Friday September 14, 2012 | 02:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- Mainers who are fans of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" may notice a familiar face from their home state during the show's season premier this Thursday: Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Snowe will be making a cameo appearance on the popular sitcom alongside two other well-known Senate veterans, Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Barbara Boxer of California. The episode airs at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 on NBC.

Filmed back in July, the episode centers on a trip that main character Leslie Knope takes to the nation's capital from her small town in Indiana. While in DC, Knope (played by Amy Poehler) ends up at a cocktail party attended by some high-profile politicians. The episode was filmed at the Hay Adams, an exclusive hotel located across from the White House.

Snowe, who according to her office has two lines in the episode, is leaving Congress this January after more than three decades on Capitol Hill due to her frustration over partisan gridlock. But Maine's senior senator was able to poke fun at her own institution.

"We sort of go from one theater -- in Congress or in the Senate -- here to another theater. Sometimes people would say it's indistinguishable," Snowe said in an interview posted on the "Parks and Recreation" website.

"Although the show is fictional, Amy’s character, Leslie, demonstrates an admirable passion for public service, echoing the belief I have long held that public service is a most noble pursuit," Snowe added in a statement.


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