Mike Schur must be working overtime to improve some of his skills as a scheduling wizard, at least based on just how much he is being forced to do right now when it comes to shifting around the schedules for many “Parks and Recreation” actors.
You’ve known for a little while now about the sad departures of both Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones from the show, and we hate to be the bearer of bad news; however, you do have to also prepare now for the realization that you are also not going to be seeing very much of Chris Pratt’s Andy for a good chunk of the season courtesy of his movie work in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (otherwise known as that project that he got ridiculously ripped in order to make).
Luckily, Schur tells Entertainment Weekly that there is already a handy plan in place to try and ensure that it appear as though Andy is not just gone for a gaping chunk of the season without reason:
“He’s back for good in episode 9 or 10, I’m not sure. And in the middle we’re going to grab him for one episode and maybe more. So hopefully it won’t just feel like he’s gone. We’re parsing out his appearances over the first nine or ten episodes.”
As for how the show is dealing with his absence, it appears that at least part of the plan is going to be just injecting some other new blood into the mix courtesy of the Eagleton counterparts, and there will also be the inclusion of larger roles for such people as Donna and Tom, even if Tom already had a pretty big role in the first place.
So long as this show still does have some of the actors that is does on the cast, though, we have a feeling that the Pawnee Parks Department will still end up being just fine.