Yesterday, The Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2012 took place in Beverly Hills, California, and during the event Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope) and Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer) joined up with executive producer Mike Schur to dish out some great new Parks and Recreation deets.
One of the biggest surprises was that Schur didn’t know whether Leslie would end up on city council by the end of the season or not. “We shot two endings [for the election]. Partly to hedge our bets in case we change our minds and partly to throw snoopers off,” he explained (via TV Line). Poehler said, ‘It was really touching and moving to do both the acceptance and the concession speeches.”
TV Guide has a few more bullet points from the event. Here are a few of our favorite parcels of info:
1. Knope and Newport aren’t the only names on the ticket. Up until now, the race for Pawnee City Council has been focused squarely on Leslie and the heir to the Sweetums throne. But Episode 20, written and directed by Poehler, will focus completely on the debate between the five — yes, five — candidates. Also in the running are a porn star, an animal lover and a gun advocate named Fester Trimm, played by Friday Night Lights‘ Brad Leland. Look for another politician to show up — Glee‘s fictional Ohio congressman Burt Hummell (aka Mike O’Malley) — who will play the owner of a “crummy van rental place,” Schur said.
2. Ben and Leslie are built to last! Executive producer Mike Schur said that the original plan for the show formerly known as The Education of Leslie Knope was to give Leslie a series of significant relationships, with her moving from boyfriend to boyfriend. However, once Ben and Leslie got together, Schur knew, “Oh, God. We can’t break them up.” Added Poehler: “Ben is the love of Leslie’s life.”
3. But Tom and Ann are not. The show’s producers are well aware that not everyone is rooting for Pawnee’s new odd couple to beat the odds. “Some people don’t like it and some people do. I think it’s just funny and that it’s worth doing,” producer Dean Holland said. “Tom’s charming and then he screws up and then they break up. That’s the purpose of it — [it’s] this pure comedy relationship that should never get more involved than that.”
Head to TV Guide for the full report.
Gotta love these new developments! Are you on Team Knope 2012?