J.K. Simmons is a man who commands authority. To that end, he tends to pop up in authority roles on the small and silver screens. Simmons played the editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle in the three Sam Raimi 'Spider-Man' films; he's been the assistant police chief on 'The Closer;' who could forget his scene-stealing role as an FBI director in the underrated film 'Burn After Reading?'
Well that authoritarian air is coming with Simmons en route to 'Parks & Recreation,' where the actor is slated to make a guest appearance as the slightly gruff mayor of Partridge, Minn., a post that Ben (Adam Scott) briefly held when he was eighteen years old. What happened to Ben's political career in Partridge? Well it turns out he was impeached for developing the ill-conceived Ice Town that bankrupted the town.
The March episode is about Ben and Leslie (played by Amy Poehler) taking the trip to Ben's hometown. He has been expecting anger towards him for the Ice Town fiasco, but he arrives to find forgiveness. "The mayor is throwing a ceremony to say, ‘It’s okay, Ben. Everything’s fine now. Ice Town was 20 years ago,'" executive producer Michael Schur told Entertainment Weekly.
The episode will also feature a guest appearance by Annabeth Gish ('The X-Files,' 'Brotherhood') as Ben's sister.
J.K. Simmons will be starring in the upcoming ABC comedy series 'Family Tools.'