[SPOILERS ahead for those not caught up on The Last Man on Earth.]
FOX's The Last Man on Earth is one of the most interesting and unique comedies to come out in recent years. The premise is simple: it's about a normal guy named Phil Miller (Will Forte) who just happens to be the last man on Earth. While there have been recent additions to the cast and revelations that Phil was not, in fact, the last man on Earth - when January Jones, Kristen Schaal, and Mel Rodriguez slowly entered into the picture - the show has managed to maintain its quirky and original tone that hooked viewers from the get-go.
The series has also been a critical success up to this point and has managed to maintain strong (and solid) ratings ever since its pilot episode - not to mention, the DVR and online viewing numbers that gave the series an extra boost. Hence, today's announcement from FOX (concerning the show's future) doesn't come as a surprise.
In an announcement made today, FOX has confirmed that the network will in fact be renewing The Last Man on Earth for a second season. Fox Broadcasting Company Entertainment President, David Madden had the following to say about the announcement:
“We knew we had something special with THE LAST MAN ON EARTH. It’s one of those rare shows that continues to add depth and dimension to its unique premise, week after week. We are so thrilled that this incredibly bold, original and inventive series has been embraced by both fans and critics, and we cannot wait to see where the creative genius and inspired vision of Will, Phil and Chris take us in Season Two.”
The next episode is a special, hour-long event (titled "The Do-Over/Pranks for Nothin"), where apparently, after seemingly catching nothing but bad breaks the past few episodes - Phil, "finally has some good fortune headed his way." The last few episodes of Last Man on Earth have focused mainly on Phil struggling to win over Melissa's (January Jones) affections over Todd (Mel Rodriguez), so it'll be interesting to see what kind of direction the next few episodes take. Taking into account the previous twists the show has gone with, who knows what this "good fortune" Phil has coming to him.
Each episode of Last Man on Earth to date has brought the same kind of comedy to new and absurd situations. The series has been focusing mostly on Phil's bumbling behavior (and various missteps in his post-apocalyptic world), but the show has also proven it can bring heart and sentimentality into the mix at the drop of a coin.
Whether or not The Last Man on Earth continues its streak over the next few weeks will have to wait to be seen. It doesn't seem like the writers are going to run out of ways to keep the show fresh any time soon, though, seeing as there's an entire world of shenanigans and buffoonery remaining open for the taking.
The Last Man on Earth airs every Sunday at 8:30 CST on FOX.