‘Parks and Recreation’: Jim O’Heir on the ‘Great’ COVID Reunion and ‘All It Takes’ To Bring the Cast Together

From the day Parks and Recreation away from the air in 2015, listeners have been wanting to reunite or revive. They got that just in 2020, when a new program appeared, which was almost entirely filmed. Read on to find out what one star said about why the special TV it worked so well, and what would it take for another like it.

‘Parks and Recreation’ was broadcast for 7 seasons on NBC

The acclaimed NBC series premiered in 2009. Amy Poehler starred as Leslie Knope, an employee at her Indiana city Parks Department, and the interactions with her friends and staff. . The popular team also included Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, and Jim O’Heir.

Parks and Ath it came to an end after seven successful seasons, allowing co-creator Mike Schur to finish on his terms. The team has moved on to other well-known roles over the years, but the show is hugely popular, with much disappointment when it left Netflix for NBC’s streaming service, Peacock.

The team reunited for ‘Special Parks and Recreation’

'Special Parks and Recreation'
‘Special Parks and Recreation’ NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

After years of considering revival opportunities (as well as a reunion at PaleyFest 2019), the team came together for something a little smaller: A Parks and Recreation Special. In the 30-minute program they returned to their characters to raise money and provide relief through the infectious coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

“We had no intention of doing that,” O’Heir explained in a 2020 interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “People are on our toes all the time [about a reunion]. ”After Schur and the team agreed to make a record read, the creator came up with another idea. ‘He says,’ Boys, what if we do a new program? ‘And we were swept away. ”

Jim O’Heir is ‘really proud’ of the 2020 program

Jim O'Heir as Jerry Gergich in 'Parks and Recreation'
Jim O’Heir as Jerry Gergich in ‘Parks and Recreation’ Colleen Hayes / NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images

“I think it came out really well,” O’Heir continued, noting that they had raised “more than $ 5 million” to feed America. “People have seen what they like about each character they know and became fond of,” said an actor who he feels was “so clever about that reunion event.”

Of course, it wasn’t just the main team that fans liked. O’Heir specifically called for recycling Parks and Ath stars like Jay Jackson (Perd Hapley) and Mo Collins (Joan Callamezzo, whom he considered a “spread message.”) “I think it turned out great,” O’Heir reiterated. the special thing. “We were very proud of him.

Why another reunion might happen in the future

Could there be another Parks and Ath reunion on the horizon? O’Heir says that it would go together if Schur came up with another idea. “We always joke because people are like, well, it would be so hard to get boys together now because everyone has jobs,” he said, especially announcing Pratt licensing work.

But that doesn’t work. “I can speak for all of us when I say we would be back,” O’Heir said. “If Mike says that, we’re back. All of us. I mean, record that we had to work out accordingly [on] what else are we working on. But we would all be back. All it takes is a phone call from Mike. And we would all be back. “

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