Rashida Jones Teams with Parks and Rec Writer for New Comedy
Like the saying goes: You can take Rashida Jones out of Pawnee, but you can’t take the Pawnee out of Rashida Jones. Or rather, that’s how the saying will go now that the Parks and Recreation actress is set to take some of her Indiana experience—and fellow crew—along with her as she switches gears.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Jones—who will leave Parks on the upcoming sixth season’s unlucky 13th episode—will be jumping networks and finding a new home on Stuck, a comedy she is developing with Parks scribe Alexandra Rushfield.
Co-created by Rushfield, Stuck will be a single-camera program and has already landed a put-pilot on Fox. Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack will executive produce, but there are currently no plans for Jones to appear on-screen.
Stuck tells the story of a middle-aged woman who works at a bank and gets her “stuck in childhood” daughter a job there. Within a day, the daughter becomes her mother’s boss. The comedy will follow their relationship at work and home “as they help one another get ‘unstuck.’”
Jones’ departure is echoed by Rob Lowe, who is also bowing out. Parks showrunner Mike Schur said “The real headline is that everyone is happy. There’s no controversy involved here. We had the idea, creatively, to move in that direction, and it totally dovetailed and aligned with what the two actors envisioned for themselves and their careers.”
Jones has been a Pawnee resident since Parks first aired in 2009. Rushfield signed on as an executive producer and writer a few years later in 2012.
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