“He will be coming in at the second-to-last episode of the season,” ‘Parks and Rec’ executive producer Michael Schur tells Fancast. “And he’ll be with us for a number of episodes stretching into Season 3.”
Lowe asked out of ABC’s Sunday night serial, it was reported last month, so that he might explore other opportunities – presumably to front his own series. As such, the fact that the onetime Brat Packer is joining another ensemble – and a comedy at that – is a tiny bit surprising.
Schur, however, points out that Lowe was “very funny” in such films as ‘Wayne’s World,’ ‘Thank You for Smoking’ and ‘Austin Powers.’ And since Schur envisions ‘Parks and Rec’ as “the half-hour comedy version of ‘The West Wing,’ when we found out Rob was available, we felt, ‘It’s a perfect fit.’”
Schur is mum on details about Lowe’s character, other than to say he’ll play a “powerful person entering our world form the outside.” When presented with our speculation that this dashing newcomer is destined to woo (or be wooed by) Amy Poehler’s lovelorn Leslie, Schur responds: “Anytime Rob Lowe is anywhere, he’s a possible love interest for someone.”
Lowe’s ‘Parks and Rec’ gig was first reported by EW.com.