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The Best (and Worst) of “Parks and Recreation”

31 October 2013 1:15 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Last week, in running through the best and worst of 30 Rock, I bemoaned the Thursday TV wasteland that now confronts us in this dystopian present we call Fall 2013. Fortunately, there is still a glimmer of hope for Thursday humankind in the form of the hilarious and beautiful Parks and Recreation. Leslie Knope is still out there fighting the good fight, and we know she will be nothing if not diligent in fulfilling her television-saving duties right to the end.  

Parks features one of the great lovable comedy ensembles (seriously, there isn’t a single dud in that group, and that includes the duds like Jerry), but it truly is Amy Poehler’s parks employee turned city councilwoman Leslie that makes the show so special. Her refreshing hilarity comes not from incompetence, as we so often see in workplace sitcoms, but from her positive qualities, her extreme dedication and compassion. As she says in “The Debate, »

- Spencer Barnes

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Matthew Morrison Among the Stars Performing at Mda Labor Day Telethon

31 August 2013 11:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Matthew Morrison grew up watching Frank Sinatra, Elton John and Jerry Lewis perform at the Mda Telethon. And now the Glee star will have his chance to lend his voice to the cause. "I remember as a kid watching Frank Sinatra sing 'New York, New York' with his orchestra behind him," Morrison, 34, tells People. "The telethon is virtually an encyclopedia of what's great in American show business." The actor and singer says the opportunity to perform at the telethon is "humbling," but also inspiring. "I don't consider it a challenge, but rather an honor. I'm just excited to be part »

- Lee Hernandez

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