Parks and Rec

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Of the many projects that Hollywood currently has in its mammoth machine the one most “flying under the radar” right now to me, feels like the forthcoming Muppets TV show, set to premiere this Fall on ABC.  These classic Jim Henson characters that many of us grew up with, are getting a modern-makeover in their televised presentation. I’m not referring to their physical appearance, but rather their stylistic approach.  The show will feature a behind-the-scenes style format that could allow the writers to do some truly unique and entertaining things with this “cast.”  Now, we at home get a chance to take a full look at the pitch video that got the series green-lit!

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Picture originally appeared in GQ

He’s not Ron Swanson, he’s better. Actor Nick Offerman has become a cult hero thanks to his proud carnivorism, his love of woodworking, his enviable marriage, and his general gruff and furry way. As I found out though, this humble canoe maker, poet, classically trained actor, musician, and writer is so much more than a poster boy for plaid and brisket — Nick Offerman is a renaissance man.

In the below interview, Offerman and I talk about some of his interests (Tom Waits, baseball, and the insanity of shaving) while also touching on the upcoming season of Parks and Rec (which he compares to corn beef), the possible return of Duke Silver, dealing with nearly getting cancelled, his American Ham tour, fame, and his aversion to modern conveniences and the techno ties that bind. (more…)

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