Amy Poehler: What’s Next After ‘Parks and Rec’?

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Fans of the feminist comedian Amy Poehler are dreading the upcoming seventh and final season of her hit sitcom Parks and Recreation, but there’s much more to look forward to from the funny lady.

Poehler is a producer on Parks & Rec and at the beginning of the year she signed a three-year deal with Parks network NBC and studio Universal TV. There are already two shows coming out of that deal that the comedian will produce and co-create. So, though she’s not starring in either of them, we can expect those shows to feature her signature goofy wit. The first show that it was announced would come out of the venture was the tentatively titled Old Soul starring Orange Is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne as a young woman trying to find herself while working as an aide to a group of “opinionated” elderly people, Deadline reported.

“This show, hopefully, will blow up some of the clichés we think about old people,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said, per Deadline. “It’s been a while since The Golden Girls gave us a funny and insightful ensemble of seniors, and I hope this show will do that too.”

Old Soul sounds like it will be a great venue for Poehler to push back against the sexist and ageist norms of Hollywood, things that she often speaks openly about and explores in her comedy. Poehler’s outspoken views on the rampant sexism and ageism among other gross things about the industry in which she works have made her a modern feminist icon. The show will also draw viewers for featuring Natasha Lyonne, who’s coming off a very successful comeback from her role as the former heroin addict Nicky Nichols on Orange Is the New Black, for which she was nominated for an Emmy earlier this year.

There’s more good news for Parks & Rec aficionados, as Poehler is pursuing another office place comedy with Parks co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar, Deadline reports. Muharrar wrote the as-yet-untitled new show, which is about an agnostic woman who inherits a church and all the characters she must deal with in the new community she’s thrown into. Like Parks, the show will be a single-camera workplace comedy and air on NBC.

Outside the TV world, Poehler recently wrote her memoir Yes, Please about her life in the entertainment business thus far, plus advice on love, friendship, family, and career. The book is a little serious, with the actress opening up about her divorce from actor-comedian Will Arnett for the first time, and funny, with stories about recreational drug use and sex tips. There will also be stories about Poehler’s career, from her time on Saturday Night Live to leading Parks and Recreation. As for the title, Poehler says in her typically positive manner that it’s about taking chances. “The good things in life have happened to me because I’ve said ‘Yes, please,’” she said when announcing the book at BookCon, per Bustle.

As for movies, Poehler is a voice in the highly anticipated upcoming Pixar film Inside Out and will join her longtime close friend and fellow comedian Tina Fey in the comedy The Nest, which is filming right now. In that movie, Poehler and Fey play sisters who decide to throw one last party at their childhood home before their parents sell it.

The seventh season of Parks and Rec will wrap up the beloved series after a shortened run of 13 episodes that will likely air sometime in the beginning of 2015, just as Poehler and creator Michael Schur wanted, Schur told Entertainment Weekly in the spring. While it’s sad that we won’t get to see Leslie Knope being the most positive bureaucrat ever week after week alongside the hilarious and loveable ensemble cast, fans should just be grateful that the series is bowing out with dignity rather than jumping the shark. There will be much more from Poehler to keep us laughing in the future.

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