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‘Parks & Recreation’ Cast “Reunite” For One-Off Isolation Special

by Dave Elliott
'Parks & Recreation' Cast "Reunite" For One-Off Isolation Special

‘Parks & Recreation’ Cast “Reunite” For One-Off Isolation Special

The cast of beloved comedy Parks & Recreation are reuniting… separately… for a one-off isolation special NBC has announced.

The 30-min special will see Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing. Joining Poehler will be Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta (plus several guest stars from the Pawnee universe).

“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,” commented 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 telecast was created to raise funds for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which will enable foodbanks to secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable members of the community during this difficult time. In the spirit of Leslie Knope and do-gooders everywhere, please go to www.feedingamerica.org/parksandrec. 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.

“In such uncertain times, we can’t think of anyone better than Leslie Knope to unite our country with her unbridled enthusiasm and compassion,” adds 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.”

The original series ‘Parks and Recreation’ is the recipient of a Peabody Award for excellence in television programming, an AFI honour as one of the Top 10 Television Shows of the Year, several Emmy Award nominations for. Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and Amy Poehler’s individual performance. Poehler won a Golden Globe Award in 2014.

Additional accolades include Writers Guild Award and Producers Guild Award nominations, 2010 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Individual Episode, 2013 Television Critics Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and TCA nominations for Program of the Year and Individual Achievement in Comedy for Poehler and co-star Nick Offerman, which Offerman won, as well as NAACP Image Award and Imagen Award nominations.

The Parks & Recreation special will air Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC in the USA. There is no UK air date yet, but we’ll let you know if/when we hear something.

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