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Rob Lowe -- Chris Traeger of "Parks and Recreation" -- will be leaving the series this season, along with Rashida Jones, both of whose fortunes on this minor classic are linked in their many-episodes-long pursuit of a bundle of joy.
He's been a major part of the series, and enough can't be said about Jones' importance too, so for fans, this is all a big deal. Last night on "Late Show with David Letterman," Lowe talked (for the first time, I believe) about why he's going -- though the frustrating thing about this clip is that he gives no reason at all (lame-ish and evasive jokes about how tough a boss Amy Poehler is.) .
Fact is, he is reportedly in development on a new series for NBC. Moreover, as "P&R" heads into a long off-the-air period this month ("hiatus" isn't quite the right word), there's renewed speculation that this will be "P&R's" last season. Jones and Lowe will likely leave early next year -- he says his final episode will be taped shortly.
Here's the full clip, as Rob and Dave reminisce about the days both lived in Malibu.
Newsday app readers, please head to Newsday.com/tvzone if youwant to hear what Dave used to do on Halloween. (Hint: He did not dress up.)
Yes, it's been a rough few weeks for "Parks and Recreation," NBC's last holdover from the golden days of comedy on the network.
As pointed out by some media observers, Disney Channel's "Dog with a Blog" got more viewers (3.5 million) than the Kristen Bell-starring Oct. 3 episode of "P&R" (3.1 million.)
Now this: NBC has put the series on the shelf for the November sweeps, elbowed aside for the battle rounds of "The Voice." A surprise perhaps because TVline.com, which first reported the story, pointed out that a Halloween-themed episode was also put on ice.
Because it's unlikely a Hallow episode will air (say) at Christmas, this could mean NBC will eat the entire episode -- amazing if true.
Thursday marks the crucible of the entire network fall 2013 season, when more major shows ("Grey's Anatomy," "Big Bang Theory") launch and when more viewers tune in than just about any other day of the year. This is a huge night for the networks. So, to make this navigation a little bit easier, I'm going to post some of tonight's major events, so you know what the heck...Read more »
The best actress and actor category in the 2013 65th Primetime Emmy Awards is possibly the most difficult to call of 'em all -- many fine candidates, only two will win. And let's get to those, shall we?
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix Louis C.K., Louie, FX Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime Jim Parsons,...Read more »