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'Parks and Recreation' cast will reunite for special to raise money for COVID-19 relief

'Parks and Recreation' cast will reunite for special to raise money for COVID-19 relief
Posted at 9:49 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 11:52:42-04

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

Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and Aziz Ansari are among the sitcom’s main stars who will take part in the half-hour special airing 8:30 p.m. Eastern Thursday, April 30, on NBC.

In promo posted to Instagram, Poehler said the cast will all shoot their parts for the special from their homes to abide by stay-at-home orders.

The story reflects the real-life crisis, with Poehler’s Leslie Knope striving to stay in touch with her friends while observing social distancing.

NBC says contributions will go to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which is helping food banks serve vulnerable community members.

“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,” co-creator Mike Schur said in a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly and Variety. “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!”

“Parks and Recreation,” about an Indiana’s town public officials, ended its seven-season run in 2015.