Leah Greenblatt
March 15, 2010 AT 04:48 PM EDT

Paul Schneider, who plays city planner Mark Brendanawicz on Parks and Recreation, will be leaving the show, co-creator and executive producer Mike Schur tells the LA Times. Schneider, the show’s ever-patient straight man and boyfriend to Rashida Jones’ Ann Perkins, will depart this season, but may return in the future.

“In the wake of Bright Star and winning a lot of awards,” says Schur, “Paul now has this film career that is just taking off in a big way. And the movie opportunities he’s getting are incredibly cool, interesting movies, not the summer blockbuster movies that can be scheduled around TV actors when they need to be… But the goal and the aim is to have him come back as soon as his schedule permits and as soon as the arcs we’re writing call for it.”

“He’s not going to be killed in some weird accident,” Schur promises.

As previously reported, Adam Scott and Rob Lowe are poised to join the P&R cast.

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