'Parks and Recreation' Kicks Off in April
'Parks and Recreation' Kicks Off in April
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
The highly anticipated comedy series from Office executive producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur hasn't premiered yet but it's already making some buzz in the media. Critics who have seen the pilot episode of Parks and Recreation have given mixed reviews for the mockumentary that looks at the exciting world of local government but many are still optimistic that the show will turn out to be hit.

Similar to The Office, Parks and Recreation features documentary cameras that follow Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a mid-level official in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. I n an effort to doll up her town and advance her career, she takes on a seemingly simple project that involves helping local nurse Ann Logan (Rashida Jones) take on suspicious bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, and real estate developers who are equipped with lawsuits, the jumble of city codes, and the democratic process that Leslie adores.  The show also features Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza.

While Parks and Recreation seems to offer a promising cast, the pressure lies on Emmy Award nominee Amy Poehler, who boasts an impressive arsenal of outrageous characters from her stint on Saturday Night Live.

"Amy is the ideal comedic talent to star in this new series from the executive producers of The Office," NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman said in a statement.  "We've been hotly pursuing her for some time to make the transition to primetime.  She is at the top of her game as her starring role in Baby Mama and her recent Emmy nomination show."

"Amy shines in everything she does.  She can make even bad material funny, and I know we can write bad material," Daniels added.

What do you think of Parks and Recreation?  Catch the premiere episode on Thursday, April 4 at 8:30pm on NBC.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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