Amy Poehler is open to a Parks & Rec revival and thinks it will happen

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Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are having a mini-Parks and Recreation reunion, co-hosting a new reality competition show, Making It, on NBC. The pair stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about their new project. Since it was Nick’s first time on Ellen, he was subjected to the traditional shirtless photo (I don’t know if that’s really an Ellen tradition, I liked Amy’s idea of a “spank wagon” myself.)

Ellen brought up the fact that Nick’s wife, Megan Mullally was enjoying success on the Will and Grace revival and asked if a return to Pawnee could be possible. Amy said a reunion could happen “anytime” and Nick jokingly added, “We just had a fitting earlier.” He went on to say, “We said that if Beyoncé would play the mayor, we’ll bring the show back. This is Beyoncé Knowles, the singer, the entertainer.” Amy piped up and asserted, “I’ll speak for everybody and say we would all do it. I think we’d all do it someday, it’d be amazing.” Nick added his two cents by stating, “Amy’s the boss of the show so….”

Making It debuts on NBC on July 31. It’s a crafting competition series, where woodworkers and other “makers” engage in some friendly competition to earn “dope” patches and win some “walking around money,” $100,000 to be exact. I could do some good walking around with that amount of dough. Nick is a talented woodworker and Amy told Ellen he made her some Parks and Rec-inspired pieces, including a cutting board shaped like the fictional city of Pawnee and an oar made from some of the doors from the show’s set. When asked if she was crafty, Amy told Ellen “You always need someone to hold things, like, ‘Hold on. I’m almost done, hold this.’ and I’m really good at that kind of stuff.” So, that’s a no.

Amy and Nick also joined Ellen for a round of “Wood You Rather” based on Nick’s special skill. He proudly asserted, “I can identify many species of wood by their smell.” True to his word, Nick correctly identified all five wood samples, as well as a shot of tequila, which Nick referred to as “Mexican hard wood.” Both he and Amy received Ellen patches for their efforts.

I love Nick and Amy together, they’ve got a great rapport. NBC had a ht with the Will and Grace revival and I would love to see the Parks and Rec gang get back together. The only thing I wouldn’t love would be if they took Retta away from Good Girls. I love that show (and I’m not just saying that because I was an extra onan episode this past season). I’m also looking forward to Making It. I love competitions where people with talents I will never possess show off what they can do. I, like Amy, am also quite skilled in holding stuff and that’s about it.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    P&R had such a great, lifetime spanning ending, I’m not sure how they would revisit it. I love the show more than any other, so of course I would watch, but I’m ok with leaving it as is.
    I’m looking forward to Nick and Amy‘s new show together though.

  2. HeyThere! says:

    I am here for all of this!!! Plus, I also love Good Girls! It’s a show my husband and I watch together!

  3. Eric says:

    As much as I liked P&R, it’s a bit soon to be talking about a revival.

    As an aside, what do you do about Aziz?

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, Aziz, yikes. They could easily continue without him, as entertaining as Tom Haverford always was.

      As for a revival, it is too soon. But the show hasn’t been off that long, I’d see it as just a renewal after a brief hiatus. I like that better actually than rebooting a show no one wants to see again. *cough Roseann cough*

  4. Slowsnow says:

    Please please please reality, let Amy Poehler really be as awesome, generous, badass and comedic genius she seems to be. PLEAAASSSEEEEEEE.

    PS: when I complain about politicians at home my kids always say “they’re no Leslie Knope that’s for sure”. This is how much this show means to us. So, no revival. Let it be what it is.

    • Esmom says:

      I agree. I just love her and Leslie Knope is my benchmark, too, lol.

      And it’s funny that I never noticed how totally hot Offerman is until recently. He did a really great job of concealing that as Ron Swanson.

      My 17 year old watches The Office all the time, can’t seem to let it go. I told him this summer I have made it my mission to get him to watch Parks and Rec. I think he’d love it just as much but just doesn’t know it yet.

      • slowsnow says:

        Mine haven’t discovered The Office yet bc my husband finds it depressing (what can I do). But they LOVE Parks & Rec from ages 8-18. It works for everyone in some way. There is some colourful language but I don’t care.

        I also had the same epiphany about Offerman recently too! LOL. Totally hot.

      • Esmom says:

        I agree that The Office is depressing, despite some real humor. I also think it’s kinda strange for kids to like it when they haven’t had the actual experience of working in an office and to know how true the dynamics are.

        One line from Parks & Rec that would make me cringe with smaller kids is when Ron is reminiscing about Tammy: “That woman really knows her way around a penis.” Lol, I don’t know why that stuck with me.

      • Slowsnow says:

        @Esmon, The Office might remind them of school in a way? I haven’t watched in a long time and I guess it is depressing to us bc it makes us think of real offices we either worked in or have a peak at once in a while (brrr).
        Every scene with Tammy is totally inappropriate! Very uncomfortable to watch. Also hilarious when you look at the complete disgust in our little one’s face – he is at that age where anything sexual is completely fascinating and utterly repugnant to him.
        I tend to think that that is how they start learning what sex can be (it is so mysterious at that age) and what it can involve. We’re quite liberal with language as long as they don’t use it in school (the result having been that they hate cursing until their teens so far). I find that more manageable (in either a referenced way or totally outrageous and comical way) than the “real” sex scenes you have in every action film around. Those make me cringe more if that makes sense.

      • TeamAwesome says:

        My students (Community College) are obsessed with The Office. Ironically, none of them have seen Community.

      • lucy2 says:

        LOL about them not watching Community.
        With the Office, I think the characters and their relationship dynamics are relatable even without office work experience.
        P&R is just soooo good and funny, while also with a very positive message about working hard, caring about what you do, caring about people, and just being a good person. Also that one person can make a difference. And that women are equal to men. I could go on. I wish it could be required viewing for all appropriate age kids. I wish I’d had Leslie Knope in my life as a kid.

      • Slowsnow says:

        Yes, that’s it, @lucy2 I like The Office but it’s very cynical and jokes about seriously traumatic professional experiences whereas P&R can be extremely fun with a flawed but selfless character going into politics, trying to make a change etc. It’s uplifting. Like Totoro, I wish there was Leslie Knope in real life.

        “I am big enough to say that I sometimes am inspired by myself”. (Leslie Knope – I’m paraphrasing but it’s something like that).

  5. Sam says:

    Didn’t Chris Pratt say recently that he missed how fun parks and rec was, and how it was a simpler time for him? Considering he broke out big, it sounded like he wants to return to Pawnee as well.

  6. Baebae says:

    I was a huge Amy Poehler and Parks and Rec fan until I realized she cares nothing about women who look like me. Her dismissal of the need to discuss black women and their role on SNL as well as the joke she wrote about R.Kelly urinating on Blue Ivy left me with such a terrible view of her.

  7. Amelie says:

    I loooove this show. I discovered it once it was off the air one day when I was sick home from work and was bored and had heard it was a decent show. I prefer it to The Office. While I enjoy The Office, it is not a show I can binge watch. I can binge watch Parks and Rec anytime! The writing was amazing, the cast was so talented, and they captured the pettiness of small town politics so well. People might think it’s an exaggeration that people from a small town like Pawnee are just caricatures and while I never actually went to a Town Hall in my hometown, I can’t tell you how many people get up in arms about things like leaf blower bans, coyote sightings (my hometown newspaper police blotter will list coyote sightings because people report them to police) and trying to sue to avoid Home Depot opening its doors in the town next door because it would bring “congestion” and “so much traffic” to our small city (Home Depot opened and it did not cause more traffic). I rewatch the whole series once a year.

    Not sure I would want the show to come back but maybe occasional Pawnee updates on Youtube or something would be nice. :)

  8. Valerie says:

    Leslie Knope, I like. Amy on her own, not so much.

  9. Faithmobile says:

    In about 5 years a P&R reunion will be very welcome, can’t wait for the maker show, until then I will continue to watch and learn from YouTube. Yesterday I learned how to attach rivets to leather and made a leather basket.

  10. Oik says:

    I think a P&R reboot should wait a while but anything that gets Nick Offerman on my screen on the regular is fine by me. I would watch him read the dictionary.