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Parks and Recreation: Meet Ben's Parents!

And you thought Ron Swanson was gruff…

Jonathan Banks, who played curmudgeonly meth leg man Mike on AMC’s Breaking Bad, will guest-star on Parks and Recreation’s Season 5 as the father of Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott), HitFix reports.

Parks co-creator Michael Schur tells the site that Banks’ Parks and Rec character, like his Albuquerque alter ego, is less-than-cuddly. And that may be because the sitcom’s writers, according to Schur, are huge fans of the actor’s Bad work.

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If Ben’s dad is anything like Mike, he won’t have much use for his son’s significant other – admit it, Leslie and Breaking Bad’s Lydia have a lot in common. But on the other hand, if Ms. Knope’s new nemesis turns into a real nuisance, it might be nice to have someone Ehrmantraut-esque around, no?

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Someone who will hit it off with Leslie is Ben’s mom Julia, played by Glenne Headly (ER, Grey’s Anatomy), TVGuide.com reports. But she won’t be too excited to run into Banks’ Steve, who arrives with a younger woman in tow.

Banks – whose other TV credits include CSI: Miami, Modern Family and Castle – and Headly are tentatively scheduled to show up in the sixth episode of the NBC comedy’s upcoming season, which premieres Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9:30/8:30c.

Comments (9)

  • Yeeeeeeeeesssssss!

    Comment by Sam – September 12, 2012 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s Michael Schur. Also, I cannot wait 8 more days!

    Comment by Chrissy – September 12, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anywhere I get to see no-nonsense Mike on TV is cool with me.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – September 12, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome!

    Comment by Thari – September 12, 2012 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Giancarlo Esposito on Community, Bryan Cranston on 30 Rock, and now Jonathan Banks on Parks and Recreation. Any guesses as to which NBC comedy Aaron Paul will guest star in?

    Comment by Superhero – September 12, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Whitney.

      Comment by darcywilson – September 12, 2012 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So in love with this casting. I heart P&R and Jonathan Banks.

    Comment by Eliza – September 12, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loving the choices of Jonathan Banks and Glenn Headley! I love this show to pieces.

    Comment by Laura – September 12, 2012 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, Glenne Headley is great! Really love it whenever she turns up in something, which is far too rarely.

    Comment by ben – September 12, 2012 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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