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Watch “Saturday Night Live’s” Will Forte walk around in his briefs in a 4-minute trailer for Fox’s new series “Last Man on Earth.” I’m guessing this is a comedy. It looks depressing as hell, though. If I was the last man on earth, things would stop being interesting about a month into it. Is there really anything worth doing if no one knows you’re doing it? I dunno.
It’s funny, I haven’t even heard of this show until this trailer popped up on Fox’s YouTube channel. But I love this type of plot, so I’ll probably check it out. It doesn’t look like it’s getting much of a push from Fox, though, which may mean a short shelf life for the show.
The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: PHIL MILLER (Forte), who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors. He has traveled to every city, every town and every outpost in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has found no one, which leads him to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth. Sure, there are some positives that come with being the last person on earth. You can go live in the White House if you want. You can park in handicapped spots without an ounce of guilt. You can decorate your home with priceless works of art. You wanna wear a pair of tighty-whiteys and nothing else every single day of the year? Not a problem. THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is a comedy about a man trying to make lemonade out of the most soul-crushing lemon there is. But if anyone can do it, Phil Miller can. He’s not about to give up now. He is sad and so, so very lonely. But he’ll get through this. Because there’s a small kernel of hope that somewhere out there is another survivor. And maybe one day, they’ll run into each other. That would be a good day. And if that survivor happened to be a woman? Well, then that would be a great day.
The pilot was directed by “21 Jump Street’s” Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Wait, isn’t the character also named Phil Miller? So is he like the avatar for the directors? If not, it’s a hell of a coincidence.
Look for it in 2015, as a mid-season replacement, most likely.