Starting somewhere in its second season, Parks and Recreation became one of the best sitcoms on TV. Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson and the whole department went from being vague ideas of characters to fully realized people, each with their own stories and agendas. Everyone, that is, but Ann Perkins.
Despite the debacle that is Million Dollar Password, I'm trying to remain optimistic about the fact that they are planning a remake of Match Game for TBS. But if I see spotlights and intense mood music and glitz with levels of money that the contestants can earn by answering questions correctly, I'm so out of there. What I want is a cheesy set, a skinny microphone and Sarah Silverman making Rashida Jones blush while Super Dave Osbourne and Norm MacDonald sit around making lame jokes about wanting to eff Matt Damon or Jimmy Kimmel for that matter. That is what I would call a good time. Comedian Andrew Daly of Semi-Pro "fame" is hosting this potential nightmare in the making and to me that's the worst thing I've heard all day. I didn't actually see Semi-Pro but just hearing that Daly is a comedian makes me nervous. The great thing about Gene Rayburn was that he was charming, but didn't go out of his way to crack jokes, he left that to the panelists and he was just the straight man who laughed at everything, but still kept the ship moving ahead. Hopefully Daly can fill those massive shoes, because in my mind, the host is what will make or break this show. Still, I'll watch, of course, I mean, if only to see what answer Sarah Silverman puts for this one: "The hotdog vendor put the meat in between the ____."
Neil Patrick Harris singing about anything is pretty much all it takes to make me happy (see my summer ramblings about Dr. Horrible). We don't lovingly refer to NPH as our patron saint around the office for nothing. He does magic, he can sing, he's Barney, he used to play a doctor on TV. Just all around awesome. So of course I was going to love the latest offering from Funny or Die. They had the amazing Marc Shaiman (he wrote all of those infectiously addictive songs for Hairspray) cook up a special musical number about the Prop 8 controversy. It's a joyful and silly star-studded affair and has succeeded in finally getting me out of my funk.
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.
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."