October 13th, 2011
04:35 PM ET
If you watched last Thursday’s episode of “Parks and Recreation,” you saw the release of Leslie Knope’s complete guide to Pawnee called “Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America.”
We wanted to chat with Knope herself about this extensive text on Pawnee's history and the sites to see, but she wasn't available. So, we went with "Parks and Rec" co-creator Michael Schur.
Schur explained that writing a book about Pawnee "seemed like a natural fit," since they have "a lot of back-stories for different aspects of the town that we don’t have time to put in the episodes."
The basic idea behind it "is to show how much the character really truly loves the town,” he added. “There’s a lot of hometown pride, more than most people probably have.”
So the “Parks and Recreation” creative team put together all the information and art they had on Pawnee from the series. The book is divided into sections, some of which are on the Pawnee government and what entertainment venues are available - such as the lot behind Ann Perkins’ house. Some of the cast members, like Nick Offerman and Ben Schwartz, wrote some of the text for their own characters.
After doing so much exhaustive research, they wound up with future storylines. “Some things that came right out of the book led directly to episodes of the show,” he said. “It definitely helped shape the season.”
So can we expect to see the heir of “Kernston’s Rubber Nipples” to show up? It's a possibility.
The book really is a funny read, but if I had to pick the top five things I LOL'ed at in this book, these are it:
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