TVLine Items: The Fonz Plays Uncle on Parks and Rec, Kirstie and Travolta Reunited & More

henry-winkler-300Parks and Recreation fans, say heyyy to the show’s newest guest star.

Henry Winkler, best known for playing “The Fonz” on Happy Days, is slated for a guest appearance on the NBC comedy’s Season 6 premiere, per The Hollywood Reporter. Winkler will play Jean-Ralphio’s father, who will potentially return in future episodes.

It was previously announced that Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) will also guest-star in the upcoming season.

Winkler’s recent TV work includes a recurring role on USA Network’s Royal Pains.

Parks returns with an hour-long episode on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c.

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• Kirstie Alley will reunite with Look Who’s Talking co-star John Travolta on her upcoming TV Land sitcom Kirstie, reports. Travolta is slated to play a stagehand for Alley’s Madison Banks, a Broadway star who is suddenly reunited with the son she gave up at birth.

• The Season 4 premiere of A&E’s Duck Dynasty will air Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 10/9c.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia‘s 10th season might not be its last, after all. Star Glenn Howerton took to Twitter to clarify a quote in Rolling Stone magazine that said the cast is only signed on for 10 seasons. “[We] may do more,” he said. Season 9 of the comedy series bows Sept. 4 on FX’s new offshoot, FXX.

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Top Chef Masters judge Gail Simmons will play herself on an upcoming episode of Royal Pains, reports.

• Luke Roberts (BBC One’s Holby City) and Katie Boland (The Zack Files) have been tapped for recurring roles on The CW’s upcoming drama Reign, which premieres on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 9/8c, per

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Comments (13)

  • For some reason reading ‘Gail Simmons will be playing herself on Royal Pains’ really made me laugh.

    Comment by Et al – July 24, 2013 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As i said elsewhere,

    When he (Travolta) first appears, will everyone sing:

    Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out
    Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about
    Well, the names have all changed since you hung around
    But those dreams have remained and they’ve turned around……


    Comment by Scott Johnston – July 24, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amazing casting for P&R. Henry Winkler will be perfect for the role.

    Comment by Austin – July 24, 2013 12:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Guessing Winkler’s character will be the person that has brought the shop opposite Rent-A-Swag then (possible for Jean-Ralphio).

    Comment by Ashley – July 24, 2013 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is my guess as well!

      Comment by Elizabeth – July 24, 2013 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Brilliant guess! Love it!

        Comment by Spencer – July 24, 2013 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Need more Henry Winkler! He was great on AD season 4!

    Comment by John – July 24, 2013 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I DETEST Jean-Ralphio – worst character on PARKS and he ruins the show for me every time he’s on screen! Egad!

      Comment by Brock – July 24, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lolz, really? I freaking love Jean Ralphio. He’s like the douchey idiot that everybody knows and can’t stand to be around for more than 5 minutes. The biggest mistake would be making him appear more often, but when he just pops up randomly for a few minutes in a handful of episodes, it’s pure gold.

        Comment by Anna – July 24, 2013 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought you wanted me to call you Daddy.

    Comment by Louise – July 24, 2013 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOVE Jean-Ralphio with a passion. I scream every time he guest stars cause I’m so happy. I also love Mona-Lisa. She was classic this past season. Any addition to their family can only bring me joy, plus Henry Winkler has impeccable comedic timing, so his guest spot news on Parks and Rec is brilliant.

    Comment by rachelle – July 24, 2013 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVE John Travolta, but my dislike for kirstie is greater. even he can’t get me to watch her

    Comment by Leah – July 25, 2013 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I can do without monkey face and liver lips.

      Comment by JCK – July 25, 2013 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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