Winter TV Preview: Parks & Recreation

Parks and Recreation, NBC
Returns on Thursday, January 17 at 8:30/7:30c

Nobody does dead-pan comedy like Aubrey Plaza on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. As April Ludgate, a cynical and uninterested Pawnee Department of Parks and Recreation intern who eventually becomes the perfect assistant for Ron Swanson, Plaza delivers some of the long-running series’ wittiest one-liners. It’s no wonder; the role was written specifically for Plaza. After meeting her, casting director Allison Jones told series co-creator Michael Schur, "I just met the weirdest girl I've ever met in my life. You have to meet her and put her on your show.” And just like that, a star was born!

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.