Adam Scott joins cast of NBC comedy
Another “Party Down” thesp is heading to the broadcast big leagues.Adam Scott, who stars in the cult fave Starz laffer, is joining the cast of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Scott reps the second “Party Down” star to depart the critically acclaimed but little-seen Starz comedy and join the cast of a major network skein, following “Glee” star Jane Lynch. Indeed, Scott’s situation is similar to Lynch’s: He has no long-term commitment to “Party Down,” freeing him to pursue the “Parks and Recreation” gig without having to negotiate out of a contract. Under his deal with Starz, Scott would appear in up to three episodes of “Party Down” should the show be picked up for a third season. Lynch had a similar pact; she’ll be seen in the last episode of this upcoming season. The 10-episode second season of “Party Down” bows April 23 on Starz. On “Parks and Recreation,” Scott will play a love interest to Leslie Knope (played by star Amy Poehler). Exec producer Mike Schur was mum on the character beyond that. “Adam is one of the funniest and most versatile performers around,” Schur said. “When we designed the character he is going to play, we used him as the dream scenario of who we could get.” Scott will appear on the last two episodes of “Parks and Rec” this season in May and returns in season three as a regular. Beyond his role as Henry Pollard on “Party Down,” Scott’s credits include HBO’s “Tell Me You Love Me.” He’s nominated for best actor (for “The Vicious Kind”) at the Spirit Awards. Other feature credits include “Leap Year,” “Step Brothers,” “Knocked Up” and “Aviator.” News of Scott’s “Parks and Rec” gig comes as the show has also secured Rob Lowe, late of “Brothers and Sisters,” for a recurring role. In other recent casting news, Alan Ruck (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) will star as Hollister in the CW’s Amy Sherman-Palladino drama pilot. Also, Ryan Devlin (“Cougar Town”) has been tapped to star as William Shatner’s son in the CBS comedy pilot “Shat My Dad Says.” And Blair Underwood has signed on to play the president in NBC drama pilot “The Event.” Underwood scored a Golden Globe nom for his work on HBO’s “In Treatment.” As part of his “Parks” casting, Scott has also sealed a first-look production deal with Universal.