'Parks and Recreation' co-creator lands multi-year overall deal
Time to schedule a celebratory lunch at the Jurassic Fork for “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur.
Schur has landed a rich overall deal that will keep him at the helm of “Parks and Rec” for many years to come.
It’s the best job I can imagine,” Schur said. “I don’t want to go anywhere else. I’m so attached to this show now, and have come to care about it so much.”
The Amy Poehler laffer, created by Schur and Greg Daniels, has become a critical fave in its sophomore season.
NBC primetime entertainment prexy Angela Bromstad called Schur “one of the strongest emerging comedy voices on any network,” adding he “is here to stay.” “Mike, along with Greg Daniels, is steering ‘Parks and Recreation’ into another classic comedy,” Bromstad said.
Schur, Daniels and the show’s writers have spent time this season expanding the depth of the show’s characters — such as the breakfast-loving Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) — and its small-town Pawnee, Ind., universe.
It’s been really nice to get that wave of critical acclaim,” Schur said. “A lot of people have taken a second look at the show. We’ve been really proud of everything we’ve done, but I felt we really got into a groove at the beginning of season two.”
Schur was a co-exec producer on “The Office,” where he won an Emmy as part of the show. He was nommed individually two years in a row as a writer. Schur also appeared on camera as Dwight’s strange Amish-esque cousin, Mose.
Schur and “Office” exec producer Daniels began working on a spinoff. But once Poehler was attached, the project morphed into an entirely new enterprise.
“Parks” is simultaneously wrapping up its second season while breaking stories for season three. Show’s producers are hoping to create as many episodes as possible before Poehler is scheduled to give birth in August; “Parks” will take a production hiatus after that.
Schur is editing an upcoming episode written by Poehler, the first that she’s penned for the show.
She was one of the best sketch writers at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” Schur said. “Getting her to write for us was a no-brainer. It was one of the best first drafts I’ve ever gotten.”
Beyond “The Office,” Schur spent several years on “SNL,” including three years as the producer of “Weekend Update” (during its Tina Fey-Jimmy Fallon era). Schur also served as a writer and co-producer on Lisa Kudrow’s “The Comeback.”
On the feature side, Schur did key production rewrite work on the Steve Carell/Tina Fey feature “Date Night.” Schur, after all, worked closely both with Fey (they shared an office at “SNL”) and Carell (on “Office”).
Deal conceivably comes with a development component at the Peacock, but Schur said the goal is to keep him in place, running “Parks” for many years to come.
“I’m an NBC nerd,” he said. “Every time NBC takes a hit in the press I get angry. They’ve been nothing but good to me. Their notes on scripts are good. This deal is about solidifying this show and me at NBC.”
Next up, Schur has commissioned woodworking hobbyist Offerman — whose real workshop played a prominent role in a recent episode — to build a chest of drawers for his 2-year-old son.