Joe Biden Filmed Secret Parks and Recreation Scene

Plus: Ashley Judd for Senate?

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 8, 2012 10:46 AM CST
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(Newser) – Joe Biden is probably relieved that President Obama won re-election Tuesday—because it means the VP won't have to be embarrassed when his guest stint on Parks and Recreation airs one week from today. Biden filmed the guest appearance back in July, but it was kept strictly under wraps because if it had been leaked, the producers may have had to allow Paul Ryan to film a similar cameo. There are "all these FEC rules and equal-time rules," the executive producer tells Entertainment Weekly. Biden will play himself—the show's smitten main character, Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope, has said her dream man boasts "the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden"—in a scene that's supposed to occur in real time.

"The vice president was amazing," the executive producer tells the New York Times. "He improvised a couple of things that we ended up using." In a statement, Biden says he and his entire family love the show and he had "a great time," although he isn't sure "how Leslie Knope got my home phone number, but that really just shows how committed she is."

  • In more celebrity-political news, now that the election is over, attention is turning to the 2014 midterms—and some are speculating that Ashley Judd, a longtime political activist and Obama supporter, will run for Senate in Kentucky or Tennessee, USA Today reports.

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