August 15, 2012 1:44pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Lucy Lawless Moving From 'Spartacus' to 'Parks and Recreation'
Lucy Lawless is going from the violence (and nudity) of Spartacus to Pawnee.
The former Xena: Warrior Princess star will explore her comedic side on NBC's Parks and Recreation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Lawless will play a single mom in Pawnee who turns to the Parks Department to help with a neighborhood problem. After Ron (Nick Offerman) and Andy (Chris Pratt) are dispatched to help her, Andy picks up on the chemistry between Lawless' character and the always surly Ron.
Lawless, who is slated to appear in two episodes, broke the news via Twitter. "I am so thrilled to work with the #ParksandRecreation crew. I am always amazed by the Acting and writing. It's kooky, ironic and elegant," she wrote.
Her first episode is scheduled to air Oct. 4. Sadly, her character is not named Tammy (it's Diane).
The role marks Lawless' first TV gig since her Spartacus character, Lucretia, died in the second-season finale.
She's repped by Valeo Entertainment.
Parks returns for its fifth season at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, on NBC.