TVLine Items: Ben Schwartz Returns to Parks! Plus: Watch the Last Resort Pilot Now and More

Parks and Recreation Ben SchwartzPawnee’s (wannabe) resident baller is back!

TVLine has learned that Ben Schwartz will return to Parks and Recreation this fall, reprising his role as Tom’s uniquely-coiffed partner in crime, Jean-Ralphio.

Schwartz — who also currently co-stars in Showtime’s House of Lies — is slated to appear in the Nov. 1 episode of the NBC comedy, and he may show up again in other Season 5 episodes.

Parks and Recreation launches Thursday, Sept. 20.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• ABC’s new submarine-based thriller Last Resort doesn’t bow until Thursday, Sept. 27, but you can watch the full pilot episode now, courtesy of Yahoo. Press PLAY below to watch Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, among others, in action.

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• WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered a heart attack Monday during a live broadcast of Raw. The 62-year-old — who acts as commentator on the weekly series and also steps back into the ring from time to time, as he did Monday night — collapsed ringside during a match and was taken to a Montreal-area hospital, where he is now said to be stable and breathing on his own. “We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future,” the WWE said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Jerry and his family.”

• Merlin actor Tom Hopper has joined Black Sails, Starz’s new eight-episode series from exec producer Michael Bay, Deadline reports. Set two decades before Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, the drama centers on Captain Flint and his men aboard the Walrus, with Hopper playing the first mate.

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  1. Totally watching the buzzy show in a bit. I wish more pilots would get put online legally like this.

  2. Delirious says:

    Dunno if there are many more wrestling fans around here, but just in case, wrestling news sites are saying that, according to former wrestler and ex-gf of the King, apparently Lawler underwent heart surgery earlier today, having a stint and a balloon put in… And the spirits are high, since it’s too early to tell, too soon after the surgery.

  3. Amy says:

    Jean-Ralphio! So glad to hear the world’s best rhymer will be back!

  4. nick1372 says:

    I’m lost for words after watching Last Resort’s premiere. It’s so FREAKIN AWESOME!!! I can’t wait for the next episode!!!