Parks and Recreation to get 8th Season on Netflix, NBC developing Donna-based spinoff
MANHATTAN -- On Thursday, Twitter basically fainted as Netflix announced that it's bringing back the beloved feminist NBC comedy series "Parks and Recreation" for an eighth season.
According to Deadline, the entire original cast of Parks & Rec has signed on for the Netflix reboot, including Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler, Retta, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Jim O'Heir, and Bill Eichner.
In a press release announcing the reboot, Netflix said, "President Hillary Rodham Clinton proves that in 2017, Americans need hard-working, earnest, and courageous public servants like the unsinkable, irrepressible and indispensable Leslie Knope now more than ever," it said. "Also, we gave 'Gilmore Girls' another season. So why not bring back a truly wonderful show that people actually miss?"
New episodes of Parks & Rec will drop in 2018. But viewers may get Pawnee-related programming sooner than that:
According to Variety, NBC is in serious contract talks with Retta about starring in "Treat Yo Self," a Parks & Rec spinoff that will be based on the life and times of Donna Meagle, costarring Questlove. The spinoff is being produced by Poehler's production company, Paper Kite Productions.
In emails, New York magazine TV critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Gazelle Emami responded to questions about the latest Parks & Rec developments with away messages that read, "We can't answer emails right now because we're out drinking celebratory shots with Scott Meslow, Emily Nussbaum and James Poniewozik at the Snakehole Lounge."