‘Parks and Recreation’ at PaleyFest: Paul Rudd’s return … and multiple endings?

What’s coming up for Leslie?

For Tuesday night’s panel discussion at the Paley Center for Media (otherwise known as PaleyFest), “Parks and Recreation” was the focus — and after watching this, “New Girl,” and “Community” at the event, we are thinking about petitioning to have this event be all comedies moving forward.

There was really so much grade-A humor during the panel (you can see some of it in the video below), but when it comes to spoiler dishing there were a few highlights:

-Paul Rudd will return in episode 20 as the candidate running against Amy Poehler’s Leslie for the Pawnee City Council — and this episode will be the debate that you have probably heard about so many times already. In an added bonus, this episode was also written and directed by Poehler (who is certainly going to give her character plenty of moments to shine).

-You will find out the winner of the election by the end of the season, but showrunner Mike Schur has already confirmed that there have been two endings shot as a way to keep things suspenseful (and hopefully a secret until the last minute).

-When it comes to guest stars, don’t expect to see Ron Swanson’s ex-wives appear again this season. However, that does not mean that the characters are going to be absent from the show moving forward. Meanwhile, “Glee’s” Mike O’Malley is also going to be turning up in the penultimate episode of the season as a guy who owns some sort of van rental service.

-When it comes to relationships, things are not going to slow down for Leslie and Ben when it comes to storylines. (Poehler said that Adam Scott’s character was the “love of Leslie’s life.”) Meanwhile, Tom and Ann are going to continue to provide more laughs as the show’s comedic (and rather surprising) relationship that formed earlier this season.

-As for the show’s season 5 prospects, Schur is understandably optimistic considering that the ratings have been steadier than some of the other NBC comedies out there. “Community,” “30 Rock,” “Whitney,” “Up All Night,” and “Are You There, Chelsea?” all have scored lower numbers than “Parks” in the ad-friendly 18-49 demographic during this season.

What are you most excited about when it comes to the rest of this season?

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