Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Westside

December 4, 2012

‘Parks and Recreation’ films in Indy

(Continued)

INDIANAPOLIS —

A year ago, Bosma got a call from somebody who said he was with NBC and wanted Bosma to consult with the Parks and Recreational writers to give them guidance on how state and local government works in Indiana.

“I thought it was some of my pals at the Statehouse playing a joke,” Bosma said. It wasn’t. Bosma was indeed hired by NBC to offer advice for a story line involving the show’s star, Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knope, a Pawnee Parks Department staff member who runs for the Pawnee City Council.

“I asked for a cameo role, but they turned me down,” Bosma said. He did, though, get a chance to meet Lowe, who plays a character who was once a state auditor and now is the Pawnee city manager.

Lowe’s father grew up in Anderson and his grandparents lived in Madison County.

Lowe, who earned his star power playing a White House staff member on the TV series “The West Wing,” said he signed on for “Parks and Recreation” in part because of it’s Indiana connection. The show offers a satirical look at government bureaucracy through the eyes of some earnest Hoosier civil servants.

“My family is all from Indiana,” said Lowe, adding — with the gee-golly enthusiasm of his character Chris Traeger — that he recently discovered that his great-great-grandfather served as a Indiana volunteer in the Civil War.

“I have such affection for this state and for the way we portray its people on the show,” Lowe said. “It was one of the reasons why I so attracted to the show. As a Midwesterner, I know how Hollywood really gets our part of the country wrong. I think this show really gets it right in a lot of ways. Obviously we do it with a lot of spoof and satire, but Pawnee, Indiana, comes across as an authentic place and a place of love.”

Text Only
Westside
  • BMV to begin offering tests in languages other than English |Don Snemis, commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), has announced that the BMV will for the first time begin offering automated Operator Knowledge Tests in foreign languages. “In response to numerous requests from businesses, uni

    July 30, 2014

  • Hamilton scolds Congress for national security failures |INDIANAPOLIS — Retired Congressman Lee Hamilton has warned of the perils of political ideology, calling the body where he spent 34 years “noxiously partisan.” Now, he worries the divide is downright dangerous. A co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, H

    July 30, 2014

  • New area brings beer back to fair for first time since 1946 |Dozens of beer and wine producers from all over Indiana will take part in the Indiana State Fair ’s new Indiana Beer and Wine Exhibition in the Grand Hall on Main Street. The new exhibition, open only to adults ages 21 and older, will be open from 1

    July 30, 2014

  • Indy Zoo celebrates birth of Amur tiger cub |At a time when one of the largest cat species, the powerful and majestic Amur tiger, is at risk of vanishing from the wild, the recent birth of a healthy cub at the Indianapolis Zoo serves as a reminder of the need for conservation efforts to secure

    July 30, 2014

  • Home security scammer target of state AG lawsuit |Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has filed a lawsuit against Jerome Edmond and USA Promotions for making illegal pre-recorded calls and for impersonating an ADT home security systems representative. This marketing followed several high profile

    July 30, 2014

  • Small town's survival hinges on battle over coal regulations |DUGGER – Peggy and Martha Marlow collect artifacts of this small town’s history for a storefront mining museum that Martha helped open more than 30 years ago. Tin dinner buckets, carbide headlamps and battered hard hats line the museum’s crowded she

    July 30, 2014

  • Court observers predict 'wide open' process of picking of next chief |INDIANAPOLIS — State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson surprised observers in June when he decided to step down after a brief tenure in the leadership post. Another surprise may be in store when his replacement is named. A seven-member pane

    July 29, 2014

  • WSF 7-29 news speedway roundabout pic 2 Speedway breaks ground on Main Street roundabout SPEEDWAY — Just one day after a weekend of bustling activity with the Brickyard 400 race, officials here gathered for the ground breaking of a roundabout project that will eventually connect Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road in an atte

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • WSF 7-29 news sackpacks 1 Wayne Township students receive sackpacks Thanks to the Office Depot Foundation and Indiana State Sen. Mike Delph, 200 students at two Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township elementary schools will start the coming school year with new sackpacks filled with supplies. “Because of Sen.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Worship briefs Church hosts Back to School Bash Brownsburg Church of the Nazarene is hosting a Back to School Bash from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 3. Each person gets one meal ticket and one door prize for free. There will be hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks, as well

    July 25, 2014

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Should the government continue to use military bases to house illegal immigrant children?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read