‘Parks and Recreation’ Reunion: The Very Good Reason Why There May Never Be a Revival

IndieWire | 3/23/2019 | Staff
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In the age of reboots and revivals, not even flashing forward 50 years to provide definitive closure for every character can keep the question of a comeback at bay. That’s how it felt in the Dolby Theater Thursday evening when the cast and creator of “Parks and Recreation” gathered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their premiere, and the sold-out audience waited with bated breath for news of more new episodes.

What would it take to bring back “Parks and Rec”?

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“I think in the world we live in now nothing is ever gone,” Michael Schur told Patton Oswalt, the panel moderator and former guest star on “Parks and Rec.” “I think everyone on this stage — and like six other people — would have to feel like there’s a story that needed to be told. What I felt personally, the show had an argument to make and the argument was about teamwork, friendship, positivity, being an optimist […] and believing people can do good and the power of public service, and that with good people around you […] good things are possible. […] I don’t feel like we left anything on the table, really. I feel like the show made its argument.”

Schur pointed to the flash-forward finale, in which the narrative moves years ahead again and again to give an ending to each main character, as another reason not to resurrect the series.

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“Maybe this was a preventative measure, but we jumped into the year 2074 — we saw Jerry die peacefully in his sleep holding the hand of his wife, Christie Brinkley,” Schur said.

Still, even with a perfect ending for Jim O’Brien’s lovable bungler and many other characters, Schur left the door ever so slightly open to a return.


“It felt like the most important thing I would ever do,” he said....
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