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Amy Poehler's Government: No Place for Palin

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The pressure may be on for Amy Poehler to deliver big on her highly buzzed-about upcoming NBC sitcom, but she’s keeping pretty calm about it all.

“You just try to do your best and work with talented people,” Poehler told me at last night’s Sundance party at Village at the Yard’s T-Mobile Diner for Spring Breakdown, her new comedy with her former Saturday Night Live co-star Rachel Dratch and Parker Posey. “Doing stuff that is a little scary, I think is good. You have to keep moving.”

The series, which is set to premiere in April, stars Poehler as Leslie Knope, who heads up a small town parks department in Indiana.

Hmm, small town government…any chance we’ll be seeing Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin stopping by?

“No, no, no,” Poehler insisted. “[Leslie] is the head of the parks department, so it’s very bureaucratic. It’s the place where you go get permits and licenses. It’s very small time.”

Call us crazy, but it sounds like the perfect place for the former vice presidential candidate.

Real-life politics aside, Poehler & Co. officially unveiled the show on Friday at the annual Television Critics Association powwow in L.A.—even if it still doesn’t have a title. “It’s coming soon,” Poehler said. “We’ve been mulling it over. It will find its way.”

If they run out of ideas, they should talk to my always-in-the-know TV gossiping cohort Kristin Dos Santos. Her faithful readers have come up with plenty of suggestions.

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