Governmental response to the coronavirus pandemic has been... mixed at best, but now Pawnee’s brightest minds are on the case: Parks and Recreation is returning for a special half-hour reunion show set during these self-isolating times, NBC announced on Thursday. Pretty much the entire main cast is participating in the special, which will also serve as a fundraiser.
“Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money,” executive producer Michael Schur said in a press release. “I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes.”
Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta are all signed on the make appearances, as are some unannounced special guest stars. The special, which is fully scripted, will follow Leslie Knope as she, like so many of us in the real world, attempts to stay in touch with all her friends while under lockdown. True Parks and Rec fans will remember that, according to the many flash-forwards in the 2017 series finale, Leslie and Ben are living in Washington D.C. in the year 2020, as Ben had been elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. (According to this canon, it will still be five years until Leslie runs for Governor of Indiana, and a couple of decades until they move up to the Oval Office.)
Donations given during the telecast will go to Feeding America, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization. State Farm, Subaru of America, NBCUniversal, and the writers/producers/cast of Parks and Rec have pledged to match up to $500,000 in combined donations.
A Parks and Recreation Special will air on NBC on Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. EST.
The indie distributor is selling plenty of Uncut Gems and Hereditary collectibles for a good cause.
Turn off the lights, open your best bottle of red, and let Eva Green whisk you off to gloomy, gothic Victorian England.
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