Mary Steenburgen joins new Fox comedy, 'Last Man on Earth' | Rock Candy

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mary Steenburgen joins new Fox comedy, 'Last Man on Earth'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:20 AM

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Little Rock's Mary Steenburgen has joined the cast of a new Fox series called "The Last Man on Earth," created by and starring former SNL cast member Will Forte. The show, a single-camera post-apocalyptic comedy about the survivor of a "viral epidemic," also stars Kristen Schall, Mel Rodriguez and January Jones, and will be directed and produced by writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("The Lego Movie," "21 Jump Street").

As to how other actors figure into a story billed as involving only one surviving human being, Miller explains in the article, "it’s kind of surprising how they fit into it, whether by flashbacks, dreams or in the present-day ... It’s not just Will going around and smashing things for thirteen episodes. TV shows are built on relationships, and it seemed kind of odd to make a show without any relationships":

"It’s just a fascinating situation, and such a great area for comedy because I love comedy where there’s a lot of tension," Forte said from stage. "And even though this idea seems far-fetched, it very relatable because you’ve always heard, ‘What would you do if you were the last person on earth?’


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