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EVERWOOD Standout Chris Pratt Joins NBC’s OFFICE Not-Spinoff PARKS AND RECREATION!!

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Chris Pratt, hilarious as Bright Abbott in “Everwood” and Naked Chester in “The OC,” has joined Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and Aziz Ansari in the cast of “Parks And Recreation,” the fast-approaching NBC sitcom from “The Office” writers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur. According to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello, Pratt plays “the unemployed musician boyfriend of Rashida Jones' nurse character.” I’ve long had Pratt pegged as a future movie star, and that’s starting to happen too; he was in “Wanted” and “Bride Wars” and has Universal/Imagine’s “Young Americans” and Fox Atomic’s “Jennifer’s Body” on the way. “Parks” debuts April 9. Read all of Ausiello’s exclusive on the matter here.

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  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST

    No way...

    by TheMark

    For the first time in seven years reading I might be the first person at a post. Awesome. Anyway, I thought the preview for this looked pretty good...lets hope it's Office season 2 good.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    this show lost me at "starring Amy Poehler"

    by lsleelee

    why do people keep hiring horsefaces like her or Rene Zellweger to do things when there are more attractive women in Hollywood than you can shake a stick at?

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:49 a.m. CST

    I wiped a booger on the set of Everwood.

    by Cheif Brody

    Not kidding. On the frame of one of Doc Brown's (Treat Williams) fake medical degrees hanging on a wall. Man...the air is dry in Utah! <p> Anyways...I'm a lil sad to hear Rashida has jumped ship from The Office. It was great seeing her again last week. Just wondering if this new show will be shot in the same 'documentary' style way The Office is shot...I don't mind it...but I'm always wondering WHERE THE HELL IS THIS AIRING? They are obviously taping at Dunder-Mifflin for a "show"...or a "documentary movie"...when can...or when do the characters WATCH this show or movie? I keep waiting for Michael and Dwight to be out on a sales call...and a guy recognizes them on the street, "'re the two idiots from that show on TV!"....and Michael & Dwight would say "What show?". <p> Well...fuck Chris Pratt...The dude's now engaged to they uber-hot-funny-sexy Anna Faris! Lucky bastard!!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1 a.m. CST

    I kinda hope this show bombs...

    by F-18

    if it means Mike Schur might go back to writing his sports blog again. <p> FREE KEN TREMENDOUS!!!!!

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Ots funny

    by Napoleon Park

    when they hold a talkback and no body comes. Seriously, no Chuck, Fringe or Supernatural talkbacks, no Medium, but THIS you thought people would want to discuss? Tell me there's gonna be a Dollhouse debut talkback this Friday.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:08 a.m. CST

    When will Will Arnett guest star?

    by White Goodman

    I'll watch any piece of crap with him in it. And then I'll Gobias some coffee.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    I like the cast hate the premise

    by slimballs

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 2:56 a.m. CST


    by champvinyl

    Seriously? I'm a guy and even i know thats probably the most shallow thing i've read in weeks... women have to be model-attractive to be funny now? go watch some springer and step away from the magic computer box.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST

    They should have kept Rashida as her Office character.

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Lame that she's not. And let's hope Amy Poehler is as funny as we hope she is, outside of SNL, where she was not.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Worst title ever?

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Parks and Recreation? Even The Amy Poehler show would be better.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Shoulda happened a few years ago

    by BizarroJerry

    Poehler was much funnier right about in the middle of her SNL days. Then she became obnoxious.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by Quin the Eskimo

    I'll watch Parks and Recreation, you watch Spike TV, and hopefully I will never have to interact with someone so ignorant again. Honestly.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    For the record...

    by Don Lockwood

    ...Chris Pratt and Anna Faris aren't engaged, they're married. <p> I was wondering the other day what had happened to Pratt when I saw his ex, Emily Van Camp, on some show. <p> Dude can pick'em.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Chris Pratt - the new Merritt Butrick.

    by Christopher3

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Amy Poehler?

    by haggardatbest


  • Feb. 10, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    He already looked 40 in WANTED...

    by Drath

    I was shocked when I realized that old guy was him. How the fuck old is he? Never mind, I don't want to find out he's younger than me. Shit. He'd be perfect for an Office Spin off. This musician boyfriend thing sounds lame, like a guest stint on SCRUBS or something.

  • Feb. 10, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Will watch in spite of Amy Poehler

    by Heckles

    But the more they show her the less interested I am. At least Rashida Jones is still there.