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Amy Poehler comedy 'Parks and Recreation' adds cast

February 10, 2009 |  1:55 pm

Paul_and_amy_2"Parks and Recreation," the upcoming NBC comedy from the team behind "The Office" and starring Amy Poehler, is starting to take shape.

Shot in the same mockumentary style as "The Office," the show follows low-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Poehler) as she attempts to better Pawnee, Ind., by beautifying it. Rashida Jones stars as a nurse pushing a new park for the area, and Aziz Ansari plays Knope's diabolical co-worker Tom.

Joining the cast are indie film star Paul Schneider ("Lars and the Real Girl"), Chris Pratt ("Everwood") and Nick Offerman (Comedy Central's "American Body Show").

According to Zap2it, Schneider will play Mark, a colleague and unrequited love interest of the clueless Knope. They got together once, and Leslie's never forgotten it. Unfortunately for her, Mark's interested in Leslie's friend Ann (Jones), whose loser musican boyfriend will be played by Pratt. Can we say Jim and Pam redux? Offerman has been cast as Rob, a superior of Knope's.

"Parks and Recreation" premieres April 9 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

-- Denise Martin

Photo credit: Paul Schneider / MGM; Amy Poehler / AP