The season-long arc on “Parks & Recreation” has been the will-they-won’t-they between Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott). Although each has been too shy to act on their attraction, executive producer Mike Shur says there are big personal moves in store for Leslie in the May 19 season finale. Will they finally take their relationship to the next level? Shur discusses what to expect from the episode, titled “Li’l Sebastian” (hint: a sad fate awaits the Harvest Festival star), and reveals his favorite line of the season.
Take us inside your approach to the finale, and what you wanted to accomplish. We have been building towards big moves for a number of characters — for Leslie, personally and professionally…for Tom…for everyone, really. So we wanted to do things in the finale that both completed the arcs we’ve been working on, and really threw forward to next year. But mostly, we wanted it to be funny and satisfying for people who have been following the show.
Did anything disappoint you about this season? Anything you wish you could have done, but didn’t have the time, forethought or resources? The only disappointing thing was that we didn’t get to do more episodes. I feel like the creative team was really humming along this season. Hopefully that will continue.
Watch One Of Shur’s Favorite Episodes, “Fancy Party”:
What should fans look forward to next season? And if you haven’t gotten that far yet…what would your dream season be? We deliberately wrote ourselves into situations where we’d have to do some drastic stuff next year, so fans should look forward to having all the turmoil dealt with. As far as my dream season goes — it’s every season, with this cast. Though I have to say that the storylines we’re heading towards next year have been in my head since Greg Daniels and I wrote the pilot.
What were the high points of the season? The “Flu Season” episode was the first one where every single person in the cast got to be funny from beginning to end — that was a real highlight. And the wedding between April and Andy — we kind of snuck a wedding episode into the middle of the season, and maybe surprised people who didn’t see it coming. And I think the very last scenes in the finale provide about a half-dozen highlights, both in terms of acting and comedy.
Do you have a favorite episode, line, or scene from this season? If so – what? I have a lot of them. One in particular is Ron (Nick Offerman), bereft with sadness because his favorite steakhouse has closed, saying, weepily, “What happened to the steaks that were in there when it closed? Do you think they got eaten?”