NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy series Parks and Recreation will draw to a close after its seventh season, which is set to premiere mid-January. The show has followed Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a government official in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. For the upcoming final season, NBC has made plenty of alterations to the show’s schedule – moving from Thursday to Tuesday and airing two episodes a week – in an effort to give Parks and Recreation a worthy sendoff.
The show itself will see many big changes when the seventh season premieres, primarily that it will be set two years in the future. The trailer for season 7 of Parks and Recreation depicted the series’ main characters in new periods of their lives with new jobs and, in some cases, bigger families. However, the final season won’t only revisit the main cast – recurring and side characters will return as well.
EW is reporting Paul Rudd will reprise his role as Bobby Newport, heir to the Sweetums candy company, for two episodes in the show’s finale season. The character had a significant arc in season 4 of Parks and Recreation when Bobby ran against – and eventually lost to – Leslie for a City Council seat.
According to Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur, Bobby will return to possibly help Leslie’s husband Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott): “Ben needs to fill a certain position and he thinks that Bobby might be a good candidate.”
Schur also said Rudd was high on the list of guest stars the series wanted to bring back for the final season. Among the other actors that are set to appear in season 7 are former stars Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones as well as recurring/guest stars Jon Hamm, Megan Mullally, and Natalie Morales.
Although Schur’s description of how Rudd’s character will fit into the seventh season leads to more questions than answers, fans will surely be excited to see him reprise the role of Bobby Newport. Rudd and Poehler have teamed up on plenty of occasions – most recently in their riff on romantic comedies They Came Together – proving them to be a fantastic comedic duo.
However, Rudd’s two-episode appearance may be shorter than fans would like. But with only 13 episodes in the last season of Parks and Recreation, there is less time to develop characters or stories. Given the list of guest stars, it appears Schur and fellow co-creator Greg Daniels are looking to revisit fan-favorite characters and give the show (and the viewers) a satisfying sendoff in the final season.
Parks and Recreation season 7 premieres on NBC on January 13th, 2015, and will conclude with an hour-long series finale the following month on February 24th.