News Briefs: Two Major Characters Are Leaving Parks and Recreation

By Tim Surette

Aug 01, 2013

SHAKE UP AT THE PAWNEE PARKS DEPARTMENT

... Tick two off the Pawnee population count. Parks and Recreation will be saying goodbye to Rashida Jones (Ann) and Rob Lowe (Chris) midway through the upcoming sixth season. No reasons have been announced for their departure, but let's just blame Sean Saves the World. Lowe won't stray too far, though; NBC is apparently working on a development deal with him. [Buzzfeed / Deadline]


BUSINESS TIME

... Celebrity fellas! Go ahead and pop the question, because you have an out! ABC has renewed Celebrity Wife Swap for a 13-episode third season. Look for it to air sometime next year. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Style is bringing back the original Cribs, the '80s and '90s jealousy maker Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Remember, the one where Robin Leach narrated inside looks at how the wealthy live while the rest of us stayed at home and ate Salisbury Steak TV Dinners? The new version will be hosted by Nick Cannon, who is quickly becoming the new Mario Lopez. [THR]

... FX and Paul Giamatti are working on a minseries about abolitionist John Brown. It's early in development, but the idea would be a period piece following a farmer's transformation from veggie peddler to anti-slave activist and his famous assault on Harper's Ferry. Sweet! Another chapter of American History that we can watch instead of read. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime's online service Showtime Anytime, where subscribers can watch on-demand series and movies that are on the premium cable network, now has another trick in its hat other than the ability to magically make Homeland appear on iPads. Starting today, both the East Coast and West Coast feeds of Showtime can be streamed to approved devices, meaning you can spoil Gigolos for all your friends. [Showtime via press release]

... Amazon is producing five more kids' series pilots for its original programming initiative. In contention for next season (Amazon has seasons?) will be Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Grid Smasher, Hard-Boiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, and Wishenpoof! Fact: You must be high on LSD to come up with names for kids' shows. [Amazon via press release]

... Syfy is cashing in on the Sharknado craze and has licensed Sharknado-branded merchandise. Expect Sharknado shirts, mugs, bags, calendars, swimsuits, neck ties, bumper stickers, aprons, and more to hit the shelves of novelty stores everywhere very soon. [Syfy via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Danny Trejo (MACHETE!) is taking the cash. The character actor will join FX's upcoming multi-camera comedy Saint George, which stars George Lopez as a divorced Mexican dad who gets rich in business and balances his new life with his roots and blah blah blah. Trejo will play George's uncle. The series is being set up under the same model as Anger Management, meaning that if the initial 10 episodes do well in the ratings, FX will order 90 more. [THR]

... Ghost Whisperer's David Conrad has landed a recurring role on ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There are no details on the part, though, so make something up. [TV Line]

... Barack Obama, yes THAT Obama, will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next week on Tuesday to promote his new movie Grown Ups 2. [NBC via press release]

... Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor never met a guest role he didn't like, and you can see his next one on Raising Hope. He'll play a man who pops up in the lives of the Chance family during the upcoming season. [THR]

... Flight star Kelly Reilly will star in ABC's forthcoming limited series The Black Box. She'll play a brilliant neuroscientist who is keeping her mental illness a secret from her friends and coworkers. Because all lead characters now have to have some type of medical condition, it's a new rule of TV. The 13-episode run starts next year. [ABC via press release]

... Isabella Rossellini will take time off from simulating animal sex to drop by NBC's The Blacklist. She'll play an activist who becomes the target of an assassin who makes his killings look like everyday accidents. I'm gonna go ahead and guess that The Blacklist will be the season's most overrated new show. [The Wrap]

... Brother of Kate and Rules of Engagement vet Oliver Hudson will join Nashville next season because he's a good-looking guy with brown hair, just like all the dudes on that show. Hudson will play a business man who comes to town and probably sucks face with Rayna. [TV Line]

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  • ButterMeUp44 Aug 01, 2013

    Oliver Hudson + Nashville? My day just got better.

  • EGO-T Aug 01, 2013

    "Expect Sharknado shirts, mugs, bags, calendars, swimsuits, neck ties, bumper stickers, aprons, and more to hit the shelves of novelty stores everywhere very soon." If they only would have put half this effort into their actual shows like Alphas, Eureka and Warehouse 13 they might still be on.

  • BarbaraJohn Aug 01, 2013

    Has Warehouse 13 ended? Oh no I missed that somewhere if it has. :(

  • EGO-T Aug 01, 2013

    They have been canceled. They are going to get an abbreviated last season to tie up loose ends but it's done.

  • BarbaraJohn Aug 02, 2013

    Great I was an Alphas, Eureka all the Star Gates, Fringe, etc. fan and now there is nothing remotely sci-fi left.

  • Lefin Sep 27, 2013

    Orphan Black and Continuum are solid Canadian imports in the sci-fi department. Over on network, there's Almost Human coming up as well.

    I feel ya, though. SyFy has been axing all their good original shows left and right. I miss Alphas especially; it was just hitting its stride :(

  • Alastor7800 Aug 01, 2013

    Ann you beautiful useless character, i'm still going to miss you. (But seriously you guys scared me when i saw Ron's picture. Parks and rec can't survive without him).

  • JosephCecil Aug 01, 2013

    Dammit, Jerry!

  • SinspaW Aug 01, 2013

    What the hell Tim! Two major characters leaving and you put Ron "f*cking" Swanson in the news headline cover? That scared the shit out of me. Ann and Chris can leave. They will be missed, but they don't really "make" the show as far as I'm concerned.

  • JT_Kirk Aug 01, 2013

    "Trolling for Pageviews with Tim Surette"

  • RamonaVenema Aug 01, 2013

    I looooove Chris :( So sad Rob Lowe's leaving the show :(

  • BrianSchmittg Aug 01, 2013

    Ann has been an unnecessary character for quite some time now. I honestly can't remember a storyline that was focused on her that I actually liked. Chris has had a few good parts over the years, but once they made him all depressed and talking about his therapist all the time, he became pretty unbearable. I'm glad to see them both leave because it'll open up more screen time for everyone else.

  • JonWinter1 Aug 01, 2013

    i'm glad Chris is leaving. his storylines were lit-erally the weakest

  • dh4645 Aug 01, 2013

    Barack Obama, yes THAT Obama, will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next week on Tuesday to promote his new movie Grown Ups 2.

    um, what?

  • JT_Kirk Aug 01, 2013

    It's a statement on the absurdity of the leader of the free world going on a low-rent late night chat show that normally has as guests actors who promote shoddy movies.

  • dh4645 Aug 01, 2013

    ahhh, i get it now. just thought he was to be reporting the tv news...not attempting a comedy career.

  • JT_Kirk Aug 01, 2013

    It's legitimate criticism wrapped up in comedy, not unlike a political cartoon.

  • dh4645 Aug 01, 2013

    i've never liked those

  • dh4645 Aug 01, 2013

    Sean Saves the World looks horrible, why would that be the cause for their departure...it'll get cancelled for sure.

    anyway, i could live without so much Ann, but Chris is awesome!

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