Here's What It Would Take for a 'Parks and Recreation' Revival to Happen
The Parks and Recreation reunion at Paleyfest 2019 was everything a fan could dream of. From the hilariously on-point introductions, down to forgetting Larry's — or was it Jerry's — chair at the panel, fans and the rest of the Parks and Rec team had plenty to celebrate. But it had everyone in the audience — and at home — wondering if a Parks and Recreation revival series would happen eventually.
With the Gilmore Girls reunion panel bringing on a four-part revival on Netflix shortly after and plenty of classic television shows getting the same revival treatment nowadays, it's hard not to get our hopes up. So will Parks and Rec get a reboot now that a reunion has happened? Will we get to see our favorite characters back in Pawnee? Will we ever see Leslie Knope tackle the Trump administration? Here's everything we know so far from Paleyfest.
During the Parks and Rec reunion panel, series co-creator Mike Schur revealed that he is up for a potential reboot... under one very specific condition.
“I think that in the world that we live in now, nothing is ever gone,” Schur said at Paleyfest. "Everyone on this stage — and like six other people — would have to feel like there was a story that needed to be told."
So what exactly would it take for Schur to pick up Parks and Rec again?
“There was nothing I loved more than working on the show," Schur said, according to TV Line. I would never ever say never. The chance to do it again, should it arise, would be incredible. But I think we’d only do it if we all felt like there was some compelling reason to do it… [Each cast member] would have a veto. If one single person says, ‘No,’ we wouldn’t do it.”
While we're a little bummed this wasn't just an immediate yes, if we're being honest, this was the most Parks and Rec answer ever and we appreciate it.
So how likely is the Parks and Rec team to star in a reboot? Prior to the Paleyfest panel, a few members of the cast spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about a potential revival series.
Amy Poehler revealed that she would be up for it if Schur was willing to do more.
"I am so not cool, so from minute one I've been like I'm down. Tell me where to go, I'll clear my schedule," Poehler said. "I mean, Mike Schur currently produces and writes on, I think, 14 shows, so it'll really be whenever he is 'tech avail,' as we like to say in the biz. But yeah, I'm ready."
Nick Offerman also voiced the same opinion as Poehler. "I'll do anything Parks and Rec as long as the brass is behind it," Offerman told the publication. "I mean, the gifts that that show is brought to me I'm still collecting every day, and I don't imagine I'll ever feel that I've fully repaid them."
While THR explained that Aubrey Plaza had previously stated that she felt like it was "too soon" for a revival, she then told the publication that she would "do anything with those people," at the Paleyfest carpet. So what does that mean for Plaza?
"It's hard to recreate magic, [so] not yet," Plaza said. "But I want to be around [the cast] all the time. They're the best. I never have had more fun in my life. They're my family."
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