Sitcom favorite Parks and Recreation is returning for a half-hour special episode on NBC to raise money for the charity Feeding America, it’s been announced. The episode will air on April 30 at 8:30 PM ET / PT.
CHARACTERS: WHO IS RETURNING?
The half-hour special, focusing on the characters as they live in self-isolation, was conceived by creator Michael Schur. He emailed the cast with the idea, and they all got back to him confirming their involvement within 45 minutes, according to THR.
Who’s returning for the Parks and Recreation reunion special? Confirmed so far are stars:
- Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
- Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins
- Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford
- Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson
- Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate
- Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer
- Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt
- Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger
- Retta as Donna Meagle
- Jim O’Heir (Jerry/Garry/Terry/Lenny/Larry Gergich).
Other special guests are likely to join them, it’s been hinted. Don’t bet against fan favorites like Jean-Ralphio Saperstein making an appearance.
“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,” said executive producer Michael Schur 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 episode, scripted by Schur and former Parks and Rec writers, will see Leslie trying to maintain regular contact with her pals and co-workers during self-isolation. It’ll be interesting to see how the show explains why the various in-universe couples aren’t isolating together. Amy Poehler marked the announcement with a short video, which you can watch below: