Parks and Recreation is making a welcome return in a one-off special to raise money for the Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, who are providing additional assistance to food banks across the US during the current pandemic. The show will feature the original cast and air this Thursday, 30th April at 8.30pm ET/PT on NBC.
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
This episode will bring the Parks and Rec team into the present day as Leslie Knope tries to check in with all the team while they isolate at home. Amy Poehler will be joined (via the internet) by cast members Rashida Jones, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Rob Lowe, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Jim O’Heir and Retta. A press release teased that “special guest stars from the Pawnee universe may pop in” as well.
In a statement, Parks and Rec creator Mike Schur said, “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!”
Parks and Recreation started in 2009 and the last episode aired in 2015.