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Parks and Rec Exclusive: Meet Leslie's Nemesis!

Parks and Recreation Jon Glaser Leslie Knope’s plum new city council gig comes with one major drawback: a nemesis.

TVLine has learned exclusively that comedian Jon Glaser has joined Parks and Recreation‘s fifth season, playing a town councilman — one of two the audience has yet to meet. (We have in seasons past been introduced to the lecherous Councilman Dexhart and the reasonable Councilman Howser.)

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Parks showrunner Mike Schur tells us that the longtime Late Night with Conan O’Brien writer’s character, a local orthodontist, “basically becomes Leslie’s nemesis. He doesn’t find her interesting or charming at all, and doesn’t care about her bright-eyed, bushy-tailed attitude toward making the town better… He just doesn’t like her.”

Knope’s new foe, as well as the other “extremely old,” Strom Thurmond-like politician, make their respective debuts in the third installment of Season 5, which bows Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9:30/8:30c.

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“They’re going to be around a lot,” shares Schur. “Certainly not in every episode, but… they’ll float in and out as we need them.”

A successful sketch comedy series writer, Glaser currently stars in his own Adult Swim creation Delocated.