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Herc Laughs Plenty At Tonight’s Swanson-Centric PARKS AND RECREATION!! Plus?? See The Rest of The Koi Pond Footage!!

I am – Hercules!!
NBC says of tonight’s “Parks and Recreation,” titled “Ron and Tammy”:
Leslie (Amy Poehler) is upset when she learns the library department wants to take over her lot. Making matters worse, the library is run by Ron's (Nick Offerman) ex-wife Tammy (played by Offerman's real-life wife Megan Mullally), who still has a powerful emotional hold on him. Meanwhile, Andy (Chris Pratt) gets a job in hopes of winning Ann (Rashida Jones) back.
What NBC isn’t telling you: * Andy’s new job is a Pioneer Hall, where his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend Mark Brendanawicz works as a city planner. * Andy replaces someone named “Old Gus.” * The library department is much feared among city officials. Explains Leslie: “They’re mean, conniving, rude and extremely well-read, which makes them very dangerous.” * “Will & Grace” sucked, but Mullally is a weirdly hot fiftysomething, and really funny in this. * Amy Poehler is really funny in this one too. Terrified of the library department, Leslie catches herself thinking aloud, and can barely function when she's forced to confront Tammy for the first time: Whoever edited that last scene needs to get on the short list for an Emmy nomination. Ahead for “The Office”: Tonight:
“Double Date.” Written by Charlie Grandy Jim and Pam are out of excuses so they have no choice but to go out with Michael and Helene (guest star Linda Purl). Meanwhile, Dwight is strangely doing nice things for everyone in the office.
Next Week:
“Murder.” Written by Danny Chun Michael’s world is rocked by troubling rumors about Dunder Mifflin. He forces the office into a day of strange diversions, upsetting Jim and leading others to wonder if Michael has gone insane. Meanwhile, Andy finds that his chief obstacle in courting Erin (Ellie Kemper) is his own awkwardness.
Nov. 19:
“Shareholder Meeting.” Written by Justin Spitzer Michael gets excited when he’s invited by David Wallace to be honored on stage at the Dunder Mifflin shareholder meeting in New York, and he brings Andy, Dwight and Oscar along for the ride. Meanwhile, Jim has a hard time getting Ryan to do work.
David Wallace, who saw the disaster Michael unleashed at last season’s company picnic, is clearly as crazy as Jan Levinson. They should maybe try to hire Albert Brooks to play Dunder Mifflin’s CEO. Or Christopher Walken. Pam’s mom popped by Dunder Mifflin during the early season-two Todd Packer episode about sexual harassment, but she was played by Shannon Cochrane (“Star Trek: Nemesis”) rather than Linda Purl. Deleted scenes from last week’s “Koi Pond”: “Parks and Recreation”: 8:30 p.m. Thursday. NBC. “The Office”: 9 p.m. Thursday. NBC.
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  • Nov. 5, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by IceCreamCohn

    First First

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Michael dating Pam's mom

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Isn't she like 60 or something? Does that seem in character for him?

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Mullally has nice boobies

    by IceCreamCohn

    She does

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Community at 8pm EST.

    by Chakraborty

    Best show on TV.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Yeah, we get it - you love Parks and Recreation

    by JuanSanchez

    because you have some weird hard-on for Amy Poehler. How about talkbacks for shows people actually watch - like House?

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST

    nothing for

    by Bloo

    Community or 30 Rock?

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Nope, cause Herc doesn't want to bone Joel McHale or...

    by JuanSanchez

    Tina Fey, just Amy Poehler and possibly Nick Offerman.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Boo hoo Herc didnt talk about my show

    by natrlbornthrllr

    I am (while knowing I shouldn't be) astounded at how picky some people can be with a guy who takes his time to write daily updates on television programming. Herc keeps up with the most hectic scene this site covers, and you fuckers can't lay off his balls for one day of it.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST

    But natrlbornthrllr, I have literally nothing else to do!

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST

    No mention of Community...angst...angst...angst

    by jimbojones123

    See how I already took a shot at the Community nuts while promoting the Cummunity agenda. <p> Genius post, huh???

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Amy Poehler is ugly

    by Chakraborty


  • Nov. 5, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Parks has come into its own since its inception

    by terry1978

    The Halloween ep. alone was better than every other Thursday show sans 30 Rock. Tom Halverford is one of the funniest characters on tv.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Parks is like Community....for smart people.

    by jaysin420

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Anyone who claims that Parks is for smart people...

    by Chakraborty a moron. FACT!!!!

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Community!! Talk about it you morons!!

    by GunterMonkey

    Really, you give the steaming pile of shit known as Parks and Rec a nod, but no Community? Ain't it moronic...

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by ciroslive

    I think its in character for Michael to stay with someone willing to have sex with him. (for example JAN)

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    why does every talkback

    by Timahh

    inevitably turn into a this show>that show arguement. It is simply possible that two shows on tv are good. Herc likes parks, which is why it gets special mention. It is a very good show as of late. Community is also a good show. you see how easy that was?

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Timahh, your calm rationality is not welcome here

    by palooka_boy


  • Nov. 5, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by jimbojones123

    Community > 4 day old underwear > recent P&R > P&R season 1. <p> Deal with it buddy.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by jimbojones123

    You nailed it. His desperation always beats out anything else.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Why Michael Scott is not trying

    by jimbojones123

    To get with Erin anywhere near as much as the groping of Pam needs to be addressed.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Funniest moment in a comedy this season

    by Ryanbraun14

    The most hilarious joke/moment in a comedy this season was in the second episode of community. It was when the spanish teacher, chan, was going on his rant and said:<br><br>MY KNOWLEDGE WILL BITE HER FACE OFF!!!<br><br>There have been funnier moments on Its always sunny in philadelphia, but I can't really count that show because, as i've said before, always sunny is just too fuckin superior to any comedy in recent memory... its getting itself up to Arrested Development status... i think its safe to say it will be quite a while until a comedy comes along that deserves to be up with Arrested Development and Its Always Sunny in philadelphia--the two greatest comedies ever seen on TV.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Amy Poehler boobies. Fact.

    by c4andmore

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Funniest moment in Community so far:

    by chromedome

    "i've peed alone my Whole Life!"

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    another of the funniest moments in communit y

    by Ryanbraun14

    Britta: 'Well, what ended up happening was-' <br><br> Abed: '-spoilers.' Honerable mention in Psych:<br><br> gus and jules looking through sean's internet browsing history and finding:<br>

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Don't watch Parks . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . already watch too many other shows. Question. How is Louis C.K. on the show? I friggin' love this guy's standup. Wondering if he's just playing himself like in Lucky Louie, or if he's venturing out.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    RE: Nice Marmot

    by itrainmonkeys

    Louis C.K. is doing awesome with what he gets. He's really playing it low-key and subtle. He acts nothing like his character on Lucky Louie or his standup persona. He's happy and content and a by-the-book police officer. He's had some real funny lines, but mainly because he's playing the straight man around most of these outrageous characters.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Community = steaming pile of shit

    by 2for2true

    Christ, some of you people are easily amused...

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Nick Offerman is a freak

    by Darkartist

    I've loved that guy ever since I first saw him as a maniac auto mechanic on American Body Shop. I've recently gone through the first season of that show and it's criminal that Comedy Central dumped it. It's fucking hilarious. Nick Offerman and his relationship with Peruvian Luis was one of the reasons it worked so well. I'm happy that he's finally getting attention for Parks and look forward to watching a Swanson-centric episode

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Every Thursday night comedy on NBC

    by Quin the Eskimo

    Is far above average, and that is good enough for me.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    let me clarify

    by Bloo

    I like The Office and I like Parks and Rec just like I like Community and 30 Rock

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Herc? what gives?

    by BadMrWonka

    "Will and Graces sucked" out of nowhere? I get that everyone has their opinion, but you just dismissed a huge and influential show out of nowhere for NO reason other than to be snarky...and then you went right into a "who cares about this woman's career, she's hot!!! whoooo boner!!!" joke. <p>not like you, man. is your nephew writing the column now?

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Pearce you're a B!

    by JettL93

    once again community proves it's the greatest new show this season...perhaps of all time?

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    "Sorry to mislead you"

    by jimbojones123

    "Randy can be a boy or a girl name." Genius. Poor Annie. <p> "Hence AIDS"<p> Overboard reference.<p> "You are shaking fine"<p> "I'm Pierce, he is talking about me"<p> Great show.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Shock to the heart Office promo

    by jimbojones123

    Dwight's recorder version is still one of the top five moments in office history.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Did skinny Dominos Pizza guy

    by jimbojones123

    Have man boobs???

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    dear god

    by Canuck815

    this is already one of the most cringe-inducing Office episodes ever

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    JettL93, glad you liked tonight's episode

    by Hercules

    We worked really hard on it. Well, I should back to working on Batman III with Orci, Kurtzman, the Nolans and not you.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    no, Orci and kurtzman are not working on batman 3

    by JettL93

    you're lying

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    It has to be Toby

    by jimbojones123

    Coaching Pam on the hit.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    the 30 rock cisco ad shit

    by motivotion


  • Nov. 5, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST

    30 Rock

    by Canuck815

    Jenna and Tracy trying to recruit a black comedian was the most random and hilarious thing I may have ever seen on the show

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    30 Rock keeps trying to do too much. I just want my Lemon!

    by Flim Springfield

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 9:13 p.m. CST

    "You're 54!": Michael is now 99% Brick Tamland.

    by Flim Springfield

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    If you ride the NYC subway you know how dead-on that was

    by Raymar

    Dear gods that was funny. Jack rules.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Parks gets better every week, funniest show on tv....

    by jaysin420

    the office is finished and community needs to kill off chevy's character before its too late.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Chevy is to Community

    by jimbojones123

    As Shatner was to Boston Legal.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Orci and Kurtzman are working on the script

    by Hercules

    Though the Nolans, Warner Bros. and I ARE thinking about taking their names off the script. The fact that you don't know this proves you're not working with us on Batman III (not "Batman 3," by the way, as everyone on the Warner lot knows). Everyone's going to love the villains I picked out, BTW.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST is not even a viral site...

    by jimbojones123

    FlashFailure is so lame.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Herc, what are you trying to prove...

    by jimbojones123

    Beyond being redundant?

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Aubrey Plaza could totally get some

    by SithMenace

    from me.

  • Nov. 5, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    'that women realy knows her way around a penis"

    by snakecharmer


  • Nov. 6, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Its always Sunny is an unfunny Seinfeld clone

    by natecore

    throwing new characters in a Seinfeld story arc doesn't equal equals strained comedy. Except the Who Pooped the Bed episode; I dug that one.

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 5:53 a.m. CST


    by JettL93

    i won't stand for it Herc

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    "Or as I call it...

    by BigTexas42

    'Special Drink'". Why do I laugh so hard at that?

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Funniest shows last night were all on FX

    by 2for2true

    Sunny and the League beat the hell out of anything I saw on NBC last night. Vaginal Hubris, indeed....

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Regarding Batman 3 and the script

    by jim

    the way I heard it, someone told Schumacher that Nolan could do "no wrong" when it comes to Batman movies. Nolan & Schumacher were at the same party a while back and the subject came up. Long story short, an argument ensued, a bet was made, and Nolan is now in the early stages of a shot-for-shot remake of "Batman & Robin".

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Geez Herc, don't feed the trollz...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Jett is funny in a shortbus-mittens-pinned-to-jacket-eat-worms-kinda way.<p>Let the baby have his bottle.

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Community is awesome and Parks is growing on me

    by Andy_Dufresne

    I hated, hated, hated Parks and Recreation last season. It just wasn't funny at all. It was like the office except with nothing really amusing happening. They have remedied that this season. Poehler is much better and the supporting cast is a lot of fun. You have gotta love Ron Swanson. The actor that plays him was also great in a comedy central show about auto mechanics. Love that guy. Community is just a really funny show with an actual heart. It's nice to see a comedy that isn't afraid to skip the snarkiness for a minute and allow the characters to care a little bit about each other.

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    What's this Batman III shit about?

    by megatom5

    Seriously are they actually working on it? 2011, 12, 13? Villian better not be Catwoman. Also another scarecrow scene would be cool.

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Ron Swanson is one of history's great men

    by General_Soreness

    “I’m a simple man. I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food. But this stock photo I bought at a framing store isn’t real. Today, I got the real thing. A naked Tammy made me breakfast this morning. I should’ve taken a picture of it.”

  • Nov. 6, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Loved Ron on P&R and Chevy in the Community tag

    by Tacom

    Ron was my favorite character in the beginning of Parks and he keeps getting and better. I also liked Chevy in this week's episode especially the end with the rapper.