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The crew from Pawnee isn’t going anywhere. NBC has officially announced that their low-rated but critically adored sitcom Parks and Recreation will be back for a seventh season. Despite dwindling viewership numbers, the mocumentary- style show maintains a base of devoted of fans, and the chairman of the network said he is “bullish” on the show’s chances for success. Never doubt Swanson. He always gets his way ... Discuss

 

Author, actor and infamous “PC guy” John Hodgman is headed to Parks and Recreation. According to Entertainment Weekly, the bookish humorist will be (perfectly) cast as an snooty NPR host from Pawnee’s rival town Eagleton, who begins a feud with fellow local public radio personality Derry Murbles in an upcoming episode. Murbles, you may remember, hosts Pawnee’s version of an NPR interview program, Thoughts for Your Thoughts. Ironically, Hodgman is also an occasional contributor to NPR staple This American Life, so at least he has a good sense of humor about the whole geeky NPR thing ... Discuss

 

In honor of Parks and Recreation’s 100th episode last night, The Hollywood Reporter ran this interview with the show’s producer and co-creator Mike Schur. Along with discussing his favorite moments from the series, how he’d like it to end and why he wants a cameo from Hillary Clinton, Schur was asked “what a Parks spinoff might look like.” Schur said that a show about the Sapersteins family—Jean-Ralphio, his sister Mona-Lisa (played by the hilarious Jenny Slate) and their father portrayed by the always-amazing Henry Winkler—is “the funniest one we talk about.” Schur cautioned that the concept is “purely for our own internal laughing” (especially considering Parks falling ratings), but he added, “I'd totally watch a family comedy where Henry is the dad and Ben and Jenny are his idiotic children who have nothing to offer the world.” So would we Mr. Schur. So would we ... Discuss

 

Would you take dating advice from Tom Haverford? Parks and Recreation star and stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari is set to release a new book about the “entirely new era for singles” where dating has been “radically altered by new technologies." The book is no joke either. Ansari will be working with academics and modern relationship experts to get to the bottom of perplexing contemporary courtship conundrums like this: "You know when you text someone you're romantically interested in and you don't hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That's exactly what I want this book to deal with,” Ansari said in a statement. Finally, someone will unlock the eternal secrets to finding love and decode the fairly obvious messages being sent with Instagram pictures. The idea sounds totally worth the $3.5 million Penguin Publishing is reportedly giving him as an advance … Discuss