Variety announced Tuesday that Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman will co-host The Handmade Project, an unscripted competition series that will feature contestants making themed, handcrafted items every week until a champion is announced. NBC has given a six-episode order, and the show will be produced by Poehler’s company Paper Kite Productions.
While it’s not quite the Parks and Rec reunion fans may have hoped for, it does bring Poehler and Offerman’s comedic genius together for what might be a wild ride. But they also get to have a hand in letting others craft things of their own.
“I’m thrilled to be celebrating artists who make things by hand, and I’m looking forward to finally conquering my fear of paper mache,” Poehler said in a statement.
Offerman, who often makes handcrafted items of his own, is thrilled at the prospect
“People who make things are my favorite kind of folk,” Offerman said. “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.”
“With millions of mass-produced products, a handmade item can be the most valuable treasure one can possess because it’s one of a kind and made with love,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, in a statement. “We are thrilled that Amy Poehler’s first venture into the unscripted space is so refreshingly unexpected and original, and can’t wait to see Amy and Nick back together again!”
NBC hasn’t announced a release date for The Handmade Project, but it will be interesting to see both what the contestants can cook up as well as see Poehler and Offerman’s camaraderie shine on-screen again.
H/T Hello Giggles