Parks and Rec – Trump Fundraiser – concept

I wrote a spec script for Parks and Rec, where Trump visits Pawnee to hold a fundraiser. There were 3 things that triggered the idea for this script.

  1. Trump and the election has been on my mind and causing me a lot of anxiety, as I’m sure it has for many people.
  2. I recently read the 9/11 Seinfeld spec. I thought it was a great idea for a stunt spec, and very well written.
  3. I recently started archery. Here’s the sign I passed as I went to the archery range every morning before work.

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If you look at the lower right corner of the sign, you’ll see why that put Parks and Rec into my head. And soon after, I had the vague idea of writing a Parks and Rec episode with Trump. I didn’t have any actual story ideas yet, but I knew Leslie Knope was a huge fan of Hillary Clinton, and Pawnee is set in Indiana, where Mike Pence was Governor.

However, it was just a vague idea for a spec, and even though I kept thinking of little snippets for stories and jokes, I tried to ignore them. What I needed to focus on was writing pilots, animating my web series, focusing on finding a rep. But then one morning, I woke up from a nightmare, and tweeted about it.

In my ridiculous dream, someone else had written a Parks and Rec spec with Trump, and I was pissed! When I woke up, I decided I’d just write this script and give myself a short timeline, get it out of my system, and move on.

Next time, I’ll talk about the research process to prepare for writing this script.

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