-Rashida Jones and Robe Lowe are both leaving Parks and Recreation. Showrunner Mike Schur explained the decision was creative, not financial, and made sure to mention it’s a happy departure. Here’s a list of 8 Parks and Rec side characters worthy of replacing Jones and Lowe in the main cast.
-Also in Parks and Rec casting news, Sam Elliott will guest star this season as Ron Swanson’s rival.
-After airing exclusively on Fox for twenty-five years, The Simpsons nears a deal for cable syndication.
-Comedy Central is turning Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer’s live show Crash Test into a TV special.
-We interviewed Mitch Hurwitz about Arrested Development, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson about her new web series Annie and a Side of Fries, writer/director Maggie Carey about her new movie The To Do List, and Henry Winkler about his recent resurgence in TV comedies like Parks and Rec, Arrested Development, and Childrens Hospital.
-Ellen DeGeneres announced she will be hosting the 2014 Academy Awards.
-Woody Allen’s forty-third movie, Blue Jasmine, debuted in theaters last week. In honor of this, we compiled our all-time favorite film offerings from the prolific writer/director/actor/comedian.
-The amazing trailer for Ben Stiller’s Secret Life of Walter Mitty debuted, as did the trailer for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, which looks fun too.
-We profiled up-and-coming Brooklyn comedian/writer/actor/producer/web-series-hosts The Lucas Brothers.
-We recapped the most important events from this year’s Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, including Dave Chappelle’s return and an Andy Kindler/Adam Carolla feud.
-NBC wants to keep Jay Leno in the fold after he leaves The Tonight Show (again).
-The New York Knicks forward formerly known as Ron Artest, Metta World Peace, announced he’s doing a standup tour.
-Dan Aykroyd received an amazing intro on his Jimmy Fallon debut, and Larry David made a rare (and super funny) appearance on Kimmel.
-One of the guys behind the “Modern Seinfeld” Twitter account got a TV writing job from it.
And here are your Top Five Web Comedy Videos of the Week:
Dan Klein and Don Fanelli - “New York Car Guys”
The ArScheerio Paul Show (via JASH)
This Is Not Happening - “Tom Segura Overdoses” (via Comedy Central)
The Onion - “Nation Just Wants To Be Safe, Happy, Rich, Comfortable, Entertained At All Times”
Funny Or Die - “The Top 10 Trips You’ll ACTUALLY take in Your 20s”