Everyone will soon get to "Treat Yo' Self" to a "Parks and Recreation" reunion special on April 30!
That's right, everyone. Parks and Recreation just announced that they will be putting together a 30-minute reunion special that includes all of the original cast returning as their characters from the show that we know and love.
Leslie Knope wants to let you in on a secret... On April 30, #ParksAndRec is returning to NBC for “A Parks and Recreation Special”. Our workplace proximity associates, along with our neighbors at @StateFarm, are raising money for @FeedingAmerica. Join us! https://t.co/YuyWBTYmrH pic.twitter.com/ZId6Lq3rkJ— Parks and Recreation (@parksandrecnbc) April 23, 2020
The scripted special will be shot entirely from everyone's homes, shedding a light on how the characters are handling quarantine in the midst of COVID-19. Per the network, the special will follow the story of how “Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.”
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It's worth noting that the special is aimed at doing more than just bringing a smile to our faces during these difficult times. The show is partnering with State Farm to raise money for Feeding America, and they will match donations up to $500,000.
“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 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!”
The original cast—Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Retta, and Jim O’Heir—will all be a part of the special. The network has also mentioned that there may be appearances from a few other well-loved Pawnee residents as well.
I like to think that Leslie Knope would want us all to treat this as a holiday of its own, and Tom and Donna would want us to treat ourselves—preferably with a plate full of waffles, as we watch this reunion special together, from our own homes, this upcoming Thursday.
The Parks and Recreation reunion special will air on NBC on April 30 at 8:30 p.m. (EST).
Will you be tuning in to the Parks and Recreation reunion special? Which character's social-distancing habits are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments!