Fox announced today that they have given a series order to Last Man on Earth starring and created by Saturday Night Live’s Will Forte. The comedy will follow two strangers who survive the apocalypse and must come together to ensure the survival of the human race.
The show is being produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. If you haven’t heard of these two, you might be more familiar with some of their work such as The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Bradford Evans of Splitsider makes the point that NBC is continuing to lose their comedy talent to other networks. I couldn’t agree more. Why is this happening? Because NBC has lost their way when it comes to sit-coms. They continue to try and recapture the glory of Must See TV but give none of their shows the chance to build an audience. Even a show like 30 Rock, which became a hit, was tossed around the line up by NBC so much that it seemed like they were trying to kill it on purpose.
Seeing a comedy star like Forte choose to leave the network that helped make him a star is not a surprise. Saturday Night Live has shown that it is still the birthplace of tomorrow’s comedy stars but once the stars find their way, they get away from NBC as quickly as possible.
Last Man on Earth will likely be a mid-season replacement during the 2014-2015 season and will air on the Fox Network.