Just in case you were wondering, there was not a pass revolt staged within the set of Pawnee’s town hall to have Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe off of “Parks and Recreation,” and nor was there an apparent demand for the producers to try to cut costs of a low-rated show. Instead, what we are hearing now about the surprising news of the week is that this was really the case of the stars aligning, and everything happening before we got to a point where someone actually wanted to move on from their career and into something else.
Speaking at the TCA summer press tour today, the NBC show’s executive producer Mike Schur was quick to stress that despite whatever you may be reading right now about the show changing course, this was all about just finding a way to make everyone happy that also worked for the show:
“A reality of the network television game is they’ll always tell you to do impossible things with less and less money. But it wasn’t like, ‘Uh oh, we’ve got to hack away our cast.’ … It felt like maybe [Ann and Chris having a child] is the way they get moved off, into the next phase of their lives on the show.”
We know that Lowe already is going to try and stay put at NBC with a new development deal, and Jones also has some potential work coming up via a production company. Ultimately, we don’t see either party really migrating away from this genre for the rest of their lives.
Without having these two characters as a part of the show, do you think that there is any way that you are going to be as excited to see everything happen? If you do want to read some more “Parks and Recreation” scoop, all you have to do is head on over here.