It's as if Mother Nature felt bad for taking our 70-degree March weather away and replacing it with rain, so she gave us some wonderfully nerdy TV news to make up for it.
Are you ready for some comedy? Well, get your laughs in early, before it's time to watch Damages and comedy catches a bullet.
It was announced this week that midseason sitcom Parks and Recreation earned itself a spot on the NBC lineup next fall. Which is somewhat of a shock, since the show hasn't really been all that funny, and NBC has a very limited amount of space come next season due to Jay Leno taking over five hours of valuable primetime space. The show has a good pedigree (being from the executive producers of The Office) and serious comedic potential (with Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari) but after four episodes we're pretty bored. However, The Office's first season (which also started in the spring) was pretty dull too. It wasn't until season two when The Office finally stopped trying to be a copycat of the UK version and decided to be its own show, that it actually got funny. If Parks and Recreation decides next season to stop being an Office clone, it has a chance at improving. Here are our suggestions.
Parks and Recreation returns tonight for its promised-by-the-networks-to-be-much-funnier second season, so Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari participated in a media call recently, in which they were funnier, more awesome and far more obsessed with NCIS: Los Angeles than anyone else this fall promo season. Enjoy! This is a good one.
Amy Poehler has been added to the cast of the Office spinoff that apparently is in no way an Office spinoff, so please for the love of god stop calling it an Office spinoff. The funny lady (who I guess is leaving SNL now? As much as it pains me, it's time for her to move on) will join comedian Aziz Ansari in Office writers/producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur's new NBC sitcom, set to premiere next winter in a sexy Thursday night post-Office timeslot.
And hopefully her character won't get treated like crap this time! Word comes from Variety that Jones will be playing a nurse whose boyfriend has "a strange injury" on the new Greg Daniels/Mike Schur series starring Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari, due out on NBC next year. We know now that the show is not, as previously reported, an Office spinoff (oh, how no one will let anyone forget it!), but since they haven't given the damn thing a name yet, I'm just calling it The Amy Poehler Show from now on because there's only so much I can take, people.
Can I get a "fuck yeah"? Rumors of an Office spin-off are true and better than I could ever have hoped for: Aziz Ansari, of the genius MTV sketch comedy show Human Giant and the hilar-town Asiz Is Bored website (not to mention a full-fledged celeb amongst comedy nerds, of which I am one), is the first cast member that NBC has unveiled for the forthcoming show. Other news about casting and plot are being kept under wraps, but this news speaks volumes about the direction of the show and bodes well -- very well for its potential greatness. Office executive producer Greg Daniels told Variety, "We're meeting with a lot of cool people. We're trying to see how the pieces all fit together." The to-be-named show will premiere this winter right after the OG Office. In the words of Mindy, hollerate!
Today's special is TV news, with three side dishes available: new pilots, silly law suits, or one small order of Bikini Boy.
Since baseball will soon be handing out their coveted MVP awards, we thought it was an appropriate time in the fall season to hand out our own accolades to the players (read: performers) on teams (read: shows) who often don't get enough recognition. They are not only team players, but they are usually the best part of their given series -- and in some cases the only reason to bother tuning in at all.
I guess this is a big deal. It feels like a big deal, even though it's just information and not actual content. Anyway, the much-anticipated Greg Daniels/Amy Poehler/Aziz Ansari series is still untitled, but it does have a premise now! It will be set in the hilarrrrious world of the outdoorsy branch of local government! The show will mirror The Office's mockumentary style, and will follow Poehler as Leslie Knope, a "mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana."