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?’