Of course the fact this show tanked doesn’t prevent the media from gushing over her, of course.
First Lady Michelle Obama became the latest high-profile member of the White House to make a cameo on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” appearing in the series’ season finale that aired Thursday night.
The first lady provided an inspirational pep talk for Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope — a civil servant who weighing a job offer with the National Parks Service.
“We need passionate people like you on our national parks,” the first lady told Poehler’s character, prompting vigorous nodding.
“Are you nodding because you agree with me?” the first lady asked.
“Yes, I do agree with you,” came the star-struck response. “I agree with you on all things throughout history until the end of times forever.”
The pair also discussed the first lady’s home town of Chicago and went on to share a high five.
In 2012, vice president Joe Biden made a cameo appearance on the show. Poehler’s character famously has a crush on the vice president.
Being in awe of this pompous, imperious oaf or having a crush on the bumbling Joe Biden translates into Must Flee TV, according to the overnight ratings. Being hopelessly overexposed, like her husband, isn’t exactly a ratings draw, although the show’s ratings are so anemic she actually provided a bit of a boost.
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“Bad Teacher” (CBS), “Black Box” (ABC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “Saturday Night Live: SNL Shorts” (NBC), “Surviving Jack” (Fox)
In season-finale news, a one-hour installment of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” featuring a cameo appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama, scored a 2.1/ 3 from 8-9 p.m., which was actually up by 24 percent from the abysmal 1.7/ 3 at 8:30 p.m. one week earlier. But a 2.1 in the household overnights is certainly nothing to crow about, and these ratings will be no better next season no matter where “P&R” airs.
It’s doubtful slobbering TV types will get the message since this woman seems to be everywhere. If you’ve got 90 seconds of your life to waste, here’s her wooden performance: