Last night the cast and producers of Parks and Recreation came together at the TV Academy in Los Angeles to catch up (they are currently on hiatus) over a screening and Q&A. But for Mike Schur and his writing staff, it was just another day at the office. Literally. Yesterday marked the first day the writers sat down to break stories for season four. So while we got to talk with a number of the actors about what they want to see happen, Schur was there to set the record straight on what actually might happen.
On Tom’s future:
Actor Point: “I would love to see a little bit of Entertainment 720 and how that plays out … I think it would be pretty funny to stay in that world for a little bit.” – Aziz Ansari.
Schur’s Counterpoint: “I believe if you have a big move in a season finale, like [Tom]’s off to start a new job, then you shouldn’t just pretend like it never happened and had the whole thing blown up, so I imagine there will be some amount of time spent in the offices of Entertainment 720.”
On Leslie’s run for mayor:
Actor Point: “Well, we don’t know what she’s– mayor was one option. I think it’s tough; she’s going to have to make some big decisions and she’s going to have to figure out if she’s happy where she is and if she wants to continue. It’s that thing of when you get what you’ve always wanted, are you happy?” – Amy Poehler.
Schur’s Counterpoint: “Maybe. Or City Council … I think the fun of it will be she’s incredibly passionate; she’s incredibly smart; she’s incredibly good at her job — but she’s heading into an arena where interesting, passionate people who are good at their jobs often get discarded.”
On Leslie and Ben moving forward as a couple:
Actor Point: “I think it’s a strong relationship. Who knows if it can last through the kind of tumultuous work situation. That’s the big question because these are two people who are really, really passionate about their jobs, and so they have a big choice ahead of them: job or relationship … I know that the two characters are very happy together, so I want them to be happy because they’re both very sweet characters, especially Leslie.” – Adam Scott.
Schur’s Counterpoint: “I think that she’s a little bit caught in this odd position for a woman who’s a feminist and who’s ambitious that she’s presented with an odd dilemma between her relationship and her career, and she’ll have to figure out how to maneuver as so many women do.”
For more season four teases, check out the video chat with Schur to the left!
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