We don’t know how Leslie Knope’s gonna keep it together this time: Michelle Obama will appear on the season finale of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, airing Thursday, April 24th, TV by the Numbers reports. The First Lady filmed her cameo in Miami recently while working on “Let’s Move,” her initiative that works to end childhood obesity and keep kids active out of school.
Odds are Obama will be lending some wise words to Leslie’s (Amy Poehler) hometown of Pawnee, Indiana, home of the Sweetums candy factory and whose town slogan boasts: “First in friendship, fourth in obesity.” The First Lady, though, might also have some good advice for Knope, who’s eyeing a bigger, brighter political future.
Obama’s cameo isn’t the first time real politics have entered the world of Pawnee: Sens. John McCain and Barbara Boxer, former Sen. Olympia Snowe and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich have all appeared on the show, and Knope even got to meet her D.C. crush, Vice President Joe Biden.
While not a political heavyweight, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy will also be welcomed to Pawnee. The musician will play the lead singer of a band called Land Ho! (a name Tweedy pitched), an Indiana group Leslie and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) are trying to reunite for a concert to celebrate the merger of Pawnee and Eagleton.
Parks and Recreation recently celebrated its 100th episode and also bid farewell to longtime cast members Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe. After the show was put on a brief hiatus last fall, its future looked uncertain, but NBC has picked up the critically acclaimed comedy for a seventh season. Poehler also recently scored a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy.