Breaking news: Adam Scott and Jon Hamm’s shot-for-shot recreation of Simon & Simon‘s opening credits sequence was not, in fact, the Greatest Event in Television History.
“How does an error this egregious happen?” wondered Jeff Probst — the host of 2012’s hyperbolic Adult Swim special — in a follow-up that aired last night. And while Probst couldn’t really answer that question, he could present a new video, one which “we’ve been absolutely assured is the Greatest Event in Television History”: a recreation of the opening title sequence from another classic ’80s TV series (Hart to Hart), this time featuring “beloved star Amy Poehler” and “working actor Adam Scott.”
As in Scott’s last meta-special, the “event” itself was preceded by a tongue-in-cheek “behind the scenes” segment that casts the Parks and Recreation stars as less likable versions of themselves. (The most ridiculous thing about this short: We’re supposed to believe that Leslie and Ben aren’t BFF in real life?) Dependable supporting players Horatio Sanz, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, and David Wain show up as well. It’s not quite as great as a new episode of Scott and Poehler’s sitcom — but watching this goofiness might make the show’s hiatus go by a little more quickly.
And for comparison’s sake, here’s the original: