Mary Steenburgen has joined the cast of Fox’s new comedy The Last Man on Earth, Will Forte and executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller announced at TCA’s winter press tour.
The series stars Forte as Phil Miller, an average guy who apparently becomes the last man on earth after a virus destroys all of humanity. Of course, since this is a comedy, Phil will discover what life is like when no one tells you what to do—i.e. he’ll smash a lot of stuff and line his home with famous paintings and artifacts he’s pilfered from around the country.
“It has been a fun show to shoot because I get to do a lot of wish fulfillment,” Forte said. “I would just go around and break stuff. It’s been really fun to break a lot of stuff.”
While details on Steenburgen’s role are being kept under wraps, it was revealed that Phil may not be the only human left on earth as the previously cast Kristen Schaal joined the crew on stage, suggesting that she’s the last woman on earth.
Though that secret is now out of the bag, Forte said there are other logistical challenges with keeping this show authentic. “Avoiding noise is incredibly hard,” he said of filming. “Obviously anytime you’re shooting anything, the sound of an airplane, the sound of a train is really hard.” But Miller interjected with a positive note: “All the money we’re saving on all those extras is really helping us.”
However, there will be other actors besides Forte, Schaal and Steenburgen on the series. As previously announced, Mad Men’s January Jones, Getting On’s Mel Rodriguez and Cleopatra Coleman (Neighbours) are also among the cast, with their storylines seemingly being told through flashbacks prior to the destruction of mankind.
“We don’t spend that much time talking about it,” Forte said of what caused the apocalypse. “There has been a virus. We never even talk about what the virus is. We don’t go too far into it. We’re just shooting our 10th episode and I don’t know that we ever do more than just casually mention it in conversation. We don’t really ever see dead bodies. We kind of avoid that subject.”
The Last Man on Earth will debut with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
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