NBC announced Friday that the ratings-challenged Parks and Recreation has been picked up for a third season. And I announced Friday that I will be doing my dance of joy — Parks and Rec has been unstoppable this season, thanks in no small part to the amazing combined powers of Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman. Tom + Ron 4eva.
Ansari’s star seems to be rising really quickly on the heels of his fantastic stand-up special, while Offerman’s heavily-mustached Ron Swanson has become the show’s undercover funniest character. Yes, Amy Poehler has come into her own this season (this scene alone could be her Emmy reel), and yes, Aubrey Plaza’s disaffected April is nine kinds of hilarious, particularly when she’s trying to hide her crush on Chris Pratt’s Andy. But it’s breakfast-enthusiast Ron and the newly divorced Tom that provide the best lines of the show: “Our marriage was always a complete disaster, but we did have…that. The two of us. It’s like doing peyote and sneezing slowly for six hours,” for example, from Ron. Or: “I have never taken the high road. But I tell other people to ’cause then there’s more room for me on the low road,” a Tom classic.
I am over-the-moon about another season of Parks, PopWatchers. I’m hoping for another guest run from Louis C.K. You?