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Victoria Siegel of ‘Queen of Versailles’ Family Died of Fatal Overdose, Autopsy Reveals

29 July 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Victoria Siegel, the daughter “Queen of Versailles” subjects David and Jacqueline Siegel, died from a fatal overdose of prescription drugs, the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s Office announced Wednesday. On June 6, the 18-year-old was found unresponsive at the family’s Seagull Island mansion in Windermere, Florida. Interim Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany, who conducted the initial autopsy on June 7, ruled the death as accidental, listing the cause as “acute methadone and sertraline toxicity,” the Orlando Sentinel reported. Also Read: 'Parks and Rec' Co-ep Harris Wittels Died From 'Acute Heroin Intoxication,' Coroner Says Methadone, a prescription painkiller, is sometimes »

- Debbie Emery

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‘Parks and Rec’ Co-ep Harris Wittels Died From ‘Acute Heroin Intoxication,’ Coroner Says

28 July 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A coroner’s report released to TheWrap Tuesday says “Parks and Recreation” co-executive producer Harris Wittels died from an accidental heroin overdose. The report from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office lists the cause of death as “acute heroin intoxication,” noting Wittels had a “probable needle puncture” on his right arm. Wittels was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Feb. 19, 2015. The 30-year-old comedian had struggled with addiction in the past,  and spoke openly about having attended drug rehabilitation twice before. The coroner’s report noted that “drug paraphernalia including a spoon, syringe cap and remnants of latex balloons, »

- Reid Nakamura

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Harris Wittels' Cause of Death Revealed: Parks and Recreation Producer Died From Accidental Heroin Overdose

28 July 2015 1:59 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Harris Wittels' cause of death has been revealed. According to a coroner's report obtained by E! News, the 30-year-old Parks and Recreation producer died from an accidental heroin overdose, or "acute heroin intoxication," as listed on the docs. The report also details that "drug paraphernalia, including a spoon, syringe cap and remnants of latex balloons were recovered from the scene." Wittels was found dead at his Los Angeles home by his assistant back in February just days before the Parks and Recreation series finale. After news of Wittels' tragic death broke, his celebrity friends mourned his death on social media. "I am at a loss as to what to say about Harris »

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Star Aziz Ansari Gets New Netflix Comedy

21 April 2015 8:56 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Parks and Recreation” actor Aziz Ansari is toplining a new comedy series on Netflix, where he will reunite with some familiar faces. Co-creator Mike Schur and co-executive producer Alan Yang are reteaming with the NBC star for the 10-episode straight-to-series order. Along with Ansari, the cast of the untitled comedy includes Jon BenjaminLena WaitheEric WareheimNoel Wells and Kelvin Yu. Ansari is a co-creator of the show, which is reportedly based on his life, and production is already under way in New York. Also Read: Aziz Ansari Pens Touching Tribute to Harris Wittels: 'My Friend, Colleague and »

- Debbie Emery

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Video of the Day: Watch ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’ pay tribute to Harris Wittels

17 March 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The comedy world was recently rocked with the news that 30 year old comedian Harris Wittels was found dead in his house. Many comedic performers who had worked with Wittels paid tribute to him in the ensuing days, with fans also feeling his loss. Wittels was a notable presence both in front of and behind the camera, having made his mark as a guest in numerous podcast appearances, as well as a host of the Earwolf podcast Analyze Phish. Wittels was also famous for his work on twitter, and was an established writer as well, with his book Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty getting published in 2012.

In addition to his solo accomplishments, Wittels was also known for his writing contributions to numerous comedies, most notably Parks and Recreation, whose final frame famously said “We love you, Harris”. Among the other shows he was a member of the writing staff »

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10 Best Parks And Recreation Episodes

26 February 2015 1:32 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Now that Parks and Recreation is off the air, it’s time to pay tribute to the show that has made audiences laugh more over the past seven years than any other program on television. It had an unlikely climb to success, after a shaky first season with low ratings and mixed reviews from the critics.

But just like Leslie Knope herself, Parks and Recreation found a way to keep going and, after some minor retooling, was back on the air for the second season, better than ever. Since then, it’s been a comedy juggernaut, never managing to become NBC’s ratings darling, but steadily gaining viewers as people discovered the show on Netflix and realized just how hilarious it was.

The show lasted for an impressive seven seasons but alas, all good things must come to an end. It just aired its season finale earlier this week, »

- Audrey Fox

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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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The Parks and Rec Crew Was Just As Nostalgic and Heartbroken As You Were Tonight

25 February 2015 12:16 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Parks and Recreation said farewell to TV tonight with its series finale. We've been anticipating (read: lamenting) this newfound void all week, and obviously we weren't alone. The writers, cast, and crew of the show joined viewers in sharing some drunk tweets, some throwback tweets, some picture tweets, some Harris Wittels tweets, and so on, to memorialize Parks's final chapter. Here's a digital scrapbook of what was running through people's minds — and in some cases what they were doing — during the finale:. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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'Parks and Rec' Series Finale: 7 Moments So Perfect They Made Us Cry

24 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Cue up the emotional GIFs, the Parks and Recreation series finale was an emotional roller coaster of big laughs, big guest stars and even bigger heart-twistingly nostalgic moments.

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As the Parks crew tackled one last menial mission, fixing a broken swing, we flashed forward to their future lives. Some were pure comedy gold (Jean-Ralphio faking his own death and Craig as a still-manic old man), but mostly this nostalgic trip to the future just made us wish we had seven more seasons with our favorite Pawnee residents.

"When we worked here together, we fought, scratched and clawed to make peoples’ lives a tiny bit better," Leslie told her team in the finale. "What makes work worth doing is getting to do it with people that you love."

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News: How to Throw the Ultimate 'Parks and Recreation' Finale Party!

Here's a look at the moments from tonight’s finale that made »

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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 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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Parks and Recreation's 7 Best Recurring Gags: From Calzones to 'Treat Yo' Self'

24 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After seven brilliant seasons, Parks and Recreation airs its final episode on Tuesday night. Though often overlooked despite its longevity and critical acclaim, the writers - with showrunner Mike Schur at the helm - created a rich universe filled with well-rounded characters whose quirks were celebrated often in the form of joke callbacks that were as hilarious on the second, third and 10th time they were told as they were the first. In advance of the series finale, we thought we'd revisit seven of the best recurring jokes on Parks.Literally Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) was Lih-truh-lee the most enthusiastic person in Pawnee. »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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'Parks and Rec' Writer Harris Wittels' Death at 30: Humblebrags and the Specter of Heroin

24 February 2015 12:38 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The loss of Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Harris Wittels — discovered dead at age 30 in his Los Feliz home Feb. 19 after a suspected heroin overdose — has sent shock waves through the Hollywood comedy world, where the rising star was considered one of the most gifted in the business. (Wittels' death is being classified as an accident by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, pending autopsy results and a toxicology report.) As tributes poured in on Twitter and beyond from such grief-

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- Seth Abramovitch

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Parks and Recreation's 7 Best Recurring Gags: From Calzones to 'Treat Yo' Self'

24 February 2015 12:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After seven brilliant seasons, Parks and Recreation airs its final episode on Tuesday night. Though often overlooked despite its longevity and critical acclaim, the writers - with showrunner Mike Schur at the helm - created a rich universe filled with well-rounded characters whose quirks were celebrated often in the form of joke callbacks that were as hilarious on the second, third and 10th time they were told as they were the first. In advance of the series finale, we thought we'd revisit seven of the best recurring jokes on Parks.Literally Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) was Lih-truh-lee the most enthusiastic person in Pawnee. »

- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl

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Farewell to 'Parks and Recreation': All the links

24 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Parks and Recreation" comes to an end with tonight's hour-long series finale, premiering at 10 on NBC. Over the last week, we've run a lot of stories about the show — mostly happy, but one very sad — and wanted to put easy links to them in one place on finale morning. So without further ado: * My essay on what made this one of TV's best comedies of all time; * My interview with Amy Poehler, looking at the start and end of this journey; * Part 1 and Part 2 of a long history of Pawnee discussion with co-creator Mike Schur, and you can read all my previous Schur interviews here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here and here; * Jim O'Heir recalling the long, strange journey of Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry Gergich; * Ben Schwartz looking back on the life of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein; * Our favorite "Parks and Rec" episodes ever; * Drew McWeeny with a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Listen to Harris Wittels’s Last ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ Podcast

23 February 2015 9:09 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In honor of Parks and Recreation's series finale, Chelsea Peretti, Adam Scott, and the late Harris Wittels — the trio behind Farts and Procreation — got together earlier this month for their fourth and final F and P installment on "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Scott Aukerman, the show's host, said he initially wasn't going to publish this episode because he didn't want to seem opportunistic, given Wittels's death last week. Peretti, one of Wittels's close friends and colleagues, however, was adamant. "Who cares what we think about it? Every little thing Harris said was funny," she told him. In re-listening to the episode, Aukerman said Wittels's jokes made him laugh and feel better and made him feel more happiness than sorrow. Instead of pulling the plug on the episode and podcast, Aukerman decided to give us this: Wittels's last appearance on "CBB" and a true funny man's bittersweet, but perfect, final »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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14 Recurring Characters We Love on 'Parks and Rec'

23 February 2015 7:09 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

As Parks and Recreation takes its final bow, we’re also saying a tearful goodbye to the Pawnee residents who shaped the town and gave the series a special place in our hearts.

As much as we adore Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), some of our most beloved moments, (and favorite one-liners) in the series came from the eccentrically quirky minor characters. From Li'l Sebastian to Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz), we’re breaking down our favorite recurring characters on Parks and Rec -- in no particular order.

1. Bobby Newport

The adorably dim-witted son of the Sweetums empire, Bobby -- played by Paul Rudd -- was first introduced as Leslie’s opponent for City Council. His charming and naive strategy on the campaign trail almost cost Leslie the election.

2. Dennis Feinstein

Dennis Feinstein (Jason Mantzoukas), “whose real name is Dante Fiero but he changed it because Dennis Feinstein is more exotic in Pawnee,” is the head »

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Parks and Recreation Will Pay Tribute to Harris Wittels With Series Finale

23 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Parks and Recreation will pay tribute to Harris Wittels, a writer, executive producer and sometime actor on the show, with its series finale. Wittels played Harris, an animal control guy, on the series and worked on the show since season one. He wrote several fan-favorite episodes including "Practice Date," "Media Blitz" and "Filibuster." Wittels passed away at the age of 30 after what police belive may have been a drug overdose. Several of Wittels' colleagues have spoken publicly about him, including Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari. Adam Scott took to Twitter to share his memories. "I am at a loss as to what to say about Harris Wittels aka Carl Sjunior, so I'll say this: He »

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‘Parks & Recreation’ Finale To Pay Tribute To Writer Harris Wittels

23 February 2015 11:29 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

As it fades to black after seven seasons tomorrow night, the cult NBC comedy Parks And Recreation will pay tribute to co-executive producer Harris Wittels, who died suddenly on Thursday at the age of 30. The hourlong Parks & Rec series finale will end with a We Love You, Harris message from the cast and crew of the show. Writer-comedian Wittels had been on Parks And Rec since Season 1, working as a writer and occasional guest star playing Harris, the Animal Control guy… »

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'Parks and Recreation' Series Finale to Pay Tribute to Harris Wittels

23 February 2015 8:50 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The comedy community is still reeling from the shocking loss of writer, producer, and performer Harris Wittels, who died of a suspected drug overdose last week at the age of 30. Now Wittels, who was an executive producer on departing NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," is set to receive a tribute from his former co-workers.

Deadline reports that this week's series finale of the beloved show will include a nod to Wittels, who also acted on the show in a recurring role as an animal control officer. "The hourlong 'Parks & Rec' series finale will end with a We Love You, Harris message from the cast and crew of the show," Deadline said.

No other details about the tribute were provided.

Wittels's sudden passing prompted a huge response from friends, fans, and collaborators, including "Parks" star Aziz Ansari, who considered Wittels one of his best friends. In a lengthy personal essay on his blog, »

- Katie Roberts

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