Unless, that is, the “Parks” writers go against type, because they’ve cast Jonathan Banks of “Breaking Bad” in the role.
“We were working the character description of Ben’s dad, and I said aloud, ‘He should act like Mike Ehrmentraut,” showrunner Mike Schur tells Hitfix. “So somebody said, ‘Well, why can’t we just get Jonathan Banks?'”
Meanwhile, TV Guide reports that Glenne Headly (“ER,” “The Joneses”) will play Ben’s mom in the same episode. Her personality is closer to Ben’s, and she takes a liking to Ben’s girlfriend Leslie (Amy Poehler), but her mood will turn sour when Ben’s dad shows up with a much younger girlfriend.
“Parks and Rec” premieres Sept. 20 on NBC. We’ll meet Ben’s parents in the season’s sixth episode.