Leslie Knope and the gang are getting back together, as the cast of the popular comedy series Parks and Recreation are set to reunite for a charity special. The news comes straight from a tweet by NBC Entertainment featuring a video of star Amy Poehler speaking about the event. "Hi, it's Amy Poehler inviting you to a very special Parks and Rec," she says in the video, which promises an "all-new story" set in the sitcom's fictional universe. Poehler also notes that the special comes as part of a partnership with State Farm to raise money for the charity Feeding America. You can take a look at the video below.
As revealed in the preview, all of the major players from Parks and Rec will be returning for this new special. This means you can expect to see Poehler, Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O'Heir, and Retta reprising their characters from the show. Other characters from Pawnee are expected to be appearing on the program as well. Everyone from the cast is also filming their parts remotely at home with the story touching on current events. "Pawnee's most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing," NBC says of the special's plot.
Getting the crew back together for the new Parks and Rec special was apparently not very challenging at all for executive producer and co-creator Mike Schur. "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," 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!"
Running a half-hour in length, the charity special will feel like a new episode of the comedy series. Originally, the show ran on NBC for seven seasons between 2009 and 2015, but millions of people continuing to stream the episodes in the years since have ensured that its popularity has been maintained. This opens the door for a potential series revival down the road, and the chances of that happening would be exacerbated by the potential success of the charity special. Still, even if it's just for one-off specials from time to time, it's always going to be a treat to check back in with Ron Swanson and everyone else in Pawnee.
Feeding America, the charity supported by the Parks and Rec special episode, is currently bringing aid to hungry Americans suffering financial difficulties in these uncertain times. State Farm, Subaru of America, NBCUniversal, and the cast and crew of Parks and Rec will be contributing $500,000 in matching donations. Not only is it amazing to see new content from the comedy series, it's even better to know that it will be for a great cause. This news comes to us from NBC Entertainment on Twitter.