Parks and Recreation Exclusive: Sean Hayes Is Pawnee-Bound!

Parks and Recreation is slowly working its way through the cast of Will & Grace. The NBC comedy’s latest hire: Sean Hayes!

TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor-producer will guest star in a spring episode that puts the spotlight on Leslie’s (Amy Poehler) campaign for city council.

Spoiler Alert: Look Who’s Playing Leslie’s Political Opponent! 

Hayes will play a revered  TV journalist who the locals refer to affectionately as “the Matt Lauer of Indianapolis.” His character lands a big interview with Leslie, potentially boosting her election prospects. Or not. Rumor has it the high profile chat doesn’t go as smoothly as Leslie would have liked.

Hayes’ former Will & Grace sidekick, Megan Mullally, recurs on Parks and Rec as Ron Swanson’s second ex-wife, Tammy, although their paths are not expected to cross in this particular episode.

As TVLine reported over the summer, the Peacock is currently developing a fresh sitcom vehicle for Hayes, who has kept very busy in recent years as a successful TV producer (Hot in Cleveland, Grimm). He also stars as Larry in the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Three Stooges.

Comments (9)

  • Parks & Rec always well casts their roles. Everyone from the Tammys right down to little three legged pooch, Champion, has felt, at least to me, perfect in their role.

    Comment by Ari – January 17, 2012 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Happyhappyhappy!!! Love Sean Hayes!

    Comment by Linda – January 17, 2012 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sean is a terrific comedic actor.

    Comment by Mary O'Connor – January 17, 2012 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m sure Hayes will make a solid contribution to this stellar comedy.

    Comment by Ben – January 17, 2012 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I honestly wonder how this show could get any better! Love it!!!

    Comment by Spencer – January 17, 2012 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m giddy with anticipation! Terrific news for Sean fans.

    Comment by Kathy – January 17, 2012 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Parks and rec just keeps getting better and better!

    Comment by dot – January 17, 2012 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is he going to play an obviously gay guy who stays in the closet and spits at the gay community, or will this character be a departure from his real life?

    Comment by Skep – January 18, 2012 05:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • poor guy
    how humiliating
    that show is on life support

    Comment by chytnia – January 18, 2012 11:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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