The cast of NBC’s Parks and Recreation will reunite for a one-time scripted charity TV special, the network announced Thursday.
The half-hour special — to be shot from the cast’s homes due to self-isolation — is a fundraising benefit for the charity Feeding America. Pawnee civil servant Leslie Knope is “determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing,” according to NBC’s announcement.
Confirmed returning cast members include Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta.
Hey, Pawnee! Free up your schedules on April 30, because #ParksAndRec is returning to NBC for “A Parks and Recreation Special”! Together with our neighbors at @StateFarm, we’re helping raise money for @FeedingAmerica. We hope to see you there! https://t.co/CYgzmwp3PO pic.twitter.com/NQoXpbmn7R
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) April 23, 2020
“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 in a statement. “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!”
“In such uncertain times, we can’t think of anyone better than Leslie Knope to unite our country with her unbridled enthusiasm and compassion,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “A huge thank you to Mike Schur and the cast of ‘Parks and Recreation’ for putting this wonderful special together and bringing a smile to all our faces while raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”
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