Parks and Recreation

9:00pm – Monday, December 5 on FOUR

Parks and Recreation fans are promised an extra comedy treat this week when, Emmy Award winner, Megan Mullally guest stars on Monday, December 5th at 9pm on FOUR. Best known for her role as the shrill voiced wealthy divorce Karen Walker from Will & Grace, this time Mullally is back in the role of an “ex wife” – but with a twist: her on screen ex-husband Ron Swanson, who is Leslie’s (Amy Poehler) boss, is played by her off-screen husband.

“She’s married to Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson, but they play exes on the show,” series star Rashida Jones explains.

Despite originally thinking that she wouldn’t get cast, after playing the part, Mullally admits that she wouldn’t want to watch another woman in that role with her man.

“I didn’t get my hopes up but… I’m really glad it was me because I would have been really jealous if it was somebody else,” she said during an on-set interview.

Mullally, who described working with her husband as “so much fun” was instantly sold on the script when she read it.

“I think the funniest stuff in it is what the character of Ron says about Tammy,” says Mullally. “His take on Tammy is funny and turns out to be true.”

If Ron’s description of Tammy as someone whose “birth was the payback for the sins of man” is anything to go by, viewers are in for an on-screen treat when this off-screen couple go head-to-head as exes.

Don’t miss the undeniable couple chemistry when Parks and Recreation screens on Monday, December 5th at 9pm on FOUR.

9:00pm – Monday, October 17 on FOUR

Returning for its second season on Monday, October 17 th at 9pm on FOUR, Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones wants audiences to know that even though the people behind the series are the same as those responsible for The Office, Parks and Recreation is not The Office in a different guise. “I hope that people who watch The Office can now see that it’s definitely different, but it’s the kind of thing that you would want to watch if you like that show,” Jones explains.

“Hopefully there’s enough distance now. It’s like becoming friends with an ex once you’ve had a little time after you broke up. Hopefully we’ll be able to be friends now.”

Jones says that big things are coming to Parks and Recreation this season, both for that desolate pit and for the love lives of both Ann (Jones) and Leslie (Amy Poehler).

“It seems like Ann and Mark [Paul Schneider] are spending more time together,” she says of her character’s relationship with Leslie’s ex. “She likes him more than she expected to. She’s going to give it a shot.”

As for the repercussions this will have on her friendship with Leslie (Amy Poehler), Jones says: “Leslie is definitely going to be moving on in the next couple of episodes. They’re decidedly more mature than I would ever be about something like that.”

But what’s going on with that pit? “We definitely get some progression when it comes with the pit,” Jones says.

“We get a little good news; we get more movement than we expected to get so quickly. We try to be a little proactive about it.”

Make sure not to miss all this when the hilarious Parks and Recreation returns to our screens on Monday, October 17 th at 9pm on FOUR.

Sheen files lawsuit against Lorre and Warner Bros

Charlie Sheen has filed his lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre where he is seeking up to $US100,000,000. It is believed that Sheen is also suing on behalf of the show’s crew as well. 

Abrams pilot picked up

J.J. Abrams new pilot Alcatraz has reportedly been picked up for a 12-episode run by Fox. The prison break series, which features Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, Sam Neil and Santiago Cabrera, is said to be filming in Vancouver next month.

Chiklis joins comedy pilot

No Ordinary Family actor Michael Chiklis has joined a new comedy pilot for American network CBS. The project will focus on his character who experiences a life-changing event and decides to take a more honest approach to life.

Lowe will not replace Sheen

Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur has dismissed the talk of Rob Lowe appearing on Two and a Half Men as a replacement for Charlie Sheen. Lowe features on Schur’s comedy and the creator says he is a full-time cast member on the series “and that’s the end of the story.”

Tuesday, December 21st at 7:30pm

From the masterminds behind The Office comes a new mockumentary series following the not-so-glamorous lives of local government workers in Pawnee, Indiana, in C4’s brand new series Parks and Recreation, premiering on Tuesday, December 21st at 7:30pm on C4.

Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) as a mid-level bureaucrat who tries to beautify her town – and advance her political career – via the hilariously mundane world of local government. 

When series creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur were trying to decide on a location in which to set the series, they struggled to find the perfect state. After eliminating the soaring mountains of Idaho and Montana, because the scenery couldn’t be re-created in Southern California, they turned their attention to the Midwest.

“What we really wanted was a state or a location that didn’t skew the audience in a particular direction,” Michael Schur explains.

“Obama was from Illinois, and Michigan was the car industry, which was struggling. Even Ohio had a big election kerfuffle. Indiana just seemed like a state in America that doesn’t make people think in any particular direction.”

They settled on the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, as the hometown of enthusiastic local-government official Leslie Knope, whose optimism about effecting change within Pawnee’s parks and recreation department stands in direct contrast to the attitudes of her co-workers and supervisor. 

“Cynicism will always be the evil that lurks around the corner for her,” says Poehler, who is also a producer on the show.

Although both Daniels and Schur serve as executive producers on The Office, and both The Office and Parks and Recreation use mockumentary style storytelling, the creators explains that  Parks and Recreation is entirely it’s own entity. 

“We look at mockumentary as a genre,” Schur says. “No one ever even noted the fact that there used to be 27 multi-camera shows on. It’s just a storytelling device.”

In fact, the pair considered several other ideas in other formats and decided the flexibility of the mockumentary would benefit the production.

“It makes production very actor-friendly in that we’re not that fussy about lighting, it’s all hand-held. So most of our day is spent actually performing, and that allows the actors to improvise,” Daniels explains.

Don’t miss Parks and Recreation when the series premieres on Tuesday, December 21st at 7:30pm on C4.

C4 have announced their 2010 new season line up. Let us know what you think.

Melrose Place

The Cleveland Show

Parks and Recreation

Sons of Anarchy

Life Unexpected

Pretty Wicked

Returning international favourites:
The Office
30 Rock
South Park
How I Met Your Mother
American Dad
Family Guy