Parks & Recreation will air its second season finale tonight at 8:30 pm only on NBC but some lucky fans in Los Angeles got to screen the episode in full a day early. The screening event, which was held at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, also featured a Q&A with the cast and producers– including special guest stars Rob Lowe and Adam Scott– moderated by Seth Meyers who started the evening off right by joking that he was just happy the panel hadn’t been pushed to mid-season.
As announced earlier this week at the NBC Upfronts, Parks & Recreation will premiere its third season in January 2011, with a thirteen-episode mid-season order despite steady ratings and being sandwiched between breakout hit Community and old classic The Office during the Thursday night comedy block.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves! The second finale episode is entitled “Freddy Spaghetti” and features the aftermath of Pawnee’s governmental disbanding and budget cuts. Leslie (Amy Poehler), determined not to disappoint the kids of Pawnee who no longer have access to their beloved parks for the summer, decides to throw the special Freddy Spaghetti concert on her own and enlists the help of her distracted staff.
Andy (Chris Pratt) and April (Aubrey Plaza)’s relationship is also called into question when they each confess how they really feel about each other but yet another clumsy mishap on his part threatens at least their immediate future. Writer/Producer Michael Schur said that the potential romance between those two characters was something that no one expected. “It kind of came out of the hunting trip [episode],” he said, turning to both actors for confirmation. “We stuck the two of them in a room alone together to see what would happen. And it worked out because now that romantic interest can be brought more to the front.”
The creative team behind Parks & Recreation aren’t just going to kick back and celebrate tonight when their finale airs, though. They are already hard at work on season three, shooting on an odd schedule to accommodate series star Poehler’s second pregnancy. “We’re on episode four now,” Schur shared. “And we will shoot a total of six now before going on hiatus so Amy can go off and do her thing.”
Schur confirmed Lowe is back for those four, and everyone is relishing having the comedic talent of both he and Scott on-board. Schur stayed mum on whether or not Lowe’s character and Rashida Jones’ “Ann Perkins” would ever go farther than just drunkenly making out. Though Ann seems embarrassed about her actions in last week’s episode, Lowe’s character is intrigued…enough so to track her down at her place of work and ask her out. And something about this guy just says that if she turns him down, he’ll just bounce back up and try again. He’s like a puppy!
And if you’re a really big Parks & Rec fan, head over to eBay to bid on Poehler’s original National Doodle Day 2010 artwork! All proceeds go to charity!