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It’s Official: Parks and Rec Heads to Washington – Which Real-Life Politicians Will Appear?

Parks and Recreation’s Ben and Leslie are about to rub elbows with some real power players. (No offense, Ron Swanson.)

As we first told you a few weeks ago, some of the NBC comedy’s forthcoming fifth season will take place in Washington, D.C. We can now add that U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (California), John McCain (Arizona) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) will play themselves when they appear at a D.C. cocktail party attended by Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Amy Poehler).

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In a twist at the end of Parks’ Season 4, political strategist Ben accepted a position with a national campaign – a career boost for him but a possible sticking point in his and Leslie’s love story.

While we can’t see Ms. Knope packing it up and leaving Pawnee for good, our original intel was that Ben’s Washington stint might last a while – and as such, the show planned to go on location to shoot footage that could be used in the Sept. 20 opener and beyond. The D.C.-shot, senator-stuffed episode is slated to air Sept. 27; who knows what other Beltway bounty Ben’s new gig will bring?

Comments (7)

  • They were filming just three blocks away from me and I just about had a heart attack. I wasn’t able to run over, so that, coupled with the EGREGIOUS Emmy snub, made me super sad.

    Comment by Jessie – July 19, 2012 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A friend told me he saw Amy and Adam filming with Vice President Biden at the OEOB this morning.

    Comment by S – July 19, 2012 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • omg, if that’s true, than I can’t wait for the Amy/Biden scenes! awkward hilarity for sure!!!

      Comment by jess – July 20, 2012 05:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had to google Olympia Snowe for her super-cool name.

    Comment by Kalee – July 19, 2012 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How great would it be if Leslie got to meet Joe Biden?

    Comment by Leah – July 19, 2012 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are they still filming here?

    Comment by McGee – July 19, 2012 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ben should be back in Pawnee by November. He accepted the post in May and it was said to be six months long. Don’t stretch it out, Parks writers. We need Ben back in Pawnee!

    Comment by SJ – July 20, 2012 01:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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