‘Parks and Recreation’ Final Season Returning Paul Rudd to Regular Size
‘Parks and Recreation’s seventh and final season will have a short victory lap in the manner that NBC has chosen to burn off its 13 episodes, but our final days in Pawnee will at least be full of familiar faces. Fresh off the ‘Ant-Man’ set, Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Sweetums magnate Bobby Newport, but what brings the character back to ‘Parks and Recreation’'s final year, you ask?
Per Entertainment Weekly, Rudd will reprise his role as Newport for two episodes of the final ‘Parks’ season (presumably with Chris Pratt buffness, having filmed in between ‘Ant-Man’ shoots). Executive producer Mike Schur also opened up to explain the no-brainer decision of Rudd’s return, and where we’ll find Bobby Newport in 2017 Pawnee:
[Paul]’s the world’s nicest human being—and the funniest. We made a list of all the people that we wanted to have back and he was high on the list, so we managed to snag him…Ben [Adam Scott] needs to fill a certain position and he thinks that Bobby might be a good candidate.
Along with the previously announced returns of ‘Mad Men’’s Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones to the fold, ‘Parks and Recreation’’s seventh and final season will also see Nick Offerman’s real-life wife Megan Mullally putting in another appearance as Ron’s ex Tammy 2, reviving an aborted season 6 plot that saw the trouble-making librarian coupled with Leslie’s nemesis Councilman Jamm (Jon Glaser). Additionally, Natalie Morales will reprise her role for multiple episodes as Tom’s ex Lucy, having not been seen since the second season, while Werner Herzog will also put in an appearance, for some reason.
The final season of ‘Parks and Recreation’ will premiere with two new episodes on January 13, but in the meantime, check out the latest trailer below, and tell us what you want to see from our final year in Pawnee!