If you, like every other Parks and Recreation fan, are wondering what Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson are up to post-Pawnee, we’ve got the answer. They’re hosting a reality television craft show! Technically, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are, but they're the same people in our head.
The Handmade Project will air on NBC and will celebrate the art of making things. Poehler and Offerman are tasked with co-hosting the six-episode show, which will challenge contestants to handmake items in various disciplines. Poehler said in a statement about the show: “I’m thrilled to be celebrating artists who make things by hand, and I’m looking forward to finally conquering my fear of papier mâché.” Remember when Knope DIY’d her own wedding dress?! These contestants have a lot to live up to.
Offerman has a bit more offscreen experience with making crafts. He’s a known woodworker (he even wrote a book on the subject!) and owner of Offerman Woodshop in Los Angeles. “People who make things are my favorite kind of folk,” he says. “Practical, clever and terrific in a pinch. That makes me tickled pink to have a front-row seat at this prodigious display of talent, and admiring and cheering on an amazing crop of American makers. Plus, Amy and I have a strong tradition of tomfoolery, so let’s see if we don’t have some good fun.”
We’re looking forward to all of the tomfoolery they’re willing to share with us. Speaking of tom, we also wouldn’t mind a visit from Tom Haverford, either. He was maybe the biggest master of making or, at least, coming up with (mostly ridiculous) ideas on the show.
A premiere date for The Handmade Project has yet to be announced.