Though some of audiences favorite shows are on holiday hiatus right now before returning in January, that doesn’t mean work isn’t being done behind the scenes for new episodes.
In fact, two of NBC’s comedies just enlisted some fantastic guest stars. First, Jason Schwartzman will appear in an episode of Parks & Recreation; and second, Bradley Whitford will be stopping by Go On to see his old Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip co-star Matthew Perry.
The Huffington Post has learned that Jason Scwartzman (who last appeared in Moonrise Kingdom) will show up for an episode of Parks & Rec where he will play Dennis Lerpiss, the owner of the last independent movie rental shop in Pawnee. Cleverly called VideoDome, the store is down on its luck and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) will attempt to sweep in and save the day by designating the store as a historical landmark.
This marks the first return to TV for Schwartzman since his HBO comedy series Bored to Death was canceled last year after three seasons. Of course, Schwartzman is no stranger to broadcast television either, having appeared in episodes of Freaks and Geeks and Sesame Street. His appearance on Parks and Rec should be a fun treat.
Meanwhile, on Tuesdays at NBC, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the freshman comedy series Go On has landed a promising guest star in Bradley Whitford. The man has been quite a presence on NBC with his series regular role on The West Wing, but more recently, Whitford starred in the short-lived Aaron Sorkin series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which also starred Go On lead Matthew Perry. Funnily enough, Perry also guested on a few episodes of The West Wing back in the day.
Matthew Perry revealed the news on Twitter:
Working with Bradley Whitford again is so much fun. I mean, I wish we weren't in a hot tub together, but you can't ask for everything.#GoOn— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) December 19, 2012
However, it’s not clear how Whitford comes into play in Go On just yet. Character details are being kept under wraps, and for some reason, the series shoots the episodes out of order. But as long as the banter is every bit as good as their back and forth on Studio 60, then this should be fun. Go On has proven to be an amusing comedy series, though it’s not necessarily one of the best. Perry is best as himself, and the supporting cast – including Seth Morris and Brett Gelman – is always a riot.
Go On returns Tuesday, January 8th @9pm and Parks & Recreation returns Thursday, January 17th @9:30pm, both on NBC.