This week's cover: Winter TV Preview and a farewell to 'Parks and Rec'
While you wrap up the aftermath of Christmas presents—return, return, regift, return, what the hell does this even do?—we show up at your door bearing one final holiday treat that will help you ring in the new year properly: EW‘s annual Winter TV Preview Issue.
Our coverage begins with an end. Yes, it’s almost time to get your eager eyes on the final season of Parks and Recreation, NBC’s scrappy, clever, and heartfelt local-government comedy. Before you do, you’ll want to read all the hints that showrunner Michael Schur offers up about the final 13 episodes, which are set in 2017. (“It not only allowed us to skip common tropes in late-season sitcoms like new babies or new jobs,” says Schur of season six’s cliffhanger time jump, “everywhere we looked it gave us interesting things to drop in for the characters,” he notes.) In addition, the cast reveal how they coped with saying goodbye to their beloved Pawnee. It’s fair to say that some were really savoring it. “We’re really making this ending tantric,” says Chris Pratt (a.k.a. Andy Dwyer) during the finale shoot. “Slowing it down, enjoying every thrust, breathing deeply, looking into our lover’s eyes.” EW also gives you a peek at the on-set action in those final days of shooting, including the very last day. (Spoiler alert: There were tears.)
Parks is far from the only show on which you’ll receive behind-the-scenes intel. We track down the formidable Hayley Atwell while visiting the set of ABC’s new Marvel action drama Agent Carter, cue up Fox’s music-business drama Empire, and catch up with the wondrous women of Comedy Central’s Broad City. We also check in with: Queen Elizabeth (Hurley) about her new E! soapy drama The Royals, Bob Odenkirk about his Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock about their Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper. Instead of making a New Year’s resolution that you’ll break by mid-January, resolve to pick up a copy of EW‘s Winter TV Preview and start programming your DVR for the most wintry time of the year.
For more on this winter’s most promising TV programming, pick up this week’s issue of EW.