Parks and Recreation was a consistently funny show during its seven seasons on NBC. Sadly, Parks and Rec came to an end back in 2015, and fans had to say goodbye to the ensemble that had brought so many laughs. Now, Netflix has found an amazingly bizarre way to reunite two Parks and Rec stars on a totally different show. Amy Poehler and Adam Scott will both appear in the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. Check 'em out!
Yes, Adam Scott will be playing the Wet Hot American Summer role originated by Bradley Cooper in the 2001 movie and then reprised by Cooper in the first season of the Netflix revival. In a fun twist, the character is actually named Ben, which makes Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later the second time that Adam Scott has played somebody named Ben in a project already starring Amy Poehler.
These are two very different Bens, however. The Parks and Rec Ben was an endearingly nerdy math whiz of a government employee, whereas the Wet Hot American Summer Ben was a gay camp counselor and talent show master who pretended to date Susie so that nobody would figure out his secret. Both dynamics were funny, but both were very different. It should be fun to see how Adam Scott works opposite Amy Poehler as Ben 2.0.
If there's any show that can pull off recasting Bradley Cooper with Adam Scott, that show is undeniably Wet Hot American Summer. This is a series that brought back the original movie cast 14 years later to play the same characters in a prequel without bothering to comment on clear signs of aging from everybody (except for Paul Rudd). If we weren't going to get Bradley Cooper back, I'd say Adam Scott wearing a Bradley Cooper wig and gabbing with Amy Poehler's Susie about plastic surgery is pretty much perfect.
It seems that Ben has done pretty well for himself in the ten years since the end of Wet Hot American Summer. The preview reveals that his marriage to McKinley is still going strong, and they even have a baby. So what if they need a nanny? They found one played by Alyssa Milano! Susie doesn't seem to be in a state of wedded bliss, but who needs romance when you can dress up in totally epic 80s fashion? While I'll miss Bradley Cooper as Ben, I'm pretty excited about Adam Scott.
Adam Scott and Alyssa Milano aren't the only newcomers who will join the Camp Firewood alums on Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. Other newbies will include Samm Levine, Mark Feuerstein, Jai Courtney, and Dax Shepard. The season will run for eight episodes and debut on Netflix on Friday, August 4 at 12:01 a.m. PT. For all the other shows to hit Netflix in 2017, check out our Netflix premiere guide.