Coronavirus has pretty much ruined most of our lives over the last month. Movies, TV, and commercials have stopped shooting, and lots of us are struggling to survive. Legitimately, I pick what I have been streaming based on whether or not I think it will transport me out of this hellscape I'm in.
So if I could, I would hug the creators, cast, and writers of Parks and Recreation, who have gathered for a reunion special that will bring our favorite residents of Pawnee back for a half-hour scripted episode in aid of coronavirus efforts.
Almost all the original cast members, including Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir, and Retta, will get back along with a few guest stars.
This is the best news ever.
The episode is hoping to raise money for Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund, according to a press release from NBC. The episode will air on April 30th at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
The episode is based on the pandemic and will follow Leslie Knope as she attempts to stay connected with her former Pawnee Parks Department co-workers in the age of social distancing, according to Entertainment Tonight.
The show's executive producer Michael Schur said they were looking for ways to help and decided that "bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money." He continued to say, "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!"
State Farm and Subaru of America will each make matching donations of $150,000, according to the release. NBCUniversal and the writers, producers, and cast of Parks and Recreation will also chip in, offering an overall total of $500,000 in matching donations through May 21st.
I can't wait to head back to Pawnee and laugh again.