By Tim Stack
Updated March 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Reports of poor test results for NBC’s new sitcom Parks and Recreation hit the web today but NBC Entertainment co-chair Ben Silverman tells EW these kinds of negative responses are not unusual for a new series. “All of the research we do around initial rough cuts is negative,” Silverman says. “If you had seen the initial research on all of ours and our competitors’ successful shows, it tends to be like that.” Silverman says he has “no idea” how the test reports were leaked. Parks and Recreation, which stars Amy Poehler and comes from The Office‘s Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, premieres on April 9. Poehler plays Leslie Knope, an ambitious but clueless parks department employee who hopes to rise within the local government of Pawnee, Ind. Rashida Jones and Aziz Ansari costar.

Daniels and Schur were originally assigned to pen an Office spin-off for NBC but developed Parks and Recreation instead. Silverman says, though, that he is still definitely interested in pursuing aspin-off of the Steve Carrell comedy series.

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