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Parks and Recreations Cast

Feb. 11 2009, Published 2:24 p.m. ET

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(Photo: Splash News Online) The cast for NBC'S new comedy Parks and Recreation is shaping up. The show stars Amy Poehler as low-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope as she attempts to better Pawnee, Indiana 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, Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman.

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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 is from the team behind NBC's The Office and will be shot in the same mockumentary style.

It premieres April 9 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

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