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James Ponsoldt’s New Short Play Highlights Latest ‘Unscreened’ Series (Exclusive)

23 April 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Haven Entertainment and Firefly Theater & Films has chosen the writers for their fifth annual “Unscreened” series, with James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”), Jonathan Caren (“Melrose Place”), Aisha Muharrar (“Parks and Recreation”) and Liza Powel O’Brien selected to premiere four original short plays, TheWrap has learned. Muharrar will direct her piece, while Caren’s will be directed by Larry Biederman. Liza Powel O’Brien’s will be directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and Ponsoldt’s will be directed by Pedro Kos (“Waste Land”). Cast includes Jerrika Hinton (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Ashlyn Pearce (“The Bold and the Beautiful”), Helen Hong (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Stephen Ellis (“Hail, »

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How Parks and Recreation served up prime-time feminism amid the laughs

24 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation department is finally closing its doors on Tuesday when the show ends after seven seasons. We speak to two of the show’s writing team Aisha Muharrar and Megan Amram about what makes Pawnee tick

Parks and Recreation is an outlier on the television landscape. A small, originally unloved spin-off of The Office, over seven seasons it has become a cult hit that will leave a hole in NBC’s programming – and Us television – when it finishes tonight.

Led by Amy Poehler, the show was shamelessly idiosyncratic, focusing on the ennui of small-town politics and managing to find the funnies in planning regulations, while giving the world stars such as Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and Nick Offerman.

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NAACP Image Awards: black-ish, Trip to Bountiful, Murder and Scandal Win Big

6 February 2015 8:52 PM, PST | | See recent news »

ABC’s black-ish was TV’s big winner Friday evening at the NAACP Image Awards — which celebrate the achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those who promote social justice through creative endeavors — by topping five comedy categories, including collecting acting kudos for leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

RelatedSAG Awards 2015: Oitnb, Downton, Viola Davis, William H. Macy Win Big

On the drama side, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder picked up a pair of wins each, while Lifetime’s The Trip to Bountiful TV-movie amassed four wins, including for »

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