Parks and Recreation Won't Return Unless There's a Story That 'Needs to Be Told,' Says Mike Schur

TVGuide.com | 3/22/2019 | Megan Vick
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The cast of Parks and Recreation, one of TV's most beloved comedies, reunited at PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Thursday to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary and rehash old stories, relive the best jokes, and, of course, answer whether a revival is a possibility in the near future.

The panel was moderated by Patton Oswalt, who memorably appeared on the NBC comedy, and featured show creator Michael Schur, stars Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope), Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson), Rashida Jones (Ann Perkins), Chris Pratt (Andy Dwyer), Adam Scott (Ben Wyatt), Aubrey Plaza (April Ludgate), Aziz Ansari (Tom Haverford), Rob Lowe (Chris Traeger), Retta (Donna Meagle), and Jim O'Heir (Jerry Gergich).

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While the cast was more than happy to talk about the great times they had on the show, Poehler admitted that we're in a current political climate where people are yearning for her character's eternal optimism again.

"Someone asked me in the press line about 'Do we need Leslie Knope now?' She's kind of like the Spider-Man of public service. It does feel a little bit like we're looking up at the sky like, 'Leslie, where are you?!'" the actress said. "I kind of do wish that she was around, but I don't think that she could go around and get access to the White House."

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