New Details About Amy Poehler's New Sitcom

January 16, 2009 By:
New Details About Amy Poehler's New Sitcom

We just can’t wait forAmy Poehler to come back to television. Weekend Update just isn’t the same without her! But don’t worry. She’s heading back sooner than later. Recently Amy dished on what the show’s going to be like, and what her character is all about.

Good news for those of you who love the office setup, because Amy’s new show will have the same documentary feel, as far as the cameras go. Her character, Leslie Knope, is a mid-level bureaucrat in Parks and Recreation in Pawnee, Indiana. Her goal is to improve her own city, while also getting one step closer to her ultimate goal: becoming President. Another touch from The Office is Rashida Jones, who plays a local nurse.

Amy says of her new character, "I think in most comedies the lead character suffers from not being self-aware. Leslie is an optimist, and she's really ambitious, she's hoping the place she is now is not that place she is going to stay. I think we're supposed to like her, but I do think she decides, she wants to run with the big boys, and you have to take the hits. It's going to be very easy to humiliate and be mean to me on this show. It's going to make you feel good. You'll see people be mean to me, you'll be satisfied."

Co-creator Greg Daniels says, this is not a grandiose enterprise: "If the setting is very ordinary, the characters can shine against that. I'm interested in doing character comedy. We're keeping the background really plain so the humor of the actors is set off nicely."

Well it works for The Office! There’s nothing plainer than Scranton, Pennsylvania, and it’s one of the greatest shows on television.