The original cast is set to return, including Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O’Heir and Retta, CNN reported. Other guest stars from the show are also expected to make an appearance.
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 episode’s storyline will be connected to the coronavirus pandemic and how the characters handle social distancing, according to People magazine.
“The story comes from the events of the day — Pawnee’s most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing,” NBC said in a press release, according to People.
The special will help raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, according to HuffPost. State Farm and Subaru of America will match all donations that are made up to $150,000.
“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,” the show’s executive producer, Mike Schur, said in a statement according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes.”
“In such uncertain times, we can’t think of anyone better than Leslie Knope to unite our country with her unbridled enthusiasm and compassion,” Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, NBC Entertainment Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, said in a statement according to People.
NBC will air the special on April 30 at 8 p.m. ET, according to People.