First Look: Rob Lowe shakes up 'Parks and Recreation'

parks-and-recreationImage Credit: Danny Feld/NBCThe exiting Brothers & Sisters actor joins the NBC comedy next month as one of two state employees (the other being Party Down‘s Adam Scott) brought in to fix Pawnee’s budgetary crisis. Executive producer Michael Schur likens it to “an action movie where the FBI shows up and the local cops say, ‘This is our jurisdiction! And the FBI says, ‘Not anymore!'” But Lowe’s character, Chris Traeger, wins everyone over with his “very optimistic, positive, forward-thinking” attitude, explains Schur, who hints that he “very quickly falls into a romantic entanglement” with one of the locals. “I don’t want to spoil who it is because it’s kind of a surprise.”

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  • Lauren

    God I hate Rob Lowe. If I wasn’t already not watching Parks and Rec, this would be the end.

    • Pat

      I watched the pilot episode of Parks and Rec and figured it wasn’t worth my time. But a friend convinced me a couple of weeks later to give it another try. So give it another try already! The show is terrific.

      • taco

        agreed, the pilot was awful! HOWEVER… since then, this show has gotten better and better, its a must watch now

    • Hannah

      So you’re reading about a guy you hate on a show you’re not watching. You must really just love to post comments

      • kate

        Thanks for saying what we were all thinking :)

      • ainhop

        I couldn’t agree more! If I wasn’t thinking the same already, this would be my guess too ;)

      • bill

        oh, whatev. let her hate rob lowe in peace.

  • Lemon

    I hope it’s Donna. :)

    • Beth

      That would be so hilarious!

    • Jen E.

      Heehee – that’s got my vote too!

    • jbj

      I know I’m bad, but my first guess WAS “Hmm, the ‘fat, black chick’?! But, of course, since Paul is leaving it will probably be ‘the skinny, black chick’.”

  • Tom

    …My vote is Jerry.

  • MomC

    I did not like this show last year. It seemed like a poor hybrid of 30 Rock and The Office. Started watching again recently though, after hearing how much it had turned around. People are right. Give P&R another shot. This show is FUNNY now. Rob Lowe will be a great addition. The smirky way he plays humor will be a great contrast to the sunny optimism of Poehler’s character and the bored detachment or hyperactivity of some others.

  • Elizabeth

    Or Ron Swanson’s ex-wife Tammi?

    if its a ‘surprise’, it won’t be Annie or Leslie.

    Sure hope it isn’t Tom either ;) That’s just too much awesome for one couple.

  • CiCi

    So the guy leaves one of the lamest shows on TV (B&S) and joins THE lamest show on TV (Parks). yeh continue with those great career moves Lowe!

    • JJ

      Lamest shows on TV? Please. But, you know, continue wasting your time posting comments about shows and actors who you think are lame. I do it all the time /sarcasm

    • Matthew Thomas

      So the jobless person who always posts one of the lamest comments has posted THE lamest comment ever. Get back to your garbage disposal job buddy.

  • jrs

    Parks & Rec is one of the funniest shows on TV right now. LOVE it…great characters, well written. But, bringing this douche to the screen is very disappointing

  • Ugly Jenny

    How could people not love Rob Lowe? He’s in the Handsome Mens’ Club!

    • Louise

      Haha! So true!

  • DJRoomba

    Parks is amazing.

  • PNK

    Is Rob Lowe ever not good? I challenge anyone to really identify something that he did not do a good job in. He’ll rock on this, whether the show keeps it all going or not, I’m sure Mr. Lowe will be good.

  • David

    Hmmm…. It’ll be interesting to see how he fits with the cast. After an average innagural season, the 2nd season has had me laughing out loud every episode. VERY entertaining. The chemistry between the cast is great and their interactions are intriguing, so I hope Row fits in well and doesn’t ruin a good thing.

    The mystery romance? I would have guessed Leslie, but I’ll say Anne. She clearly not interested in Mark (the most boring and dull character on the show) and highly doubt she’ll get back with her ex (even though her interest has resurfaced), so maybe it’s Anne…

    I agree with the posts above me, Donna would rock!

    • Allan

      Mark is leaving, so Anne is available.

  • davidlomar

    Rob Lowe why did you decide to join this pathetic attempt of a show???????????Go back to ABC an star on your own drama…I am begging you!!!

    • Matthew Thomas

      This is one of the best comedies on television. But clearly a dumb person like you needs to stick to shows like Brothers and Sisters or Two and a half men.

  • J

    Awesome. Parks & Rec is like a baby girl in the womb stealing the beauty from its mother, The Office.

    • Matthew Thomas

      Except the mother is now old and haggard and the baby is the new beauty in the family.

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    • Marti

      Oh, THAT would be a kick!

  • pw

    Parks and Rec has turned around. The talent was always there but now the wriing is great. RL is a welcome addition. Same happened with Cougar Town- yucky at first and now hilarious.

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