Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones Are Leaving ‘Parks and Recreation’

By July 31, 2013

Parks and Recreation - Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe

Just after receiving the fun news of Sam Elliott playing Nick Offerman’s Eagleton doppleganger in a sixth season episode of “Parks and Recreation” this October, fans might disappointed to hear of two series regulars leaving the show this season.

BuzzFeed first reported (with confirmation from THR) that Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones, who play Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins on the NBC comedy series, will be leaving the show in the middle of this upcoming season. Though on some level this is surprising, on another level, these two characters were last seen getting back together in the midst of having a baby together, so a move out of Pawnee and back to Traeger’s home of Indianapolis might be in order.

Of course, this is still sad since Jones has been on the show as a best friend to Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) since the first season, and Lowe, originally joining the second season as a recurring guest star before becoming a series regular along with Adam Scott, has been an energetic and entertaining presence on the show. The two characters will be leaving in the 13th episode of the sixth season, which means it will likely occur during February sweeps. We assume Leslie Knope will not take this news well.

Parks and Recreation - Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler

Could this be a sign that “Parks and Recreation” might be looking to end after this season? Getting rid of two major characters in the middle of the sixth season seems like a surprising twist, but it would make sense if the show felt like a farewell was in order at the end of the season.

Here’s hoping Chris and Ann leave the series with a happy ending. We can’t imagine the writers bringing a tragedy like the death of two characters to Pawnee. (It’s a comedy series after all.) As for real life, Jones will be busy with a development deal with Warner Bros. Television with her Celeste & Jesse Forever co-writer, Will McCormack. Meanwhile, Lowe is playing John F. Kennedy in an adaptation of the Bill O’Reilly book Killing Kennedy on Nat Geo.

“Parks and Recreation” returns on September 26th with an hour-long season premiere that was largely filmed in London to accommodate Chris Pratt and his England-based shooting schedule for Guardians of the Galaxy (discussed in our last “Parks and Recreation” update).

Will you be sad to see Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe leave “Parks and Recreation” this season?

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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.