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4 ways “Parks and Recreation” can come back strong

Call it a hiatus. Call it a pause. Call it a brief interruption of your established viewing routine. Whatever you deem it, "Parks and Recreation" will not air at its regularly scheduled time tonight or during the following two weeks. NBC recently announced that no new episodes of the show will air until Nov. 14, at which time the network will broadcast back-to-back episodes that night. When the news first broke -- and I don't think even "Parks'" own hapless man-on-the-street Perd Hapley would report this item as breaking news -- to some it signaled an uncertain future for the show.

While this may be a typical mountain/molehill situation (as Adam Scott says it is), it is discouraging that NBC has no qualms about airing "Parks and Recreation's" Halloween episode two weeks after the holiday. As a longtime fan of the program, I have fond memories of watching Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari)  as T-Pain taking over the pathetic Halloween party thrown by Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones). I started wondering whether NBC had any real cause to shunt it aside. One Huffington Post reader wisely commented that NBC's once-strong Thursday night lineup -- "Office," "30 Rock," "Parks and Rec," "Community" -- had been decimated of late, leaving Leslie Knope & co. somewhat in the lurch. Perhaps NBC is just taking a moment to regroup and find a stronger lead-in for the show.

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