NBC's television comedy series Parks and Recreation, created by Emmy award winning The Office veterans Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, is in town this week filming scenes for the series’ season opener. Mayor Vincent C. Gray will visit the set this afternoon at the US Capitol, where he will meet the cast and speak with producers about filming more of the series in the District. Mayor Gray spoke with NBC executives in Los Angeles last year about his administration's interest in attracting more production to the District.
Parks and Recreation lead stars, Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live), who plays Leslie Knope on the series, and Adam Scott (Party Down) are both in town this week for the shoot. Scott’s character, Ben Wyatt, announced he would be taking a campaign job in Washington in last season’s finale. Locations for filming include: The White House and the Old Executive Building, 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, The Newseum, the Capitol Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial.
Parks and Recreation has received several awards and nominations during the last couple of seasons, including an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series and two Emmy nominations for Poehler's performance. The episode will air on September 27.