Pawnee, Indiana will have two fewer residents next season on Parks and Recreation. Buzzfeed reports that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are leaving the series. Their characters, Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger, respectively, will depart in the 13th episode of the sixth season, which will probably be sometime during February sweeps. NBC has no comment on the departure of the two actors.
In all fairness, Parks has been struggling to find something for Chris and Ann to do. Ann wandered around aimlessly for about a season only to come back to a relationship with Chris. It’s a welcome change for two forlorn and lonely characters, but I can see how their plotline could quickly be exhausted, especially if a new baby becomes a factor. I’m not feeling the loss of Ann because even though Jones is a great actress, the show had run out of things for her to do other than be the object of Leslie’s glowing adoration. But I will miss Chris Traeger and his relentless found of positivity. He was literally one of the best things to happen to the show.