Parks and Recreation season 5 to feature guest star Joe Biden

Parks and Recreation's fifth season has already been a particularly exciting one; just last month saw the long-anticipated engagement of Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott). This season has also seen guest spots from senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe -- and now it's set to add another familiar face: Vice President Joe Biden. 

Biden, who was re-elected to the office of Vice President on Tuesday along with President Barack Obama, was confirmed to be appearing in Parks and Recreation on Wednesday by The New York Times. Biden, who has been a subject of admiration and sometimes affection by Parks and Recreation's protagonist, Leslie Knope, will reportedly appear in a cameo later this season. 

Biden's participation in the series was kept a secret until after the election, due to restrictions about promoting one candidate over the other; had his involvement been leaked, his opponent Paul Ryan would have been approached to appear as well. 

"My whole family loves ‘Parks and Recreation’ and I had a great time filming that scene," Biden wrote about his cameo. "It was a real honor that in my sitcom debut I got to meet someone like Leslie Knope, who believes so deeply in public service. She’s an example for men and women across the country that there’s no higher calling than helping other people. On a personal note, I’ll never figure out how Leslie Knope got my home phone number, but that really just shows how committed she is."

A "very slight adjustment" was made to the scene in case Obama and Biden were not victorious, according to showrunner Mike Schur, though of course those provisions turned out to be unnecessary. 

Biden will appear on Parks & Recreation later this season. The next episode of the series, "Ben's Parents," airs Thursday, November 8 on NBC. 

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Written by: mcpherson
Nov 7th, 2012, 10:21 pm

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