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The ‘Parks and Recreation’ Quarantine Special Was Perfect. Please, Nobody Else Do This.

Does anyone actually want TV shows and movies to tackle life under coronavirus quarantine? Parks and Recreation’s one-time reunion special proved Thursday night that there may be exactly one case when the answer to that question is yes. And this was it. 

It’s inevitable that once the world opens up again, so will the floodgates on all the attempts to encapsulate this very unusual time on screen. (How long after this until the teens of Riverdale solve a murder via Zoom?) The apathy, bordering on allergy, to the prospect of this was evident earlier this week when Netflix ordered a quarantine anthology series titled Social Distance from Orange Is the New Black’s Jenji Kohan, an announcement met with the social media equivalent of a loud groan. 

Maybe that’s because the thought of being reminded of the unnerving peculiarities of life right now once it’s all over is

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Parks and Recreation’s Reunion Special Is a Such a Gift

Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ron (Nick Offerman), together again, albeit apart.
Photo: YouTube

A Parks and Recreation Special, the socially distanced, one-off reunion episode of the beloved NBC comedy, is an act of service. That’s true in the sense that it exists to raise money for Feeding America. But it’s also true because the whole episode was well-executed, heartfelt fan service.

The term “fan service” usually applies in a negative sense to moments that cater too blatantly to fan desires. The Parks and Rec reunion, in keeping with that concept, was packed with callbacks and Easter eggs designed to strike a chord with loyal viewers of the show, which ended its run in 2015 after a final season that flash-forwarded Pawnee’s finest to 2017. But all the shoutouts didn’t feel like pandering so much as gifts from the team that worked on the series and wanted to do something

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‘A Parks and Recreation Special’: Watch Full Special

“This is not the way TV is be supposed to be made.”

This was Michael Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, on a call with reporters earlier this week to discuss the improbable creation and production of A Parks and Recreation Special. The half-hour bonus episode of the beloved NBC comedy, which aired its series finale back in 2015, was conceived as a way to raise money for Feeding America. Written by Schur and many other Parks and Rec alums, and featuring virtually the entire cast(*), plus familiar friends who guest-starred in the original run, the special was designed and shot to accommodate the ongoing quarantine. The action takes place during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the actors all filmed their parts separately using iPhones. The plot, such as it exists, involves Poehler’s superhumanly optimistic civil servant Leslie Knope checking in on all her loved ones during this time

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‘Parks and Recreation’ reunion special shot on iPhone


 

Popular NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” which last aired in 2015, is set to broadcast a special reunion episode this week to raise funds in aid of coronavirus response efforts, with the half-hour show filmed entirely on iPhone.

The “Parks and Recreation” cast returns Thursday for a reunion special that was shot on iPhone. | Source: NBC

As can be expected, coordinating the scripted event while much of the U.S. is under strict quarantine orders was “very difficult,” “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur told Variety.

First Schur contacted a handful of writers from the show, who wrote the script in less than three days, then the team sent a “little rig with a tripod,” iPhone, light and microphones to cast members. Directors and executive producers Morgan Sackett and Dean Holland, along with script supervisor Valeria

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Reunion: Scripted Fundraiser Special on NBC

Our Pawnee pals are back… and for a good cause.

The cast of Parks and Recreation will reunite for a one-off scripted special to raise money for food banks during the coronavirus crisis, TVLine has learned. The half-hour special, titled A Parks and Recreation Special, will air Thursday, April 30 at 8:30/7:30c on NBC, and will feature the full Parks and Rec cast reprising their roles, including Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Retta and Jim O’Heir. (“Several guest stars from the Pawnee universe” may appear as well, per the network.)

The scripted special’s story is ripped directly from today’s pandemic-heavy headlines: “Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.” (Yep, we could’ve guessed that Leslie would be the one to organize a massive

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Parks and Recreation Cast Reuniting For a Scripted Special

Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation

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The news we didn’t know we were waiting for is here: the Parks and Recreation cast is reuniting, and not just for a fun Zoom party. 

We are getting a scripted reunion special, featuring Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Retta, Jim O’Heir, and Rob Lowereprising their roles from the show for one very special night on NBC. And it’s coming sooner than you might be thinking: IN A WEEK. 

Next Thursday at 8:30 p.m., the cast will return as their characters in a half-hour special titled “A Parks and Recreation Special,” set in the current times. 

“Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing,” the description reads. 

The whole event is dedicated to raising money and

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‘Parks and Recreation’ cast reuniting for special episode to raise funds for Covid relief

LOS ANGELES: ‘Parks and Recreation’ and its band of misfits are coming back for a one-time scripted special episode to raise funds for charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

All the stars of the sitcom – Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir and Retta – will be returning for the Universal TV-produced special, reported Deadline.

Some other familiar faces from the show might be returning as well.

The half-hour special, which will air on NBC on April 30, will find Pawnee, Indiana’s most dedicated public servant, Leslie Knope (Poehler), determined to stay connected with her friends and colleagues during a time of social distancing.

The special will raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which helps food banks secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable members of their communities.

Michael Schur, who co-created the show

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‘Parks and Recreation’ cast reunites for fundraising special

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Amy Poehler, MARCH 21, 2019 FILE PHOTO

FILE – In this March 21, 2019 file photo, Amy Poehler arrives at the “Parks and Recreation” 10th anniversary reunion during the 36th annual PaleyFest in Los Angeles. Five years after audiences said goodbye to the show, the cast will reunite for NBC and Universal Television’s all-original “A Parks and Recreation Special” to benefit Feeding America. The special is set to air Thursday, April 30. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The original cast members of “Parks and Recreation” are getting back to work for a coronavirus-related fundraising special.

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, April 30, on NBC.

The story reflects the real-life crisis, with Poehler’s Leslie Knope

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