NBC is working to accommodate the pregnancy of “Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler.
Peacock and Universal Media Studios will now move up the production start date for season three of “Parks and Rec,” which had already secured a full order.
That means production on season three will begin immediately after season two wraps, in order to bank several episodes before Poehler takes a maternity leave. “Parks and Rec” will return with original episodes in the fall, as expected.
The thesp, who’s married to comedy actor Will Arnett (currently starring in a Fox pilot), is due in September.
This reps the second child for the comedy couple. NBC similarly worked the launch of “Parks and Rec” around the birth of Poehler’s first child in fall 2008, pushing the show’s bow to spring 2009.
Poehler’s pregnancy will not be written into the “Parks and Rec” storyline.