Jean-Ralphio Saperstein is back. The Hollywood Reported has confirmed that Tom Haverford’s ultra-smooth sidekick will return for the series’ fifth season, which is set to premiere Sept. 20 on NBC.
”[At the beginning of the season] Tom is struggling a bit because he hasn’t had any good entrepreneurial ideas in a while and he’s running short on cash and he strikes what could be the first ever actually legitimate business idea that he has ever had—and he invites Jean-Ralphio into the mix to be his business partner again,” show runner Mike Schur told THR.
The last time Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) teamed up was for their Entertainment 720 (twice as good as 360) multimedia “conglomerate.” Despite the fact that they hired former NBA star Detlef Schrempf to shoot baskets in their empty office during business hours, the company failed.
Schwartz is expected to appear as Jean-Ralphio in at least the Nov. 1 episode of Parks and Rec.