The Parks and Recreation’s gang is set for a reunion next week, providing a major entertainment for fans of the series amidst the quarantine caused by the pandemic. The main cast of the critically-acclaimed show will all make an appearance on a 30-minute special set to air on NBC April 30 at 8:30 p.m.
What’s more, other guests from the Parks and Recreations universe might show themselves as well, adding more spice to an already exciting get-together. Executive producer and co-creator Mike Schur said that the decision was rooted in the desire to provide people with a welcome distraction and much-needed assistance amidst the on-going outbreak.
“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. I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes. Our old Parks and Rec team has put together one more 30-minute slice of Pawnee life and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates,” Schur said.
Knope to reconnect with her friends
The special’s premise will mirror what’s currently unfolding in the world and will have the cast play their respective characters. As always, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) will start the ball rolling as she tries to connect with her friends during the imposed government quarantine.
It would be interesting to see what sort of shenanigans the writers come up and how they’ll pull the script off given the restrictions posed by the premise. Fans, of course, are just delighted that their favorite Pawnee civil servants are coming back.
Funds raised to help vulnerable groups
The money raised by the special will be funneled towards Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund that aims to help vulnerable groups affected by the outbreak. NBC Universal, State Farm, Subaru of America, and the casts, writers, and producers of the show will match the $500,000 contribution donations made through May 21.
Parks and Recreations have proven to be a successful sitcom for ABC as it managed to receive several awards and nominations throughout its seven-season run. Initially, the show didn’t impress the critics all that much, citing the series’ entire angle as similar to The Office.
However, all that negativity turned a complete 180 in the second season, with several publications declaring it as one of the best shows that came out in 2009. And now, years after the finale, the crew will be reuniting to the delight of the fan base.
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