriend, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), is a musician »

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Watch: 'Parks and Recreation' Team Says Goodbye and Sings 'Li'l Sebastian' on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'

25 February 2015 8:40 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last night, following the series finale of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Jim O'Heir, Jon Glaser and co-creator Mike Schur appeared on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" to share stories about filming the finale, and to sing viewers out. The "Parks" crew revealed to Seth Meyers who the biggest crybaby was during the last day of filming, as well as what it was like starting out on the show. The cast also shares some of the ideas they pitched regarding the finale, including Chris Pratt's hilariously dark suggestion that the show should end like "Six Feet Under," where you see how all of the characters die. There was also some inappropriate kissing and singing... Lots of singing. Watch the cast and crew of "Parks and Rec" talk to Seth Meyers about the finale below: Read More: 'Parks and Recreation »

- Jena Keahon

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Watch: 'Parks and Recreation' Team Says Goodbye and Sings 'Li'l Sebastian' on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'

25 February 2015 8:40 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last night, following the series finale of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Jim O'Heir, Jon Glaser and co-creator Mike Schur appeared on "Late Night With Seth Meyers" to share stories about filming the finale, and to sing viewers out. The "Parks" crew revealed to Seth Meyers who the biggest crybaby was during the last day of filming, as well as what it was like starting out on the show. The cast also shares some of the ideas they pitched regarding the finale, including Chris Pratt's hilariously dark suggestion that the show should end like "Six Feet Under," where you see how all of the characters die. There was also some inappropriate kissing and singing... Lots of singing. Watch the cast and crew of "Parks and Rec" talk to Seth Meyers about the finale below: Read More: 'Parks and Recreation »

- Jena Keahon

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There Was a Shocking "Parks & Recreation" Hookup After Series Finale -- Watch Video!

25 February 2015 8:30 AM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Andy better shield his eyes ... The cast of "Parks & Recreation" reunited on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Tuesday, following the series finale of the beloved NBC show. And, knowing we were all in need of some laughs after the show ended its run with an emotional, hour-long episode, Leslie Knope and Co. didn't disappoint. Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, Retta, Aziz Ansari, Jim O'Heir and co-creator Michael Schur led the studio audience on Meyers' show in a riveting rendition of "Bye, Bye 'Lil Sebastian" -- and two costars couldn't keep their hands (or tongues!) off each other. Plaza and O'Heir randomly started going at it as the rest of the cast sang, the two playing a serious game of tonsil hockey to the shock of everyone on stage. "I can't look at it, I can't watch. Oh My God," Retta exclaimed as it went down. »

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‘Parks And Recreation’ Finale: Who Cried The Most?

25 February 2015 6:45 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

On NBC’s Late Night, Seth Meyers asks the cast and creator of Parks And Recreation how much pressure there was to nail the finale, which aired on NBC earlier in the evening. Mike Schur called it “terrifying,” saying it took him three days to write the final page of the script, because it involved a lot of crying and asking himself, “Is this appropriate to be the last things these people ever say?” Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam… »

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Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian: Remembering the Top Ten Recurring Characters of Parks and Recreation

25 February 2015 5:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

During its rocky first season, Parks and Recreation faced much criticism for being too similar to The OfficeLeslie was just a female Michael Scott, and Ron Swanson was the new Dwight Schrute. Setting it in the vibrant and weird Indiana town of Pawnee instantly assuaged some of these fears. Even during that first season, it was clear from the town hall meetings, where Leslie and company had to defend themselves against the many residents of Pawnee, that Michael Schur and his writers had dreamt up one of the most vivid communities for a sitcom. So, in honor of Parks and Recreation’s end, here are the ten best recurring characters on the show.

1. The Tammys

While it may seem unfair to group three characters together, especially in the top spot, Parks has too many amazing recurring characters to properly showcase in ten slots. Ron Swanson’s two ex-wives and »

- George Morvis

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Nick Offerman & John Hodgman Join the 2015 BookCon Lineup

25 February 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Norwalk, Ct - February 24, 2015 - While NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” may be coming to a close, Nick Offerman - famous for his role as Ron Swanson - will give fans another chance to hear his unique perspective at BookCon. Today BookCon announces that Offerman, along with John Hodgman (Resident Expert at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and a soon to be announced special guest will take the stage on Saturday, May 30, adding to a lineup of power-packed panels showcasing the hottest talent in books and entertainment. They will join the current roster of bestselling authors and Hollywood heavyweights including Taye Diggs, Rainbow Rowell, Mamrie Hart, Meg Cabot, Jodi Picoult, Jacqueline Woodson, Sherman Alexie and David Levithan, with more exciting guests to be announced in »

- Pietro Filipponi

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'Parks and Rec' Stars Bid Farewell with 'Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian' Singalong

25 February 2015 2:40 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Leslie Knope and the gang showed up on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday to celebrate the bittersweet Parks and Recreation series finale.

Led by Mouse Rat frontman Chris Pratt, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Retta, Jim O'Heir, Mike Schur and Jon Glaser ended the evening by singing a beloved Pawnee tune, "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian."

Holding up lighters during the singalong, Aubrey and Jim, a.k.a. April Ludgate and Jerry Gergich, started to simulate making out to the surprise of their co-stars.

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The Parks and Rec cast also sat down with Seth to chat about how they thought the series should have ended. "I pitched that I would have sex with Joe Manganiello," Retta, who plays Donna Meagle on the NBC sitcom, joked (sorta).

Pratt, who portrays the lovable Andy Dwyer, apparently thought the audience should see how everyone died "like the [link »

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Parks and Recreation Series Finale: First in Friendship

24 February 2015 11:09 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The end of Parks means the end of one of the funniest, most heartfelt shows on TV. Criminally under-watched (ratings have never been particularly high) and under-appreciated (for the love of breakfast food, where is Nick Offerman’s Emmy?), Parks shined through. Much like Leslie Knope, who selflessly served a town that failed to adequately thank her, Parks did good work even when ratings and accolades rarely came, getting smarter and deeper with each passing season.Surrounded by high-concept craziness and comedies driven by conflict, Parks stood out for staying grounded and sweet, for keeping things, if not low-stakes, then real-stakes: marriage, kids, friends, work. So many of the most compelling relationships on TV feed on twisted power dynamics or toxic affairs. But on Parks, at the end of the day, these people love each other. It’s a bunch of generous, ambitious do-gooders, even when they try to act »

- Jessica Goldstein

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Best of Late Night TV: 'Parks and Recreation' Cast Kisses Goodbye; Josh Duhamel, Gabrielle Union Throw Food (Video)

24 February 2015 11:05 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

Seth Meyers had the cast of "Parks and Recreation" on his show Tuesday night for their big final goodbye. Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Retta, Jim O'Heir and Mike Schur discussed filming the finale, and revealed their own pitches for how they wanted the show to end. Since it's also the one-year anniversary of Seth's show, they sang an anniversary song for him, but they didn't rehearse it, so it didn't go too well. What did go very well was their "Bye, Bye Li'l Sebastian" song on the way out -- complete with Jim (Gerry) and Aubrey (April) making out, to the surprise of everyone around them. »

- Gina Carbone

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TV Review: ‘Parks and Recreation’ Ends on a High Note (Spoilers)

24 February 2015 8:01 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Parks and Recreation” always made the fine art of creating great television comedy look easy. For seven seasons the NBC series set an impossibly high benchmark, and now leaves the air without any true peer on network TV.

That it never attracted a massive audience or garnered the industry kudos it deserved doesn’t really matter. The show always took its narrative cues from the big-hearted optimist at its center, can-do civil servant Leslie Knope (brought to life by the indomitable Amy Poehler).

With a bona fide warmth that ran contrary to the trend of ironic small-screen comedies, “Parks” thrived as an eternal underdog. A series not just to watch for laughs, but to champion and love. (And in the age of social media, ideal fodder to tweet, like, Gif and meme with everyone else in the know.)

Permanent existence on the renewal bubble is probably the exact reason why »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Series finale review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'One Last Ride': End of the line

24 February 2015 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

And so "Parks and Recreation" has come to an end. We published many stories about the show over the last week, including an Amy Poehler interview, an essay on the show's greatness, and a whole lot more, and I have a review of the series finale coming up just as soon as you give me a pair of your gym socks... "Yes. I'm ready." -Leslie Knope A few years ago, Mike Schur and I had a very long discussion of finales — not only the many times he had written "Parks" episodes that could function as series finales if NBC canceled them, but of the many sitcom and drama finales he had admired over the years. He talked about how once upon a time, he was convinced that the show would end with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park Leslie built on Lot 48. He talked, as he so often does, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Parks & Recreation’ Finale: Co-Creator Mike Schur On “Never Say Never” Reunion, Another Joe Biden Cameo And Leslie & Ben’s Future

24 February 2015 7:59 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight's Parks And Recreation series finale on NBC. After seven seasons and more than one or two potential cancellations, Parks And Recreation came to an end tonight with a lot of looks years into the future for Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope, Nick Offerman's Ron Swanson, Audrey Plaza's April Ludgate and boyfriend Andy Dwyer played by Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari's Tom Haveford, and former boy Mayor and Knope husband Ben Wyatt played… »

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'Parks and Rec' icon Ron Swanson rose above sitcom tropes to become legend

24 February 2015 3:45 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I am in denial at this point. That's the only way I'm going to make it through the conclusion of "Parks and Recreation" tonight on NBC. I will tell myself that this is just the end of another season and next year we'll go back to Pawnee to spend more time with Leslie and Ben and Andy and April and Donna and Garry and Tom and Jean-Ralphio and Mona Lisa and Joan and Perd and Jamm and the entire insane cast of characters that we've been introduced to over the six years of the show. As much as I'll miss the ensemble, there is one character I will miss more than any of the others, and I'm sad because he was such a spectacular creation, one of those singular sitcom creations that remind us what we love about this particular form. Ron Swanson was a fairly unfocused version of himself »

- Drew McWeeny

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'Parks and Rec' Star Nick Offerman Makes Strange, Raunchy Request for Harris Wittels Remembrance

24 February 2015 2:54 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A version of this story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The comedy world is still in mourning over Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Harris Wittels, who died tragically Feb. 19 at age 30 of a suspected drug overdose. Among his many memorable achievements, Wittels worked closely with Parks star Nick Offerman to develop his Ron Swanson character’s sax-playing alter ego, Duke Silver.  Read More 'Parks and Rec' Writer Harris Wittels' Death at 30: Humblebrags and the Specter of Heroin Here, Offerman offers a tribute to his late friend and colleague, which he requested

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Sundance Winner ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Set for July 1 Release

24 February 2015 2:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight will release “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” on July 1 in the U.S. in a limited release.

The drama, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, won the grand jury prize and audience award for best U.S. dramatic feature at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Thomas Mann stars as a high school senior who’s secretly making bizarre films with his only friend, Earl, when he’s forced by his mother to befriend a classmate with leukemia. Rj Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton and Molly Shannon co-star.

Indian Paintbrush is the production company; producers are Jeremy Dawson and Dan Fogelman. Jesse Andrews adapted the script from his book.

In the deal struck during Sundance, Fox Searchlight agreed to pay a portion of the production costs upfront. The deal also involves profit-sharing with Indian Paintbrush, with a pricetag estimated at roughly $6 million.

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- Dave McNary

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Sundance Hit ‘Me and Earl and The Dying Girl’ Gets Summer Release Date

24 February 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Briefly: The biggest breakout of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, has just been given a release date. Fox Searchlight will release the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed film on a limited basis July 1. Starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton and Nick Offerman, Me and Earl won the two […]

The post Sundance Hit ‘Me and Earl and The Dying Girl’ Gets Summer Release Date appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Series Finale Preview: ‘One Last Ride’ for Leslie Knope (Video)

24 February 2015 12:49 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amy Poehler and her “Parks and Recreation” co-stars appeared in a series of short previews Monday for the show’s upcoming series finale. In the first clip, Leslie Knope (Poehler) gives her team a “comprehensive retrospective” of their history together. Rather than sit through the presentation, April (Aubrey Plaza) asks “Can’t we just quickly shake hands, pretend we like each other and get out of here?” Also Read: 11 Outrageous Ron Swanson Lines From ‘Parks and Recreation’ (Photos) Although Ron (Nick Offerman) is quickly on board with that plan, Leslie won’t hear of it. That’s when fate intervenes »

- Joe Otterson

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Parks and Recreation Series Finale: The Cast Celebrates With Sweet Pics

24 February 2015 12:02 PM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

We're about to go on stage. @smrtgrls I Love this lady!!!! :) pic.twitter.com/3GZSjDRC5G — Jim O'Heir (@JimOHeir) February 24, 2015 It’s time to put down your labeled binders, heat up your waffles, and light a candle for Li’l Sebastian because on Tuesday, Feb. 24 the series finale of Parks and Recreation airs on NBC.  After seven seasons of the political comedy, fans will get a one-hour conclusion to the lives of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and more. The show’s final season [...] »

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