From Murphy Brown to Full House, returning to TV is is still pretty trendy these days with results fairly mixed. Some say you can never go home again. But how about for one night?
Five years after the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation aired it’s last episode, the entire cast is returning for a half hour special with a very timely premise. Back in the town of Pawnee, Indiana, civil servant Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) is said to be determined to stay connected to her friends during these days of social distancing and COVID-19.
The telecast was created to raise funds for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which will enable food banks to secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable members of the community during this difficult time.
“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,” said executive producer Michael Schur. “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 (quarantined) Pawnee life and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates!”
The special features appearances from Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta. In addition, it is rumored that several guest stars from the Pawnee universe may pop in as well.
State Farm and Subaru of America will each make matching donations of $150,000 and, combined with NBCUniversal and the writers/producers/cast of “Parks and Recreation,” a total of $500,000 in matching donations will be made through May 21.
The Parks and Recreation Reunion Special airs Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
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