June Diane Raphael Heads to ‘Parks and Recreation’ & NBC Picks Up New Comedy from Tina Fey

By August 14, 2013
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June Diane Raphael and Tina Fey

There are some wild things happening on this season of “Parks and Recreation.” On the sadder side of news, Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, who play Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins on the NBC comedy series, will be leaving the show this season. On a more fun note, one episode will feature the despised Pawnee rival town Eagleton and a bizarro cast of characters who are basically dopplegangers for our favorite parks department.

We reported on Sam Elliott playing the Ron Swanson from the other side of the fence, and the man’s always impressive mustache should make for quite a foe for Nick Offerman. Meanwhile Kristen Bell is the counterpart for Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, and Billy Eichner (aka Billy on the Street) is Donna’s double. Now one more Eagleton enemy has entered the fray.

TV Line has word that NTSF:SD:SUV:: regular, “New Girl” guest star, and “How Did This Get Made?” co-host June Diane Raphael will play opposite Aubrey Plaza’s dry, apathetic April. Executive producer Mike Schur calls Raphael’s character a “rich, boozy, Real Housewives-type.” That doesn’t sound too much like April on the surface, but we’re betting the similarities will shine through in her personality.

Raphael has appeared on a variety of comedy series like “Happy Endings” and “Party Down,” not to mention having a great part in the Emmy-nominated web series “Burning Love.” Her presence on “Parks and Recreation,” even if it’s only for one episode, should be quite enjoyable.

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock

Meanwhile, NBC also has news regarding a developing new series from “30 Rock” creator Tina Fey and her co-showrunner Robert Carlock. Deadline has news that the peacock network has picked up an untitled female-centric workplace comedy from Colleen McGuiness, a writer and producer from “30 Rock,” with Fey and Carlock acting as executive producers. McGuiness is part of the reason the series earned a WGA nomination after she joined the series for season 6, so she has skills on the page.

Leaps and bounds different from the aforementioned comedy series, which landed 13 Emmy nominations this year, this new series would follow a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father as she finds a new home and family on Fire Island. The project is the first in a new four-year deal that Fey’s Little Stranger production banner has at Universal Television, and it sounds like there’s a lot of potential for NBC to keep their comedy block strong as long as Fey is sticking around and bringing powerful female characters to the small screen. We’ll keep an eye on this new series as it develops. Interested?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.