NBC has released a new trailer for the upcoming Parks and Recreation special. The network surprised fans of the beloved comedy recently by revealing that a brand new, half-hour episode with the entire cast returning would be arriving this week. Now, we get a small glimpse at what social distancing looks like for the Pawnee gang, as Leslie and Ron discuss what they've been up to during the quarantine.
The trailer is brief, but it sees Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope catching up with her old friend and former boss, Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman. During the quarantine, Ron has been spending time at his cabin, which shouldn't come as any surprise to fans of the show. We also find out that Ron Swanson has been avoiding trips to the grocery store, most likely Food and Stuff, in favor of hunting his own meat. Apparently, Ron has had a lot of luck with deer, as he has an impressive stockpile of venison jerky.
It is undoubtedly a bit strange to see the sitcom presented like a Zoom chat between friends, but the episode will be tackling the very situation so many of us find ourselves in right now. Fans have been hoping for a Parks and Recreation Reunion for years and, at long last, they're getting one. Co-creator Mike Schur explained in a statement that it came together as NBC was looking for a way to help people out.
"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!"
Any money raised from the fundraiser set up for the episode will go to benefit Feeding America. NBC has partnered with State Farm and Subaru of America, who are both making donations of $150,000. Between the writers, producers and cast members, matching donations of up to $500,000 will be made as well. Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O'Heir and Retta will also be participating in the special. The episode, which was shot on iPhones by the cast members at their homes, sees Leslie Knope determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.
Parks and Recreation originally aired from 2009 to 2015. Across seven seasons, 125 episodes aired and the show was met with widespread critical acclaim. The series has also found a huge second life on streaming services in the years since it went off the air. The Parks and Recreation special will be airing on NBC this Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Be sure to check out the trailer from the NBC YouTube channel for yourself.