Parks and Recreation is one of the most buzzed-about shows of the year: if you need any further proof, just see this week's issue of TIME Magazine, which named it the best show of the year. The show proved particularly relevant given the political frenzy that surrounded the election season, but now that we're entering another election off-year, the series still keeps giving us reasons to watch. Case in point: Wednesday's news that the series has nabbed actor Jason Schwartzman for what looks to be a very promising guest role.
Schwartzman starred in HBO's detective comedy Bored to Death, and is known for his quirky roles -- he's given great turns in Wes Anderson films such as The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom, in addition to playing the main antagonist in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. TV comedy fans will no doubt remember him in his turn on the iconic series Freaks and Geeks as a purveyor of fake IDs.
Later this season, Schwartzman will pop up on Parks and Rec as the character Dennis Lerpiss, the owner of a brick-and-mortar video store that has begun to financially go under (thanks, Netflix!). Leslie (Amy Poehler) decides to do something about that -- namely, to have the store named a historical landmark of Pawnee.
Sounds like a fantastic episode that should prove relevant to just about everyone who remembers going to their local video stores, before the advent of Netflix and Redbox.
Parks and Recreation will return January 17 with its next episode, "Two Parties," on NBC.