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Parks And Recreation - Season 4

With Ben Wyatt's encouragement, Leslie Knope decides to run for city council, and the two end their relationship. Leslie hires Andy Dwyer as her assistant. Patricia Clarkson appears as Ron Swanson's first ex-wife, Tammy 1, who uses her power as an IRS employee to audit Ron and temporarily takes complete control over his life. Tom Haverford and Jean-Ralphio Saperstein's company, Entertainment 720, quickly blows through massive amounts of promotional funding while performing little actual work; the company goes out of business and Tom returns to his old job. After struggling to move on both personally and professionally, Ben and Leslie get back together, and Ben sacrifices his job to save Leslie from losing hers. The scandal leads her political advisers to abandon Leslie's campaign, and the parks department volunteers to become her new campaign staff. Ben agrees to be Leslie's campaign manager. Leslie's ex-boyfriend Dave Sanderson reappears and unsuccessfully attempts to win Leslie back. Leslie's campaign faces myriad setbacks against her main opponent, Bobby Newport, and his famous campaign manager Jennifer Barkley. Ann Perkins and Tom begin an extremely rocky romantic relationship. April Ludgate takes on more responsibility and is eventually given Leslie's old job. In the season finale, Jennifer offers Ben a job in Washington, which he reluctantly accepts, and after the race is initially called for Newport, Leslie wins the position in a recount.

Parks and Recreation - Season 4

All of the regular cast members, including Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins, Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich, Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Retta as Donna Meagle, Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, and Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger, returned for the fourth season.

At the March 2012 PaleyFest, series co-creator Michael Schur revealed that three different season endings were filmed because "we want to make sure that the one we are choosing is the right [one] and we reserve the right to change our minds and also partly just to confuse people," he said, adding that "there may be a last-minute switch".

Parks and Recreation, like The Office, suffered a decline in ratings during the fourth season. While Parks outperformed 30 Rock, it wasn't by much. The show pulled in between 3 and 4 million viewers per episode. It was announced that the show would be renewed for a fifth season, although it will be a shorter one.

"With a cast as ostensibly close-knit and in-tune as these actors are, season four of Parks and Recreation illustrates just how far the series has come from its mediocre beginnings, and could very well take it to even greater, and funnier, places" said Mike Lechevallier from Slant Magazine while describing season 4 of Parks and Recreation.

Co-creator and executive producer Michael Schur expressed worries, but also was optimistic, about the possibility of the show being renewed for a fourth season, as did the cast members. "We've never really quite known that far ahead of time what was going to happen," said Amy Poehler. "And because of it, we've had to kind of just keep our heads down and do the show. The support we got...was so incredible and it made such a difference I think in the path of the show and I really think personally and in our lives and how we did our work. We're so indebted to when we weren't around on the air that people noticed and they cared. It made a huge difference for us. .. We've never, ever been able to fully be able to super exhale, but I think that this is the beginning of us being around for hopefully a long time."

"The Debate" was submitted for Parks and Recreation's Emmy submission package for season four. However, the show didn't receive a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, which caused some people to feel the show was snubbed. Others also felt Nick Offerman shouldn't have been omitted from the Emmys list. He was supposed to read the nominations but was sidelined by travel-related delays and Jimmy Kimmel filled in.

The fourth season of Parks and Recreation originally aired in the United States on the NBC television network, and began on September 22, 2011, and ended on May 8, 2012. The season contained 22 episodes. It stars Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe, with supporting performances from Jim O'Heir and Retta.

As with past seasons, it focuses on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her staff at the parks and recreation department of the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. However, this season features an overarching story arc, beginning in the first episode and culminating in the finale, where Leslie runs for the city council of Pawnee.

Like the two previous seasons, the fourth season of Parks and Recreation received highly positive reviews. The show's fourth season holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[41] Alan Sepinwall of HitFix said the fourth season was "funny and touching in all the best Parks and Rec ways."[42] Some of the more critically acclaimed episodes of the season included "The Debate" and "Win, Lose, or Draw". Matt Fowler of IGN said in regard to the finale that "Parks and Recreation continues its streak of leaving a season on a strong note with "Win, Lose or Draw" - an episode that hit the right spots comedically while also, you know, sneaking up on me emotionally."[43] The fourth season also received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations; Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Amy Poehler, and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the episodes "The Debate" (also for Poehler) and "Win, Lose, or Draw" for Michael Schur.[44]

At the March 2012 PaleyFest, series co-creator Michael Schur revealed that three different season endings were filmed because "we want to make sure that the one we are choosing is the right [one] and we reserve the right to change our minds and also partly just to confuse people," he said, adding that "there may be a last-minute switch".[45]

Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live Parks and Recreation) returns for the fourth season of Parks and Recreation. The ever-enthusiastic Leslie Knope (Poehler) has her sights set on the City Council but political campaigns are never easy - Leslie must deal with shady journalists a deep-pocketed opponent (guest star Paul Rudd) bus accidents and even a still-smitten old flame in her quest to serve her beloved hometown. With guest stars including Rudd (Knocked Up) Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Louis C.K. (Louie). Catch all 22 episodes uninterrupted and commercial free from Primetime Emmy Award winners Greg Daniels (The Office The Simpsons) and Michael Schur (The Office Saturday Night Live).This is a must have for true Parks and Recreation fans! Binge watch all of your favorite episodes as many times as you want.

Winter FunDid you get a new sled this year? Do you enjoy being outdoors during the winter months? Then grab your sled and head on over to Plymouth Township Park for some Winter fun! During the Winter season the Park offers sledding depending on the weather.

Additional ParksAlthough the Township Park is the largest park, we also have the Lake Pointe Soccer Park located on Haggerty Road between Five Mile and Schoolcraft Roads. This premier soccer park houses two irrigated soccer fields, a shelter available for reservation and a playground area. For those of you in the Lake Pointe and Robinson Subdivision areas we have smaller, neighborhood walk-in parks; Brentwood Park, located on Brentwood Drive in the Lake Pointe Subdivision and Miller Family park, located on Ann Arbor Trail in the Robinson Subdivision. They have large play areas including swings and lawn areas.

When Parks and Recreation was originally in development, in the fall of 2008 for its midseason premiere in 2009, it wasn't just dubbed an Office clone because of similarities in style and tone: creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur were explicitly drafted by then-NBC president Ben Silverman to create a spin-off of the network's top comedy. They did not, but because of that expectation, Parks was initially compared unfavorably to its Thursday night companion show, and struggled somewhat in early episodes to find its own comedic voice and identity.

That history is fun to revisit now, as Parks enters its fifth season, because it has so handily surpassed its predecessor in terms of quality and quantity of laughs; as The Office floundered in its first fully Carrel-less season, Parks and Rec had its best year to date, continuing to bounce its characters off of each other in inventive combinations while creating an ambitious season-long arc that generates big (and well-timed, considering what's going on this year) laughs.

As before (see our previous reviews of seasons one, two, and three), the show's primary focus is Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a perky, ambitious, can-do type who serves as deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department for Pawnee, Indiana. The series began as a showcase for Saturday Night Live star Poehler, but quickly widened its scope to one of television's funniest ensembles: Nick Offerman as gruff libertarian (and Leslie's boss) Ron Swanson; wry Aubrey Plaza as his assistant April Ludgate; Chris Pratt as April's gregarious (and none too bright) husband Andy; Aziz Ansari as smooth-talking would-be power broker Tom Haverford; Rob Lowe as upbeat health nut city manager Chris Traeger; Rashida Jones as Leslie's best friend (and Chris's ex) Ann Perkins; Retta as no-nonsense department employee Donna; and Jim O'Heir as the eternally put-upon Jerry.

The primary supporting character of focus in season four, however, is Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), added to the series late in the second year, and half of a "will they or won't they" potential romance with Leslie in season three. Their romance makes complicated the season's other story of interest: Leslie's run for a Pawnee city council seat, which allows the show to engage in some of its most direct (and biting) political satire to date. This kind of thing is easy to do badly, or too specifically, alienating viewers and scoring easy points. To their credit, Parks' talented writing staff send up both current events--most memorably the "birther" movement and Obama's bowling trouble during the 2008 campaign-- and eternal political questions with wit and finesse. And it finds a good target in Leslie's opponent, rich kid Bobby Newport (a wonderfully dense Paul Rudd), who can pretty much stand in for the spectacularly unqualified candidate of your choice. 041b061a72


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