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'Parks and Recreation' nabs guest star Jason Schwartzman

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. 

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Written by: mcpherson
Dec 19th, 2012, 1:45 pm


Message Posted On Dec 24th, 2012, 9:55 am
I’m so glad this news turned out to be true! I just thought Schwartzman’s appearance was a rumor when I first heard my DISH coworkers talking about it. I’ve loved him ever since I saw him in Bored to Death, so I’m definitely excited to see him in Parks and Rec. Plus, I won’t even have to worry about forgetting to set my DVR to record this episode, even though it won’t air till early next year, since my DISH Hopper DVR’s PrimeTime Anytime feature auto-records this and everything else on the major networks during primetime hours. I can’t wait to see it!
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