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Pawnee Goes International for 'Parks and Rec' Season Six

By Jac Kern · September 25th, 2013 · Television

Get ready to treat yo’self, because Parks and Recreation (8 p.m. Thursdays, NBC) is back with an hour-long premiere this week.

This sixth season opens with the Pawnee crew in London, where Leslie is honored with an international “Women in Government” award. Expect Leslie, Ben, April and Andy to take in the sights as Ron preaches his disdain for all things European. Back in the States, Tom is busy running Rent-A-Swag, “Pawnee’s only teen clothing rental service.” His new business suffers hardships when a competitor opens up across the street.

The season is packed with tons of guest stars, including Heidi Klum, who portrays the beloved mayor of a small Danish city also being honored in London, Kristen Bell as Eagleton councilwoman Ingrid de Forest and Henry Winkler, playing Jean-Ralphio’s dad. Lucy Lawless will be back as Ron’s lady friend … and baby mama!

If you’ve seen actor Chris Pratt (who plays Andy Dwyer) lately, you’ll know he’s gotten ripped for superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy. The show humorously addresses this sudden physical change by having Andy stop drinking beer: “I lost 50 pounds in one month,” he explains to Ben. With Pratt filming Guardians in London, Parks actually brought the show to him rather than losing Andy for part of the season (thank god). Another change you must literally start preparing for now is the inevitable exit of Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger — Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe will reportedly leave Parks mid-season. Hopefully not before they make the most attractive baby on Earth.


It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (10 p.m., FXX) – After making questionable investment decisions, The Gang tries to recoup their losses by taking advantage of Ben the Soldier and former pro wrestler Da’ Maniac.

The League (10:30 p.m., FXX) – Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Rogen write and star in their own episode, which means this week is all about Rafi and Dirty Randy.

The duo travels to Los Angeles to avenge a friend’s death and break into mainstream porn.


The Crazy Ones (Series Premiere, 9 p.m., CBS) – Robin Williams (in his first regular TV gig since Mork & Mindy) and Sarah Michelle Gellar star in this new comedy as father and daughter advertising executives at a Chicago agency.  

Parenthood (Season Premiere, 10 p.m., NBC) – Grab your tissues, ’cause this family’s got issues! That really should be the tagline, right? The Braverman clan returns with a new baby, a cancer-free Kristina and plenty of family drama.


Saturday Night Live (Season Premiere, 11:30, NBC) – SNL all-star Tina Fey returns to her old digs to kick off the show’s 39th season; Arcade Fire performs.


Breaking Bad (Series Finale, 9 p.m., AMC) – This epic ending for Walter White promises to tie up all loose ends. Goodbye, bitch! Talking Bad therapy session immediately follows the 75-minute finale.

Boardwalk Empire (9 p.m., HBO) – Nucky and Rothstein play poker; Van Alden reluctantly helps the Capones; Dr. Narcisse and Dunn talk business in Harlem.

Homeland (Season Premiere, 9 p.m., Showtime) – While Brody is on the run, Carrie must testify about the car bombing that killed more than 200 Americans in last season’s finale. Saul is called to take over the CIA.

Eastbound & Down (Season Premiere, 10 p.m., HBO) – Kenny Powers is fucking back — one last time. This fourth and final season brings a new Kenny — a husband and dad in the ’burbs. But Powers’ craving for the spotlight is awakened after a night partying with former teammate and current talk show host Guy Young (Ken Marino).

Masters of Sex (Series Premiere, 10 p.m., Showtime) – Based on the true story of revolutionary sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, this new series opens in 1956 as Masters (Michael Sheen) begins his secret study of human sexuality.

Hello Ladies (Series Premiere, 10:30 p.m., HBO) – English comedian and frequent Ricky Gervais-collaborator Stephen Merchant stars in this new comedy as Stuart, a geeky Brit trying way too hard to find love in Los Angeles.


How I Met Your Mother (8 p.m., CBS) – Robin and Barney brace themselves for the onslaught of relatives arriving for the wedding. Lily discovers a list Ted made detailing everything he wants to accomplish before moving to Chi-town.

CONTACT JAC KERN: jkern@citybeat.com or @jackern



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