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'Parks and Recreation' star Nick Offerman on his new 'Fargo' gig

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Nick Offerman is moving from one Midwest town to another: The Parks and Recreation star has signed on for a recurring role in season 2 of Fargo.

What attracted him to the FX crime dramedy? “I don’t get to shoot anybody in the face but I love the writing on that show,” Offerman recently told EW. “It’s a terrific show for actors and when I saw the first season I said, ‘Boy, if they would ever have me, I’d love to recite some of that Minnesota dialogue,’ and sure enough that’s what I’ll be doing.”

Season 2 will be set in the year 1979 in Luverne, Minnesota, where a young Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson) is investigating a case that “involves a local crime gang and a major mob syndicate,” according to the show’s description of the season. Offerman will assume the role of the town lawyer, Karl Weathers (that’s with a K, not a C). He is described as a Korean War veteran who is a “flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist.” Offerman did not reveal any other details about Karl, though he did note:  “He likes to have a good time.”

Ted Danson and Jean Smart are also coming aboard with Wilson as series regulars, joining the previously announced Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons. Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine Jeffrey Donovan and Angus Sampson are among the names on the recurring guest-star roster with Offerman.

Offerman will next be seen on the small screen back in Pawnee, Indiana, as Ron Swanson on Parks, which kicks off its seventh and final season on Jan. 13.

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