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Cast of 'Parks and Rec' off to greener pastures

Cast of 'Parks and Rec' off to greener pastures

Let us now praise "Parks and Recreation," which ends Tuesday night in an effervescence of heart and hope, proof positive that success and significance are not always measured in gold, statuary or otherwise.

The show that gave us Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt), that made Retta a household name and introduced non-stand-up aficionados to Aziz Ansari, has yet to win a single Emmy. Co-creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur miraculously recalibrated a rocky first season into a permanent critics' darling, but low to middling ratings meant "Parks and Rec" faced cancellation for virtually each of its...