Executive producer Michael Schur said in a statement, “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."
Schur said that everyone in the cast was excited to join in on the project.
“I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes," he said. "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!”
"In such uncertain times, we can’t think of anyone better than Leslie Knope to unite our country with her unbridled enthusiasm and compassion,” said NBC Entertainment Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta in a statement.
“A huge thank you to Mike Schur and the cast of Parks and Recreation for putting this wonderful special together and bringing a smile to all our faces while raising money for such a worthwhile cause," they added.
Fans have been waiting to see the fictional residents of Pawnee, Indiana, return to their screens ever since the series finale — and it's been no secret that the comedy's stars have been open to the idea of a reboot of some kind.
Last year, Poehler told Entertainment Weekly that she was ready to put on her Leslie Knope suit at any moment.
“I’m like [her Parks and Rec character] Leslie Knope in one way, which is that I am not good at playing it cool,” Poehler told the outlet.
“So if there was an actual thing happening, you’d probably be able to pry it out of me pretty fast," the actress added.
“[Series creator] Mike Schur, our captain, is working on like, 50 shows right now but I have my suit ready,” Poehler shared. “I’m Avengers-style ready to put it on at any time."
"Again, I should probably play harder to get but that’s really not me or Leslie’s style so you know, I’m avail.”
A Parks and Recreation Special will air Thursday, April 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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