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Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
The Last Man on Earth's best accomplishment was creating a post-apocalyptic world where things didn't suck
"It would have been so, so easy to have the show go full-on Walking Dead nihilistic, with death, danger, pointlessness, and everybody out for themselves," says Sarah Barrett. "If anyone could’ve made that kind of constant bleakness funny, the Last Man team could, but they didn’t want to. Although it did sometimes approach that line, it always quickly dialed back, and nowhere was this more clear than it its treatment of women. After the aforementioned awkward start, Last Man on Earth set about dismantling the tropes so often assigned to female characters in end-of-the-world stories."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 7:56PM EDT
Will Forte thanks Last Man on Earth fans: "It was an experience that I’ll cherish forever"
"Sad news yesterday," he tweeted this morning. "As many have already heard, the show is not being brought back for a fifth season. On behalf of our little family, thank you for all of your support."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Will Forte's The Last Man on Earth cliffhanger ending was actually the perfect sendoff
According to Jesse David Fox, Forte treated nearly every episode as a series finale. He adds: "When the news of cancellation came out, I emailed Forte’s team, asking if he wanted to reveal how season five would’ve started. But in the time since (and because they said he was unavailable), I’ve decided that I don’t want to know. Because that uncertainty is at the core of the show. We’ll never know the fate of our main characters because there is no way for them to ever know their own fates. Almost every single episode of Last Man on Earth ended with a cliffhanger, partly to get people to keep watching, and partly because that’s truthful to the story they’re telling."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Last Man on Earth and The Mick were "absurdly low rated," yet their cancelations came as a surprise
"We've grown so accustomed to Fox renewing low-rated comedies that Thursday's axings felt shocking," says Daniel Fienberg. "Back in January at the Television Critics Association press tour, the mantra from Fox brass was that even in a time of uncertainty with an acquisition by Disney looming, the plan going forward for the near future was 'business as usual.' On Thursday, as part of the inevitable bloodletting that occurs every year on the eve of broadcast network upfronts, Fox proved either that the 'near future' has passed or that 'business as usual' isn't the order of the day anymore." ALSO: A Fox insider says the addition of Thursday Night Football and the renewal of many shows played a role in cancelations.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 4:30PM EDT
Fox cancels The Last Man on Earth after four seasons
Will Forte's Fox comedy will end with last Sunday's cliffhanger season finale. January Jones announced the cancelation news on Instagram, saying: "To our @lastmanfox family..it’s been an amazing 4yrs, thank you for all the hard work, we love you and will miss seeing you every day!" In an interview published earlier this week with EW, Forte said of the decision to end Season 4 on a big cliffhanger: "If we got a fifth season, we’d probably be thinking that was our last season. Early in the season, we were thinking, 'Oh, let’s try to find a way to wrap it up just in case.' And then we thought later, 'Let’s not put that pressure on ourselves. Let’s just write a good episode and try to do what we do,' because we didn’t want to make it easy on them. If they want to cancel us, that’s fine, go ahead and cancel us, but we’re not going to put a little bow on the show for them." ALSO: Could Hulu revive Last Man on Earth?
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are you the last person watching The Last Man on Earth?
"Sometimes I feel I am the last man on Earth watching The Last Man on Earth," says Ben Yagoda. "The ratings of Fox’s post-apocalyptic sitcom, which aired the last episode of its fourth season on Sunday, started out low and then descended. This season it averaged about 1.97 million viewers per airing, worse than every single show on any network other than the CW, with the exception of its Fox stablemates Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, and The Exorcist." He adds: "Why have I and my 2 million-odd fellow Last Man fans kept watching? Speaking for myself, because the show is smart, goofy, attractively filmed, crammed with satisfying Easter eggs and callbacks, absolutely nonaspirational, superbly acted, sneak-up-on-you funny, and, most important, almost aggressively original."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Will Forte on The Last Man on Earth's cliffhanger finale: "We’re not going to put a little bow on the show for them"
"If we got a fifth season, we’d probably be thinking that was our last season," he says. "Early in the season, we were thinking, 'Oh, let’s try to find a way to wrap it up just in case.' And then we thought later, 'Let’s not put that pressure on ourselves. Let’s just write a good episode and try to do what we do,' because we didn’t want to make it easy on them. If they want to cancel us, that’s fine, go ahead and cancel us, but we’re not going to put a little bow on the show for them."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Jason Sudeikis is returning to The Last Man on Earth
He'll reprise his role as Tandy's brother in several episodes.
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
The Last Man on Earth still manages to push its creative boundaries
“The premise isn’t an easy one to work with,” says Lea Palmieri, “but somehow The Last Man on Earth writers have figured out a way to expand their world without breaking the rules they’ve set in place, or eliciting skepticism or anything close to boredom from invested viewers. This season alone has delved into topics such as feminism, former cartel leaders, and parenting. Bit of a variety there, wouldn’t you say? But, just like the extreme measures they’re taking when it comes to potentially gruesome moments, it all seems to make sense.”
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 12:56PM EST
Leighton Meester is coming to The Last Man on Earth
The Gossip Girl alum, who originally auditioned for January Jones’ role on the Fox comedy, will be involved in a story arc related to new recurring cast member Fred Armisen.
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 2:43AM EDT
MTV's Clone High from Phil Lord and Chris Miller premiered 15 years ago today
The MTV animated comedy only lasted 13 episodes, but it paved the way for the collaborators behind The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and Fox's The Last Man on Earth.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 4:16PM EDT
Fred Armisen is the latest SNL alum to guest on Last Man on Earth
The Portlandia vet will play a character named Karl, “a survivor with an interesting past.”
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 6:58AM EDT
Will Forte tells how he sought The Last Man on Earth’s latest big-name guest-star
Forte says of Sunday’s surprise visitor: “I wish it could be a longer stint, but to get him even for a brief moment is a real honor.”