The Washington Times-Herald

Breaking News

State News

January 14, 2013

‘Parks and Rec’ episode shot in Indianapolis airs Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS — What do actor Rob Lowe, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have in common?

All of them will be appearing in the winter premiere of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” shot in the Indianapolis area last December and airing Thursday night.

Lowe, a co-star of the hit comedy about the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee, traveled with the show’s male cast members to Indiana to shoot an episode that includes some iconic landmarks in the state’s capital city.

One was Lucas Oil Stadium, where Irsay made a cameo appearance according to script.

Another was St. Elmo’s Steak House, where Gingrich — in town to interview then-Gov. Mitch Daniels — showed up unintentionally and was written into a scene when the show’s producers recognized him at the bar.

The crew also shot some background scenes, without the cast, in Zionsville and Lebanon.

Late last week, NBC’s publicity department released some early photos from the shoot and a few more details about the episode.

The episode, titled “Two Parties,” will show Gingrich arriving at St. Elmo’s, where Lowe’s character, Chris, is having dinner with Ben (Adam Scott), Tom (Aziz Ansari), Andy (Chris Pratt), Jerry (Jim O’Heir), and Ron (Nick Offerman). The dinner is part of Ben’s bachelor party, that also includes a romp on the Colts’ home field.

The century-old St. Elmo’s is supposed to be clearly identified.

“I’ll be heartbroken if it’s not,” said Brin Jones, St. Elmo’s marketing director. “I think it’s good for the show not to have everything completely fictitious.”

Gingrich isn’t the only real-life politician who’s been featured in the show. Earlier this season, Vice President Joe Biden and Senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer and Olympia Snowe all made cameo appearances.  

St. Elmo’s is hosting a viewing party Thursday night, before and during the episode that airs at 8:30 p.m., with proceeds from the event going to the real-life parks and recreation department at the city of Indianapolis.

Maureen Hayden covers the Indiana Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com.

 

 

1
Text Only
State News
  • Our view: Throw open the doors

    As allegations and scandals continue to explode about hidden wait lists and cooked books at VA medical care facilities across the country, with hints of even more heinous findings to come, we have to wonder why it's business as usual in our nation's

    May 29, 2014

  • nws-gb011714 Land Zeppelin 2 (front page pic) Inventor hopes Bike Zeppelin takes off GREENSBURG - A local civil engineer has created a Zeppelin-shaped apparatus that allows bicyclists to ride in the rain without getting wet. Greensburg resident Jim Gorman remembers the day that inspiration struck: Nov. 22, 2011. It rained all day, an

    January 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Legislator pushes for public disclosure of former meth homes INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Wendy McNamara knew methamphetamine was a scourge on her district in southwestern Indiana, but the damaging effects of the drug really hit her when she met a real estate appraiser who’d suffered lung damage after visiting a

    December 14, 2013

  • Bird statue to be unveiled in Terre Haute Serving double duty as a baseball infielder for the American League's Toronto Blue Jays and basketball guard for Brigham Young University, 20-year-old Danny Ainge found time in March 1979 to drive from Provo, Utah, to Salt Lake City to catch an in-pe

    November 5, 2013

  • news school bill.jpg Pence announces school safety grants

    Flanked by fourth-grade members of the Ambassadors Club and student council at Cedar Elementary School here, Gov. Mike Pence announced more than $9 million in grants for schools statewide to enhance their security.

    November 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • Coats returns home to listen to Hoosiers INDIANAPOLIS -- Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats returned home to Indiana this week, hoping to turn the political conversation away from a failed GOP strategy that partially shut down the federal government and toward what he sees as more critical issu

    October 24, 2013

  • Congressman standing firm on government shutdown

    Todd Rokita of Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District has been an outspoken opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — a k a Obamacare — since it was signed into law in 2010.

    On Tuesday, the first day the federal government partially shut down in 17 years, the Republican congressman wasn’t backing down.

    October 1, 2013

  • Laws that carry automatic loss of driver's license under review INDIANAPOLIS -- The legislative study committee that proposed the massive rewrite of Indiana's felony code will soon take on another tough issue: The automatic penalty that causes thousands of Hoosiers to lose their driving privileges for committing

    September 19, 2013

  • Gingerich_AP PHOTO.jpg Prison sentence of 12-year-old prompts new juvenile sentencing law

    Three years ago, when 12-year-old Paul Henry Gingerich became the youngest person in Indiana ever sent to prison as an adult, his story gained international attention and sparked questions about whether children belong behind bars with grown-up offenders.

    June 14, 2013 2 Photos

  • Supt_Ritz 1 .jpg Ritz orders independent analysis of ISTEP results

    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has hired an outside expert to determine the validity of ISTEP+ test scores of nearly 80,000 students who were kicked offline while taking the high-stakes standardized test.

    June 10, 2013 1 Photo