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A PARKS AND RECREATION SPECIAL
April 30, 2020  | By David Bianculli

NBC, 8:29 p.m. ET

 
SERIES RETURN: It’s a return only for this one special episode, for now – but boy, is this suddenly produced and announced “socially distanced” episode a welcome TV treat. (Not only welcome, but generous: It's also a benefit, for Feeding America.) Amy Poehler, returning as Leslie Knope, is worried, during this pandemic shutdown, about her Parks and Recreation friends and colleagues, and so she checks in with them, in and beyond Pawnee, by computer, five years after we last saw them together. Expect lots of surprises, lots of guest stars – and, since Schur just wrapped up the super-thoughtful The Good Place, lots to ponder, even when the show is over. I haven’t seen it, so that’s just an educated guess. But hey: I’m a professor of TV Studies, so it is an educated guess… And I'm also guessing that, since Schur carefully titled this effort A Parks and Recreation Special, the "A" suggests that, in time, that leads the door open for "Another." Here's hoping. And Knope-ing... For a review, see Mike Hughes' Open Mike.
 
 
 
 
 
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