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'Party Down' star Adam Scott joins the cast of NBC's 'Parks and Recreation'; plus, more details on Rob Lowe

March 4, 2010 |  3:00 pm

Adam-scott-headshot Good and bad news, comedy fans: Adam Scott, whom you know as disillusioned actor-turned-caterer Henry Pollard on the Starz comedy series "Party Down," is joining the cast of NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

No details yet on Scott's character or how he'll make his debut on the Pawnee scene, but expect him to pop up in the last two episodes of "Parks'" second season.

“I'm more than flattered and extremely excited to be joining the incredible cast of 'Parks and Recreation,'" Scott told Show Tracker. "The ball is now in my court to completely screw this up.”

So does this spell the end for the critically acclaimed but little seen "Party Down"?

Don't fret -- yet. Expect to see plenty of Henry during the second season, which premieres April 23. Production on those 10 episodes wrapped in October. Fans will remember that when we last saw Henry he had become Party Down's new team leader after Ron got his chance to open Soup'r Crackers.

Starz is waiting to see how the second season performs in the ratings before it commits to a third, but  Scott said he'd be open to coming back to reprise his role should "Party Down" be renewed.

Whew!

"Party Down" lost original series regular Jane Lynch after she joined the cast of "Glee" last year, but we're told Lynch's randy Constance Carmell will return for the Season 2 finale.

Meanwhile, EW.com reported on Wednesday that Rob Lowe was nearing a deal to also join "Parks and Recreation" after he exits ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" at the end of the season. A "Parks and Recreation" insider told Show Tracker that Lowe would appear in the last two episodes of this season and up to six more episodes during Season 3. A rep for NBC had no comment on the report.

As part of his deal with "Parks and Recreation," Scott has also signed a first-look production deal with NBC and Universal Media Studios under which he'll develop TV projects.

"Parks and Recreation" executive producer Mike Schur said Scott "is brilliant and funny -- and he's funny in a lot of different ways. There just aren't that many people with a comedic range that spans 'Step Brothers' to 'Party Down.'" 

Scott is up for an Independent Spirit Award this weekend for his performance in the film "The Vicious Kind."

-- Denise Martin

Photo credit: Starz

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