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Parks and Recreation Casts Patricia Clarkson as Tammy 1

The critically acclaimed comedy from
NBC announced recently that Oscar nominated actress, Patricia
Clarkson will be coming on to play Ron Swanson’s first ex-wife, Tammy
1. The character earned her moniker for having the same name as
Ron’s second ex-wife. Though the names are the same, Executive
Producer Michael Schur has insured that the new character won’t be a
clone of Ron’s other ex; “…all we knew is that we didn’t want
to do the same thing we did with Tammy 2.”

The reveal that Ron’s first ex would be
joining the show came at the end of the third season, and inspired a
slew of suggestions and speculation as to who would fill the role.
Oprah, Glenn Close, and even Nick Offerman himself, were among the
names tossed around as potential candidates. In the end it would be
Clarkson that earned the gig though. Too bad, as not putting
Offerman in drag seems like a missed opportunity.

Known more for her work in film,
Clarkson has stared in several award winning movies, including The
Green Mile
and Vicky Christina Barcelona. But the actress
also spent time on the small screen, with roles in Six Feet Under,
and the former NBC comedy, Frasier. Her new character will
put Tammy 2 to shame when it comes to instilling fear, that is if the
reactions the character’s arrival garnered in the third season finale
are any indication.

Clarkson and the rest of the cast can
be seen in Parks and Recreation’s fourth season, which starts
Thursday, September 22.

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