04/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Amy Poehler Readies Sitcom Debut

On her new show, which has its premiere on April 9, Ms. Poehler is portraying another government official: Leslie Knope, the deputy parks director of fictional Pawnee, Ind. It's a character who exudes all the qualities Ms. Poehler most loves to play. "She's naïve and narcissistic, completely deluded and completely out of touch with reality," she said.

As if to prove her solidarity with her character, she added: "I think we'll be the first TV show to win an Academy Award. And the Nobel Peace Prize."

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