Last time we saw Leslie Knope, before she meet up with her husband Ben Wyatt, she was firing an employee named Ed, who was played in a surprise cameo role by Mad Men star Jon Hamm. Well, lucky for Ed (and for us), it has been confirmed that Hamm will be returning for at least one episode in Parks and Recreation Season 7, meaning that Leslie will somehow find herself dealing with an employee that is less competent than than Larry (Jim O’Heir) for at least a little bit longer.
“If I have my way, every episode where you see events that take place before that moment will include a shot of him doing something insanely incompetent,” showrunner Mike Schur said after the show’s Season 6 finale, when he was asked about whether or not Hamm would appear again in Parks and Recreation Season 7.
Hamm joins returning guest stars Megan Mullally (Tammy 2 and real life wife of Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson) , Ben Schwartz, and Natalie Morales, who will all be showing up in Pawnee before the series ends its 13-episode final season, which will take place, in the show’s universe, in 2017.
As fans will remember, last season of Parks and Recreation ended with a three-year time jump with Leslie now in charge of a National Parks department, Andy wearing a cast/sling for some reason (I mean, it is Andy, so who knows? At least he’ still with April), and Ben in a tux, with he and Leslie heading somewhere that seemed pretty fancy.
Parks and Recreation Season 7 will premiere on NBC in 2015. The network has still not yet announced an exact premiere date for the show’s final season.