Parks and Recreation - Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger

This is literally the worst news we’ve heard about Parks & Recreation in quite some time. Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, who play “beautiful, naive, sophisticated newborn baby” Ann Perkins and “finely tuned microchip” Chris Traeger, respectively, are set to leave the NBC comedy during its upcoming sixth season. Hit the jump to find out when they’ll make their last appearances.

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Patton Oswalt on Parks and Recreation

Star Wars Episode VII already has a writer in Michael Arndt, but on this week’s Parks & Recreation Patton Oswalt will make a good case for ditching Arndt and turning the scripting duties over to him instead.

In the episode, the comedian-writer plays a Pawnee citizen attempting to filibuster a city council vote. To fill the time, he improvises an epic eight-minute speech outlining exactly what he thinks Star Wars Episode VII should be. Somehow we can’t really imagine Ardnt and JJ Abrams signing off on the idea of a robot-spider-bodied Chewbacca, but until the movie comes out we can dream. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Like the last couple of TV Bits, this one is also chock full of casting news. Also after the jump:

  • Downton Abbey adds a new series regular
  • Patton Oswalt will stop by Parks & Recreation
  • The Newsroom‘s version of Team Romney expands
  • Michael C. Hall might be done with TV after Dexter
  • Chris Lilley‘s new show starts shooting in Melbourne
  • FX renews The Americans for a second season
  • Are Mindy Project and New Girl moving to Thursdays?
  • Watch four deleted scenes from Game of Thrones
  • … and find out when we’ll get the Season 3 trailer

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Today’s TV Bits comes with the caveat that none of this applies if the world actually ends on 12/21/12. After the jump:

  • Black Dynamite, Catfish, The League, and Psych get renewed
  • Cinemax sets a January premiere date for Alan Ball‘s Banshee
  • Game of Thrones gets more screen time and its own beer
  • Jason Schwartzman and Jenny Slate head to Parks & Rec
  • Rose McGowan is Once Upon a Time‘s young Barbara Hershey
  • Amazon Studios orders pilots from Kristen SchaalGarry Trudeau, and more
  • The premiere episode of NBC’s 1600 Penn hits the web

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This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.

But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of  the big surprises.

The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »

It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:

  • Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
  • ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011′s political soap The Kennedys
  • Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
  • Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
  • Watch the trailer for the spy drama  The Americans, starring Keri Russell
  • Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
  • The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
  • The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around

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Some quick TV hits for you after the jump, including:

  • Bates Motel adds Max Thieriot as a big brother to Norman
  • Jeff Garlin will also return to Arrested Development
  • FX getting sued for copyright infringement over The League
  • Parks & Recreation looks funny as ever in Season 5 trailer
  • Watch an 18-minute blooper reel for Seasons 2-7 of The Office

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Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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