‘Parks and Recreation’ Reunion: Natalie Morales to Star in NBC Comedy From Mike Schur

The actress, who had a key role on Schur’s beloved ‘Parks,’ will play the title character in the pilot ‘Abby’s.’

NBC is staging a Parks and Recreation reunion.

Natalie Morales has been tapped to star in Abby’s, the comedy pilot produced by Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur.

The multicam takes place at Abby’s, an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments.

Morales will play the title role of Abby, a no-nonsense, slight but strong ex-Army staff sergeant who did two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Warmly convivial but never openly sentimental, Abby has found her calling, hosting friends and newcomers in her open-air backyard bar, where locals find camaraderie and a kind of sanctuary. It’s her livelihood and her lifeblood, and she’s clearly unnerved when her new landlord shows up citing all kinds of reasons why the whole venture is illegal.

Morales had a key recurring role on Parks, playing Lucy, the love interest and eventual bride to Aziz Ansari’s Tom.

Abby’s is written by Josh Malmuth (Superstore, New Girl), who executive produces alongside Schur and his Universal Television-based Fremulon banner. 3 Arts’ David Miner also exec produces. Pam Fryman (How I Met Your Mother) will direct and exec produce the pilot.

Morales’ credits include Fox’s The Grinder, ABC’s Trophy Wife and USA Network’s White Collar. She is repped by CAA, Bleecker Street Entertainment and Stone Genow.

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