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Parks and Recreation’s return to NBC for its seventh and final season isn’t until some point in the future, so it makes perfect sense that the brand new trailer for the NBC comedy plays up the time jump put forth in the Season 6 finale. Grab your lightsabers and Wyld Stallyns t-shirts and step into the future of Pawnee.
Let’s start off with what is undoubtedly the most exciting part of this promo: Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) has his own TV show now, and he seems to be making his Johnny Karate persona quite literal for it. It looks like some kind of a Japanese game show, where random shit just happens as the camera zooms in and out quickly. Ninjas attack!
Then we have Leslie (SAG-nominated Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) receiving a package in the mail. Only instead of going in the mailbox, it’s being delivered by a drone. Ahhh! Not quite scary enough to make me want to make The Notebook references, but that’s clearly a Knope thing.
Tom is dressed to the nines and looks like he has another big bold idea coming up in 2017; one that possibly made him a shitload of money. He calls himself a “mogul,” but we all know how Tom likes to stretch the truth (in shiny jackets).
Nobody can forget Jerry. Or was it Gary? In any case, he’s going by the name Terry now, so we’ll have to get used to that. A more perfect foil for a bunch of ninja children to attack, there has never been. I really want to know who’s on the Man of the Year poster behind him. Chances are good that it’ll be one of many returning characters, but which one?
Not much from April here, beyond seeing her mess with a snazzy new piece of tech. Donna is also absent, which is the most disappointing thing about the promo. I mean, I could always use some Jean-Ralphio, too, but Donna is key! As far as not seeing the triplets? I’m fine with that.
This season of Parks and Recreation is going to be a little different for audiences, even aside from the time jump. Instead of staggering out all 13 episodes over 13 weeks, NBC will be airing back-to-back episodes for the first six weeks, leading up to the presumably extended series finale on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Oh yeah, and it’s on Tuesdays now, since NBC is getting all dramatic for its Thursday lineup.
Parks and Recreation will return to NBC for its farewell season on Tuesday, January 13 at 8 p.m. ET.