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The “Parks And Recreation” Cast Will Reunite For A Special Episode About Covid-19

Parks and Recreation was one of the most popular NBC comedies to air on the network. Now, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the cast of the show are reuniting and returning to Pawnee, Indiana for a one-time quarantine special. The half-hour scripted special is going to benefit Feeding America’s Covid-19 Response Fund and will be airing on NBC on Thursday, April 30th at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard 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. 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!”  said executive producer Michael Schur. 

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It’s been announced that all of the original cast members will be returning for the special which is being produced by Universal TV. Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Anzari, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Jim O’heir, Retta, and Adam Scott all confirmed their roles in the special, and even hinted at several guest stars making an appearance. 

The special is projected to follow the current pandemic and will show “Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope” as she stays connected with all of her friends during times of social distancing and quarantining. This will be the first time in 5 years that Parks and Rec fans get to see their favorite local government staff return to their TV screens. 

“In such uncertain times, we can’t think of anyone better than Leslie Knope to unite our country with her unbridled enthusiasm and compassion. 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,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. 

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A lot of the cast took to their social media to express how excited they were for the reunion special and to be given the opportunity to give everyone a little bit of happiness during these scary times. According to Chris Pratt, who played Andy on the show, the special has been filmed for some time now, and they’re all very excited to finally share it with the world. 

It makes sense that NBC would bring back one of its most beloved comedies during this time of stress and uncertainty. To put it simply, we all could use some Leslie Knope positivity during this pandemic. Parks and Recreation has previously received a Peabody Award for excellence in television programming and has been nominated for several Emmy awards. Amy Poehler even won a Golden Globe for playing Leslie Knope back in 2014. 

For the special itself, NBCUniversal and the writers/cast/producers of Parks and Recreation will be donating a total of $500,000 to Feeding America. In addition, State Farm and Subaru of America also agreed to help sponsor the special and agreed to make matching donations of $150,000 each. If you’d like to donate yourself before the special airs next week, you can visit the Feeding America website and donate any amount you like right now.