“That’s what we in the television business call ‘nonsense,'” Schur told Zap2it Wednesday night (March 9) before “Parks and Rec’s” session at the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest. “Rob is a full-time cast member; he’s on the show for a number of more years, and that’s the end of the story. Sorry I can’t be juicier than that.”
Schur later told the PaleyFest crowd the same thing, saying that after Lowe’s name was floated as a possible replacement for Sheen, “the Internet set it on fire.” (Lowe, by the way, wasn’t at Wednesday’s event because he’s visiting colleges with his son this week.)
Further fuel to the Lowe/”Men” fire may come with next week’s “Parks and Rec” episode, in which Lowe doesn’t appear. But Schur says he’ll be back for every episode after that — including next season (which Schur says he’s “extremely optimistic” will happen).
Schur also offered a couple of teases about the second half of this season, including how the show brings Lowe’s Chris Traeger back into the fold in episode eight. Hit play on the video below to find out the details.