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People played 'Parks and Recreation' game Cones of Dunshire at Gen Con

This week, Parks and Recreation character Ben Wyatt’s nerd dreams came true—Cones of Dunshire is a real game being played in real life, at a gaming convention, no less.

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About that time Chris Pratt flashed Amy Poehler

Long before he was a Guardian of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt got in trouble with NBC for showing his coworkers his penis.

Pratt explained the incident on Wednesday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers: During the second season of Parks and Recreation, there’s a scene where Pratt’s Andy Dwyer shows up at then-girlfriend Anne Perkins’ home naked. Only Anne doesn’t open the door—Leslie Knope does.

As in most scenes with pixelated nudity, Pratt was actually wearing nude-colored briefs while shooting the scene. Then he decided to ditch them. You know, for art.

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Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen win American Comedy Awards

Amy Poehler and her NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation were big winners at last night’s American Comedy Awards, taking home the trophies for best comedy actress in television and top TV program.

The pre-taped awards ceremony made its broadcast network debut, airing on NBC for the first time. Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious served as the house band for the ACAs, which honored Bill Cosby with the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence. While introducing The Cos, Chris Rock acknowledged the strong, positive influence the comedian brought to a mainstream audience, saying: “Without The Cosby Show back then, we might not have a black man in the Oval Office today. Obama is the first black president, but Bill Cosby is the man to act like the first black president.”

Film winners included This Is the End, which was named top film and scored directing honors for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and The Heat, which took home best screenplay and earned Melissa McCarthy a best actress nod. Will Ferrell won the best actor award for his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. Billy Eichner accepted the statue in his honor, delivering some of then night’s best lines. Watch his speech below: READ FULL STORY

Adding bangs to women's hairstyles in time jumps: What's the point?

Parks and Rec may have teased a big shocker in the last few minutes of its season finale Thursday night, but the actual shocker played second fiddle to the real upset: Leslie Knope’s new bangs in the flash-forward.

On the episode of Parks and Recreation, we got a look at Future Leslie… with bangs. On How I Met Your Mother‘s season finale, we got at a look at Future Robin… with bangs. In Scandal‘s first season, flashbacks are signified by Olivia Pope going from bang-free to full-on fringed. On Friends, ’80s Rachel has — guess what? — bangs.

More and more, the fringe is used on TV to indicate a time change even though it’s basically useless, both expositorily and plot-wise. Time jumps are often accompanied by a title screen indicating as clearly as possible that the scene is either from the past or future: On the Parks and Rec season finale, a caption tells us we’re three years in the future as Leslie jaunts around the office with her new blonde bangs. All the men look the same — save for Ben’s gelled-back hair — but nope, not Leslie. How would we viewers figure out it was a time jump without the fringe?

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'Parks and Recreation' finale ending: What did you think?

[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this story until you have watched tonight's season finale of Parks and Recreation.]

So… that happened. Or will happen three years from now. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Rec': Paul Schneider, a.k.a. Mark Brendanawicz, has no plans to return to Pawnee

Bad news, Mark Fan-danawiczes: Even though this Pawneean lives in Indiana’s greatest town, the chances of him paying another visit to the Parks department are slim to none.

Scratching your head right about now? Here’s a refresher: Way back when Parks and Recreation first premiered, Leslie Knope’s number one crush was hunky city planner Mark, played by indie film actor Paul Schneider. Mark was basically the Hoosier State’s answer to The Office‘s Jim Halpert — wry, boyish, bored to death by his job but forced by sitcom laws to spend all his free time with his co-workers. He never exactly jelled with the rest of the show’s cast, especially after Parks morphed from an Office clone into its own sweetly optimistic thing in season 2 — and, at the end of the series’ first full year, Mark and Schneider both left Parks for good. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' and babies: What will happen to the show?

[SPOILERS AHEAD if you haven't watched the latest episode of Parks and Recreation!]

The news is out: Ben and Leslie are having triplets! In real life, this would be cause for congratulations (and a hearty “good luck”), but this is TV, so of course this is the perfect opportunity to think about what will come of this revelation.

But first of all, why triplets? “It was sort of like, well, Leslie is famously sort of an overachiever, and having her body overachieve in terms of starting her family just seemed like a very logical thing to have happen,” showrunner Mike Schur said in a conference call Friday. “Twins was sorta like okay, that’s one level of overachievement, but triplets, that’s a winner.” READ FULL STORY

The Cure for Pop Culture Exhaustion

Burned out by the incessant opinions, snark, and sniping? Drop out of the conversation and binge on something in a vacuum.

While the rest of the world has been busy gnashing its teeth over the How I Met Your Mother finale, mourning the sudden death of Will Gardner, and snickering over Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling,” I’ve devoted the past week to watching the first four seasons of Parks and Recreation. Many would call this a binge — or a cry for help — but I prefer to think of it as a detox. There’s so much hashtagging and around-the-clock quarterbacking in pop culture today. Sometimes one just needs to give herself the quiet relief of sinking blissfully into a Leslie Knope-hole. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' react: What do you think of Leslie's [SPOILER] news? -- POLL

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[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this story until you've watched tonight's episode of Parks and Recreation, "Flu Season 2."]

Leslie Knope has done it all — get Pawnee’s parks in ship shape, get a job on the City Council, get recalled, get two hours of waffles, and get married. Perhaps the only thing she hasn’t done is get pregnant. But that all changed Thursday night with “Flu Season 2,” a rather delightful episode of Parks and Recreation that revealed early on that Leslie was vomiting not from a virus, but because she is with child — and ended with her breaking the big news to Ben. This twist comes at an unexpected if inconvenient time, as she is weighing whether to accept a job in Chicago with the National Parks Service. And if that weren’t enough, she is also trying to pull off the Unity Concert, which was having some booking problems: Chipp McCapp (Bo Burnham!), you are a bad man and a bad son; Scott Tanner (Jeff Tweedy!!), won’t you save the day and reunite Land Ho? Watch as Leslie tells Ben her big news below: READ FULL STORY

'The Simpsons' spoofs those 'Mad Men' previews -- VIDEO

Mad Men has made a name for itself by airing maddeningly vague previews of the coming week’s episode. (Oh, right — it also won the hearts and minds of American TV critics — and the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row.) To promote its new episode at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Fox’s The Simpsons is getting all Mad at you by offering up a tease that will leave you none the wiser for having seen it. Check it out.

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Fine, we won’t leave you totally in the dark. In the episode, which is a sequel to season 16’s “Future-Drama” and is set 30 years in the future, Homer gets a new clone every time he dies, Lisa’s husband is a zombie version of Millhouse, and Bart clashes with his ex-wife, Jenda (voiced by Amy Poehler), who is romantically entangled with a crab-like alien. READ FULL STORY

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