As "Parks and Rec" fans know, that gives Swanson (Nick Offerman),
the director of the parks and recreation department in Pawnee, Ind.,
another year to pursue his dual loves: Dark-haired women and breakfast
Surprise, early pickup came as NBC looked to lock in actors'
schedules for "Parks and Rec." The comedy pulls relatively low numbers
on Thursday — averaging a 2.3 rating and 6 share among adults 18-49 —
but has earned critical raves this season, as the show has settled into
a creative groove.
Great news for "Parks and Rec" exec producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur. "Parks and Rec" had an unusual launch: Daniels and Schur were originally tasked to produce a spinoff to "The Office" — but changed course after snagging Poehler for a show. Then, production was delayed in order to accomodate Poehler's pregnancy.
As the show found its way, reviews were mixed in season one. But critics came around in season two — with several scribes including the show on their "best of 2009" lists.
"When I announced
the season 3 pick-up, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) literally ripped his
shirt off. Buttons went everywhere. It was amazing," quipped Schur via his Twitter account.
Perhaps this calls for a celebration at Jurassic Fork (as played by Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles).