Cheers for bureaucracy: 'Parks and Recreation' returns

Thursday, 20 January 2011 12:00 AM Written by 

parks_s3Sidelined until now to make way for the pretty terrible "Outsourced," NBC returns "Parks and Recreation" (9:30 tonight, WPXI) to the Thursday night schedule, pairing it with "The Office."

"Parks" has always been a bit of an underdog, debuting with an inauspicious, not-funny-enough, short first season and then really finding its groove in its second year.

In the first six episodes of the third season, the series continues to be at the top of the TV comedy game.

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These first six episodes were actually shot at the end of last season to accomodate star Amy Poehler's pregnancy. The episodes continue the story of state beancounters who interfere with Leslie (Poehler) and her plans for the Pawnee, Ind., parks and recreation department. Super-precise, upbeat Chris (Rob Lowe) takes a shine to Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) and calls her by her full name every time he sees her. His colleague, Ben (Adam Scott), was cast as the bad cop of the pair in early episodes but in these new installments he's a more sympathetic figure who may even develop a romantic interest in Leslie.

The thrust of the stories early in the season follows Leslie's attempt to revive the town's harvest festival but there are plenty of comedic tangents, including the return of Tammy (Megan Mullally), the ex-wife of Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman, who is married to Mullally in real life).


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