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:
Why is this show even on?
Seems like EVERY show starring SNL alums is completely retarded.
You all know there is a real town named Pawnee in South Texas. Have not seen the show, but it cannot be as good as the real thing.
Parks and Recreation is one of the most consistently funny TV comedies on the air today.
Ed may be a retard.
But that puts him miles ahead of Portal Potty and the idiot-Traci.
Personally I love it I always recommendedit to frinds and family I think Amy poehler should of won the emmy they robed her I mean it that's talent to make this type of show funny I only have good things to say about this show its my favorite! I love ben and Leslie!
Sadie, Ed is tongue-in-cheek. C'mon. Parody show = parody comments.
I agree with you ed. This pro India show makes it seem ok to outsource our jobs. This is not a comedy. It is a realistic portrayal of how our economy is being decimated by the country of India.
It should be banned from tv. All of us Occupy Wallstreet dudes need to protest and boycott this anti us show.
No way hoesay ! You are all nasty trolls ! I bet you are indians too. The very worst kind – the native american ones from INDIA. This si a devil worshiping show that glamourizes people from India.
Not to mention Ed, you used the "unAmerican" way of spelling "glamorize."
Lol Ed...you know nothing about anything, do you? Native American Indians are not the same thing as Indians from India
Parks & Rec is a great show, I wish more people watched it. It definitely deserved the Best Comedy Emmy over Modern Family, even though I also love MF. Rooting for some good nominations at the Golden Globes next year!
ed, your attempt at humor and/or political discourse and/or trolling is so lame that you have scared away all the other commenters.
Pawnee is an indian name and all our jobs are being outsourced to INDIA! We need to band together in unity and protest this show. Shows that glamourize people from India are unAmerican.
You have your Indians mixed up; Pawnee is an American Native or Indian name and Indians from India are totally different kinds of Indians.
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