Tonight “Parks and Recreation” on NBC will take two of its main characters down a road that most successful shows go down- a wedding episode. But, somehow, it feels like this one will be different.
Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) and Ben Wyatt (played by Adam Scott) will tie the knot in the first of two episodes tonight. Poehler, Scott and executive producer Michael Schur took part in a media conference call Feb. 20.
When asked how the show can avoid decline after finally getting these two characters together and married, Poehler said, “What I love about ‘Parks’ is that, you know, if you care about this couple, you’ve got to see over the past couple years so much change happen with them and it’s really satisfying the show hasn’t killed us with low expectation and will they/won’t they- which I love. And I love that ‘Parks’ continues to like let characters change and like actually have things happen, like life goes on in the world, like the world, like what happens in the real world.
Schur said, “I would say that part of the joy of the two characters and their relationship is that they have three-dimensional lives and they’re both very committed not only to each other but their careers and to their friends and to the just, you know, living a sort of full life. And it’s, you know, I think that maybe if there’s a trap that you can fall into it’s that you have to just tell the story repeatedly just about the relationship and that can get kind of boring. But we don’t have that problem.
“And so I think you’ll see right away that there’s a sort of blueprint going forward where, you know, yes they’re married now but, you know, they also have other aspects of their lives that are very important to them. And so I hope and very much feel like that will be the thing that keeps it from seeming like the- quote - magic is gone- end quote- because it’s not their lives have never been about each other. That’s a huge part of their lives and they love each other and they have a wonderful relationship and hopefully a great marriage going forward. But there’s a lot of other stuff going on and I think you’ll see that in the 9 o’clock episode.
“It really speaks to the quality of writing of this show that there’s a lot of kind of foreshadowing of their relationship in the sense that these are two kind of three-dimensional characters that really sort of fit together and they see things in each other that no one else really sees and kind of hit these buttons with each other right off the bat,” Scott said.
“And so I think that, you know, there’s just more to it. From the very start there was more to it than a simple will they or won’t they or kind of a device like that. And so I think that them being married now just sort of fits in naturally with that. It’s not like there’s anything to be lost by them joining together permanently, you know.”
When asked by this reporter what surprises viewers could expect and if vice president Joe Biden would be making another appearance, Schur said, “There are many surprises, and one very special guest, but the vice president will not be in attendance. (He is always in Leslie’s heart, though.)”
As far as the other characters’ involvement, Scott said, “everybody has a job to fill of the main cast” in the wedding. Tom (Aziz Ansari) will be the officiant, and will have to be ordained online. Donna (Retta) will also sing at the wedding.
Schur also spilled the beans on another upcoming appearance- Patton Oswalt will appear on a future episode.
Two episodes (“Leslie and Ben” and “Correspondents’ Lunch”) will air tonight starting at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.