Coronavirus Outbreak: Parks and Recreation cast to reunite on 30 April for half-hour fundraising special at NBC
Parks and Recreation's half-hour fundraising special will air at 8:30 pm EDT on 30 April, on NBC.
Los Angeles: The original cast members of Parks and Recreation are getting back to work for a coronavirus-related fundraising special.
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Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott are among the sitcom’s stars to be featured in the half-hour special airing 8:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, 30 April, on NBC.
Here's the official announcement
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
The story reflects the real-life crisis, with Poehler’s Leslie Knope striving to stay in touch with her friends while observing social distancing.
“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. “I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes.”
Schur said he hopes everyone enjoys the special and, as he said in a statement, “donates!”
Contributions will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which is helping food banks serve vulnerable community members, NBC said. Up to $500,000 in donations made through May 21 will be matched with contributions from NBC Universal, the sitcom’s cast, writers and producers, and State Farm and Subaru of America.
Parks and Recreation, about an Indiana’s town idiosyncratic public officials, ended its seven-season run in 2015.
Other cast members taking part in the special include Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir and Retta. Guests from the sitcom’s “Pawnee universe may pop in,” NBC said.
(With inputs from The Associated Press)
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