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After playing a white supremacist inmate (Oz), newspaper editor (Spider-Man), police psychiatrist (Law & Order), and assistant police chief (The Closer), J.K. Simmons will pop up as a politician in Parks and Recreation. The actor is guest-starring as the slightly gruff mayor of Partridge, Minn., a post that Ben (Adam Scott) briefly held when he was 18, before being impeached for developing the ill-conceived Ice Town that bankrupted the burg.

In the episode, which airs next month, Ben and Leslie (Amy Poehler) make a road trip to his hometown, where he will find… forgiveness. “The mayor is throwing a ceremony to say, »


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