PaleyFest 2012: Amy Poehler and The 'Parks and Recreation' Cast Talk 'Twilight' and The Future Of The Show
Unfortunately not all the cast members were able to attend this panel as they were a last minute replacement for "The Office," who were unable to lead a panel due to production conflicts. But the "Parks and Recreation" stars made sure everyone was represented, bringing out cardboard cut outs of the cast members that weren't there and having them sit on stage as if present. We chatted with Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Retta Sirleaf, and Jim O'Heir, and the hilarity started as soon as the stars hit the carpet. Retta even performed our favorite catch phrase "Treat Yo'Self."
Inside at the panel the laughs continued. Goofing around with the cardboard cut outs, the cast and creators gave inside scoop of what's to come as well as silly pranks and backstage antics. They assured us that by this season finale we will know if Leslie Knope wins for city council.
The writers also revealed they are inspired by the actors on the show. Apparently Retta, who plays Donna on the show, is in real life a huge "Twilight" fan, so they decided to write a whole storyline around Donna's love of "Twilight." But Retta stood by her love for the series, exclaiming out to the audience of the panel, "Who's read the books? You know that s--- is f-ing good!"
The laughs continued, but whether or not the show gets a season five is still up in the air. Chris Pratt bargained that if the show is given another season he will ask his wife, funny girl Anna Ferris, to guest star on the show.
Amy Poehler also revealed she is quite the dance party enthusiast and DJ. Her idea of resting between scenes is to throw a big dance party in her trailer and to try and make the trailer bounce. She even admitted that one time the party got so big it caused an hour delay on the rest of shooting that day. Sounds like the kind of work environment we wouldn't mind having!
We know we have our fingers crossed for a season 5. Do you? You can check out "Parks and Recreation" on Thursdays at 8:30PM on NBC.