Yesterday I read this story from a website called Deadline. It is painfully short, so I’ll sum it up for you: The greatest TV show ever is coming. OK, so that’s not exactly what it says, and I don’t know if Amy Poehler’s newest project will live up to my expectations, but I am excited about the possibilities.
My wife and I love Parks and Recreation. It is smart, funny, poignant, and touching. It is full of lovable, flawed, believable, and honest characters. I could go on and on about how much I love that show. You can bet that every episode of its upcoming final season will be appointment television for my wife and I. And now Amy Poehler is in production of a show for NBC with a similar style that is set in a church. Imagine it: Nick Offerman as a member of the trustees. Aziz Ansari as the youth pastor. Aubrey Plaza as the secretary. Rob Lowe as the District Superintendent. Adam Scott as the finance chair. Chris Pratt as the leader of the praise band (Church Rat).
So here’s the part where I ask you for some help. If you are as excited about this as I am, then do me a solid. Go on twitter and use the hashtag #AmyOnPulpitFiction. You may or not be aware of the fact that I co-host a podcast called Pulpit Fiction. It’s a weekly discussion between my friend Eric Fistler and me. We talk each week about the Bible, pop culture, sermon writing, the church, and other fun stuff. We’re just two good friends who are pastors talking about the Bible. In addition to our weekly podcast, we do periodic Thursday Night Specials.
During these Thursday Night Specials we interview authors, musicians, and other awesome people. We’ve had some great conversations with Adam Hamilton, Rachel Held Evans, Nadia Bolz Weber, and Jennifer Knapp. We want to talk to Amy Poehler about this new show. It would be incredible. It’s a long shot, but it would probably be the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’m not sure if Amy is on twitter. The closest thing to a personal twitter account she has is @smrtgrls. Her partner in producing the show is Aisha Muharrar. Her twitter handle is @eeshmu. Today I sent a letter to 3Arts Entertainment in hopes that it would somehow get to Amy. Any help you can give us in getting noticed would be greatly appreciated.
So please, right now, go to Twitter and ask Amy and/or Aisha to be on Pulpit Fiction. Tweet something like “@Smrtgrls and @eeshmu So excited about your new project, please go on @pulpitfpodcast to talk about it #AmyOnPulpitFiction”