Tuesday, December 21st at 7:30pm
From the masterminds behind The Office comes a new mockumentary series following the not-so-glamorous lives of local government workers in Pawnee, Indiana, in C4’s brand new series Parks and Recreation, premiering on Tuesday, December 21st at 7:30pm on C4.
Parks and Recreation stars Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) as a mid-level bureaucrat who tries to beautify her town – and advance her political career – via the hilariously mundane world of local government.
When series creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur were trying to decide on a location in which to set the series, they struggled to find the perfect state. After eliminating the soaring mountains of Idaho and Montana, because the scenery couldn’t be re-created in Southern California, they turned their attention to the Midwest.
“What we really wanted was a state or a location that didn’t skew the audience in a particular direction,” Michael Schur explains.
“Obama was from Illinois, and Michigan was the car industry, which was struggling. Even Ohio had a big election kerfuffle. Indiana just seemed like a state in America that doesn’t make people think in any particular direction.”
They settled on the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, as the hometown of enthusiastic local-government official Leslie Knope, whose optimism about effecting change within Pawnee’s parks and recreation department stands in direct contrast to the attitudes of her co-workers and supervisor.
“Cynicism will always be the evil that lurks around the corner for her,” says Poehler, who is also a producer on the show.
Although both Daniels and Schur serve as executive producers on The Office, and both The Office and Parks and Recreation use mockumentary style storytelling, the creators explains that Parks and Recreation is entirely it’s own entity.
“We look at mockumentary as a genre,” Schur says. “No one ever even noted the fact that there used to be 27 multi-camera shows on. It’s just a storytelling device.”
In fact, the pair considered several other ideas in other formats and decided the flexibility of the mockumentary would benefit the production.
“It makes production very actor-friendly in that we’re not that fussy about lighting, it’s all hand-held. So most of our day is spent actually performing, and that allows the actors to improvise,” Daniels explains.
Don’t miss Parks and Recreation when the series premieres on Tuesday, December 21st at 7:30pm on C4.