Amid talk of a possible Parks and Recreation revival, star Chris Pratt says he would love to return to play lovable goofball Andy Dwyer. It only went off the air in 2015, but already NBC's Parks and Recreation is being talked up as the next potential TV revival target. For her part, series producer and star Amy Poehler says she would return to play her character Leslie Knope, the go-getter from Pawnee, Indiana who taught audiences the coolness of civic responsibility (as well as the awesomeness of waffles).
Revival fever has of course gripped television in a big way lately, both for good and for bad. The trend has occasionally resulted in some huge ratings success stories, with ABC's Roseanne revival leading the way on that front. But reviving Roseanne also resulted in giant controversy after star Roseanne Barr went on a racist Twitter rant, forcing ABC to cancel their highly-rated new/old show. Controversies aside, some wonder if revival fever is a healthy condition or a sign that TV is in bad shape when it comes to creativity.
All that being said, fans can't stop speculating about the possibility of bringing their favorite shows back from the dead. Parks and Recreation has been the subject of a lot of such speculation lately, and E! couldn't help but bring the issue up with Chris Pratt as he walked the red carpet at the recent Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom premiere. Though Pratt has gone on from his Parks and Rec days to become a mega-movie star, the actor says he still has a soft spot in his heart for Andy Dwyer and would absolutely return for more Parks and Rec. He told E!:
"As long as I'm in town, yah, I'll do it. It films like 10 minutes from my house so that would be dope. I miss Andy too. I would love it. I know I would do it."
When asked what Andy might be up to on the revival, Pratt came up with an appropriately wacky and very Andy Dwyer suggestion:
"I think [Andy] becomes a weatherman. He would be a good weatherman. He would have no idea what he's even saying."
Pratt's knuckleheaded Andy Dwyer was a perfect example of a bit character who captured audiences' hearts and saw his role expand accordingly. He began the series as the goofy boyfriend of Leslie Knope's best friend Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), just there to add some wackiness with his silly songs and other harmless antics. After his break-up with Ann, Andy arguably had no continued purpose on the show, but they kept finding ways to keep him around. The master-stroke came when writers paired him with Aubrey Plaza's April Ludgate, finding comedic gold in the the unlikely meshing of unwaveringly cheerful Andy and eternally unimpressed April.
Despite the critical acclaim Parks and Recreation received during its seven season run on NBC, the show never did achieve big ratings. Perhaps if they did revive the show, Pratt's massive star power, which only began building late in the series' run, would be enough to draw in the big numbers networks crave.