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.

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  1. Ari says:

    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.

  2. Linda says:

    Happyhappyhappy!!! Love Sean Hayes!

  3. Mary O'Connor says:

    Sean is a terrific comedic actor.

  4. Ben says:

    I’m sure Hayes will make a solid contribution to this stellar comedy.

  5. Spencer says:

    I honestly wonder how this show could get any better! Love it!!!

  6. Kathy says:

    I’m giddy with anticipation! Terrific news for Sean fans.

  7. dot says:

    Parks and rec just keeps getting better and better!

  8. Skep says:

    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?

  9. chytnia says:

    poor guy
    how humiliating
    that show is on life support