‘Parks and Rec’s Nick Offerman: Patricia Clarkson Makes Megan Mullally Look Meek

by | August 30, 2011 at 2:34 PM | Fall TV Preview 2011, Parks & Recreation

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally on Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally on Parks and Recreation (NBC)

When “Parks and Recreation” returns on September 22 on NBC, there’s a new Tammy in town and she makes the old Tammy look meek in comparison.

Here’s the deal – Ron Swanson, the parks department director and man with the notable ‘stache played by Nick Offerman, has two ex-wives named Tammy. The first to appear on the show was Tammy 2, played by Megan Mullally. The second ex named Tammy is played by Patricia Clarkson, who joins the fun on Season 4 as Tammy 1.

“I think what the audience will be surprised to learn is that Tammy 2, played by the gorgeous Megan Mullally, may turn out to be the most kitten-like, timid women of the Tammys,” says Offerman.

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“I am as about as giggly as a school girl to have landed in a position where I am portraying a man who has made love to both Megan Mullally and Patricia Clarkson,” continued the actor and standup comedian.

And, in real life, of course, Offerman does make love to at least one of his character’s ex-wives, Mullally, his wife of eight years.

Show creator Michael Schur says of Clarkson’s character: “She is very different from Tammy 2′s character. The relationship she has with Ron is not the sort of hedonistic, animal attraction that we’ve seen before. They have a much different, much more complicated, more rich back-story that we get into. The point of casting Patricia Clarkson is to let her be Patricia Clarkson and I think we accomplished that. We just wanted to do something very different from Megan’s character.”

As for the rest of the characters, Schur says much focus will be made on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), who has a decision to make between running for office or having a relationship with Ben, played by Adam Scott. “The basis of the premiere is her trying to make a decision on what to do,” says Schur. “The first half of the season all the way through December will be her living with ramifications of that decision and probably occasionally second guessing herself and trying to deal with the inevitable sort of buyers remorse.”

The Emmy-nominated “Parks and Recreation” returns for its fourth season Sept 20 on NBC.

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