Now in its third season, “Parks and Recreation” is poised to be a major Emmy contender and star Amy Poehler is pumped. “I’m really hoping the show, in all of its different pieces, gets recognized this year,” she tells GoldDerby senior editors Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria in this webcam chat, citing the quality of writing and performances. “I think we’ve got the best cast on TV.”
While Entertainment Weekly has hailed the show as “brilliant,” it fared poorly at last year’s Emmys with only one nomination — for Poehler as Best Comedy Actress; she lost to Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”). But things are looking up, including TV Nielsens. “Parks and Recreation” was just renewed for a fourth season and it’s been picked up in syndication.
Surely, Emmy voters have noticed all of this good news, but will it pay off with a Best Comedy Series nomination? If so, Poehler could nab a nom as a producer in addition to her acting bid. And she could also be up for writing as she penned the May 12th episode titled “The Fight.”
She says her character, Leslie Knope, has come a long way since the show debuted in 2009. “When we checked in with Leslie in the pilot, she was chasing a guy who wasn’t into her and frustrated with her position with her job,” she says. “When we find her now, she’s dealing with her first taste of success and maybe her first instance of where she’s interested in someone who might be a good match for her.”
Poehler could also be nominated as Guest Comedy Actress for hosting the season opener of “Saturday Night Live.” She picked up two Supporting Comedy Actress noms for her work as part of the regular cast of “SNL,” losing to Jean Smart (“Samantha Who?”) in 2008 and Kristen Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”) in 2009.