Just because they're separated by distance and the impact of social distancing doesn't mean Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) isn't concerned about keeping in touch with her friends and making sure they're okay. Pawnee's most dedicated civil servant is going to get that chance tonight with A Parks and Recreation Special. Of course, that doesn't mean we can't give you a sneak peek at what you can expect before its debut. In the following clip, Leslie touches-base with Ron (Nick Offerman) to see if he's good on food and practicing social distancing. For a man who can find a way to make jerky out of tofu, let's just say he's more than fine in the food department. As for social distancing? You know this is Ron Swanson she's talking to, right?
Joining Poehler and Offerman on the 30-minute special are Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Jim O'Heir, and Retta. In addition, several familiar faces from the Pawnee populace are expected to make an appearance in the special, which will be the first scripted show to air on a broadcast network that addresses the current coronavirus pandemic.
For executive producer Michael Schur, the time seemed right to get the band back together, especially for a worthy cause: "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!"
Aside from being a great opportunity to spend a little quality time with some old on-screen friends, the special is also being used to raise funds for Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund, which enables food banks to secure the resources they need to serve the most vulnerable members of our communities during these difficult times (and you can make a donation now by visiting their site here). State Farm and Subaru of America will each make matching donations of $150,000 and, combined with NBCUniversal and the writers, producers, and cast members of Parks and Recreation, a total of $500,000 in matching donations will be made through May 21.