When it comes to outlandish comedies, it doesn’t get more insane than the premise of Will Forte’s new series, The Last Man on Earth. Don’t believe it? Just check out the new trailer Fox recently released.
The series was created by Forte and its pilot episode was directed by 22 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie helmsmen Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are also executive producers on the series. Last Man on Earth follows Phil Miller (Forte), as he learns what life is like when he’s the only one left alive on the planet. (Or, at least, what life is like when he believes himself to be the last person alive on the planet…)
At the moment, Fox is having an amazing 2015 following the premiere of Empire, which scored the network a rating that tied ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder for most watched new show of the season. In addition, the network also has the high profile Wayward Pines set for the spring; hence, there’s a lot riding on the success of The Last Man on Earth to continue the trend of Fox’s potential upswing, what with the ratings for Gotham having seemingly peaked.
What Last Man on Earth has going for it (beyond Forte and its directors) is its premise. At the moment, there are no other post-apocalyptic set sitcoms running on television, so the show definitely gets a score in the win column. Not to mention, the series will also fit nicely in Fox’s revamped Sunday night line-up, which has begun including live-action comedy again (see: the success of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on that night).
Last Man on Earth doesn’t have a huge cast (for obvious reasons), but the one it does have includes January Jones (Mad Men) and Kristen Schaal (30 Rock, Bob’s Burgers) as the two female leads Forte’s character will eventually encounter.
Based on the trailer, there’s a lot to be intrigued by with this new series. It really appears as if the production for Last Man on Earth “went there” with the emptiness of the post-apocalypse setting. The big question, however, will be how that emptiness can be maintained on a standard week-to-week budget – one that doesn’t feature the extra money the show was given to pull off its ambitious pilot. Color us cautiously optimistic for now.
The Last Man on Earth premieres March 1st, 2015 @9/8c on Fox.
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