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Everyone rejoiced when Community returned to NBC's Thursday night schedule. And rightfully so, the sitcom from Dan Harmon is one of the most special series on television, especially when it comes to the often stale genre of small-screen comedy. Lost in the celebration, was an equally devastating move. There were some outcries when Parks and Recreation was pulled to allow the return of the cult favorite but hardly the same clamor that came with the Community hiatus.
Well, both of the hiatuses (hiati?) are over and, by some miracle, the network's two best comedies are finally set to once again air on the same night. Even if the ratings aren't as strong as the old days, with Parks and Recreation back in the line-up, NBC is truly back to broadcasting 'Must-See Thursdays.' This week is the return of P&R, marking the first of four episodes leading up to the season finale and, of course, the impending Pawnee election. And for the first show back from their hiatus, the series has brought a great guest star with them. Take a look at a clip from the episode called "Live Ammo" and featuring a 'walk and talk' with Bradley Whitford.
The episode's title, "Live Ammo," was taken from Aaron Sorkin's West Wing - starring Whitford and P&R's Rob Lowe - and the political drama often featured this now signature Sorkin shot called the 'walk and talk' (even though Woody Allen has been walking and talking around New York for decades). Sadly, Josh Lyman and Sam Seaborn... sorry, Whitford and Lowe won't be featured together during this Thursday's show as the latter's Chris Traeger is off at a meditation centre with the Ron Swanson and Whitford plays a Councilman in Pawnee planning to cut the Parks Department's budget. How they could cast Whitford in a guest spot and not put him in a scene with Lowe is beyond me but maybe they have something else up their sleeve?
Oh, and as much as I enjoyed the homage to The West Wing in the Parks and Recreation clip with Amy Poelher's Leslie and Whitford's Councilman Pillner, I couldn't help but think how the joke has already been done by Poehler's close friend and fellow SNL alum, Tina Fey on her NBC sitcom 30 Rock. And not only was Fey's show the first to do the parody, they managed to bring in the Aaron Sorkin himself to pull it off.
Parks and Recreation returns with "Live Ammo" Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC. It stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott and Rob Lowe. It was created by Michael Schur and Greg Daniels.