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"Last Man on Earth" review by Eva Diaz 2/27/15
Premieres Sunday March 1 on FOX

I watched the commercials on Fox for this, and the title interested me. I was excited to watch it. It's a comedy with a bit of science fiction. Phil Miller (Will Forte) lives in the year 2020 and discovers that he is the only survivor of a virus that has wiped out the planet . He travels the country in his RV, looking for other survivors. As he travels, he puts up signs that say "alive in Tucson" and settles in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona to live a lonely existence while he waits.  He talks to God and asks him to send him a woman to talk to and be with, since he misses female company most of all.

The show is very smart and funny and reminds me of a comedy version of "Cast Away," the movie with Tom Hanks. Phil even watched the movie at his house and says that the movie is ridiculous because he would never talk to a volleyball. However, we then see Phil five months later, talking to a lot of different types of balls, which he has given names and faces. The premise of the show is very smart, funny, and different, but it does have a few drawbacks. I don’t think I would watch it all the time because it tends to be a bit slow and drag on a little, since the cast of the show seems to be only one person. The show intends to use a lot of flashbacks of Phil’s life and family before the virus hit to remedy this problem. I think you should watch this show if you want to watch something different.  It's one of those shows you can watch if everything else you like to watch is a rerun. If they can quicken the pace of the show a bit, I think it will do well for Fox. I give this show 3 and a half stars.

Editor's Note: There are more characters that are introduced in the second episode and beyond.

More Info:

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

(Sundays, 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT)

From writer/producer Will Forte (“Nebraska,” “Saturday Night Live”) and directors/producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (“The Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street”), THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is a new single-camera comedy that chronicles the life and adventures of an average guy – and humanity’s last hope – who discovers what life is like when no one is telling you what you can and cannot do.

The year is 2020, and after a deadly virus has swept the planet, only one man is left on earth: PHIL MILLER (Forte). He used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job. 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. As he returns to his hometown of Tucson, Phil comes to the painful realization that he is almost certainly the last living being on the face of the earth. All he wants is for someone – anyone – to find him in Tucson – preferably a woman.

Be careful what you wish for, Phil...

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Will Forte. The pilot is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The series is executive-produced by Forte, Lord, Miller and Seth Cohen. “Like” THE LAST MAN ON EARTH on Facebook at facebook.com/TheLastManOnEarthFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @LastManFOX and join the discussion using #TheLastManOnEarth. See photos and videos on Instagram @lastmanfox.

WILL FORTE
(Phil Miller; Creator/Executive Producer, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH)
Will Forte has established himself as one of the most versatile actors in film and television. He spent eight seasons making audiences laugh on “Saturday Night Live,” and recently starred in Alexander Payne’s Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated film, “Nebraska.” For his role as “David Grant,” Forte was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the Best Supporting Male category, and he won the National Board of Review’s Best Supporting Actor Award. Forte will next be seen in “Life of Crime,” based on Elmore Leonard’s novel, “The Switch.” He co-stars opposite Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins and Isla Fisher. In addition, he has wrapped production on Peter Bogdanovich’s “Squirrels to the Nuts,” opposite Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.

Forte previously starred in “Run and Jump,” which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and won the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Festival. He also is known for his role in the feature film adaptation of “MacGruber.” In addition to starring in the lead role, he co-wrote the script with Jorma Taccone and John Solomon. Other film credits include comedies “That’s My Boy,” opposite Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, and “The Watch,” opposite Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn. He also lent his voice to the hit animated film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and its sequel, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Additionally, he wrote and starred in the feature “The Brothers Solomon,” opposite Will Arnett and Kristen Wiig.

Forte also has had many memorable guest-starring roles on hit television comedies. His work on “30 Rock” earned him a 2013 Primetime Emmy nomination in the Guest Actor category. He also has had roles on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Up All Night,” “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” and “Flight of the Conchords.” He is a frequent guest on “Conan,” portraying a crazed Ted Turner. Additionally, he has lent his voice to a handful of animated series, including FOX’s “Allen Gregory”; “The Cleveland Show,” from creator Seth MacFarlane; and “Sit Down, Shut Up,” from creator Mitch Hurwitz.

Forte came to “Saturday Night Live” from Los Angeles’ improv-sketch theater, “The Groundlings,” where “SNL” alum Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman and Maya Rudolph got their respective starts. Forte has a great deal of experience behind the camera, serving as producer on “That ’70s Show” and as story editor for “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “Action,” as well as working as a writer for “Late Show with David Letterman” and the MTV Movie Awards.

Forte currently resides in Los Angeles.

PHIL LORD AND CHRIS MILLER
(Executive Producers, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH)
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including, “The Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street,” “22 Jump Street” and “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.”

This past year, the two creative partners have had incredible success at the box office and are the only writers/directors with two films ranked among the top 10 highest-grossing features of 2014. Their most recent film, “22 Jump Street,” debuted at No. 1 and has not only garnered more than $228 million worldwide, but earned the pair praise for their innate ability to transform unlikely material into cinematic brilliance. Earlier this year, they wrote and directed “The Lego Movie,” which also debuted at No. 1 and remained on top of the box office for four straight weeks. The hugely successful film has earned more than $467 million worldwide and to-date, is the second-highest-grossing feature of 2014. The film, which earned Miller and Lord rave reviews for their imaginative and unique sensibilities, has already been greenlit for a sequel and spinoff.

As the directing team behind the hit action-comedy “21 Jump Street,” the pair helped the critically acclaimed film take in more than $200 million worldwide in 2012 and earn a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy.

Lord and Miller also co-wrote and co-directed the animated feature “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs,” which they loosely based on the beloved children’s book of the same name. The film earned a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Animated Feature, along with four Annie Award nominations for excellence in animation, including Best Direction and Best Screenplay.

Lord and Miller will next produce the comedy feature “The Reunion.” Written and to be directed by Miller, the film is a comedy murder-mystery set at a high school reunion.

In May 2013, the pair signed a three-year, exclusive deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop, write and direct comedy projects, both in live action and animation, for network and cable television. The pair also directed the pilot for BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, which won this year’s Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical.

Lord and Miller’s collaboration started when they met at Dartmouth College. The two contend it was a comical misunderstanding that landed them a job developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company, which led to their stint developing primetime animated shows for Touchstone Television. In 2002, they executive-produced, wrote and directed the short-lived, but highly talked-about animated series “Clone High.” The series was critically acclaimed for its well-developed and unique personalities, as well as for its witty, fast-paced dialogue, but is probably best known for causing a hunger strike in India and being quickly cancelled. Lord voiced the characters of “Principal Scudworth,” “Genghis Khan” and “Geldhemoor, the Humkeycorn.”

Among their television writing credits, Lord and Miller served as co-executive producers on “How I Met Your Mother.” They also executive-produced several failed pilots, including “Awesometown,” featuring the comedy troupe The Lonely Island; and “Phil Hendrie,” featuring the radio genius of the same name. The team also worked as consulting producers on “Jake in Progress” and “Cracking Up” (created and executive-produced by Mike White); supervising producers on “Method & Red” and “Luis”; and staff writers on “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane.”

Lord graduated cum laude from Dartmouth with a degree in art history, and Miller earned a degree in government and studio art.

Lord’s college animated short, “Man Bites Breakfast,” won Best Animation at the 1998 New England Film and Video Festival and was also included in several other festivals, including ASIFA East and ASIFA San Francisco. Miller received the 1998 New England Film and Video Festival Awards prize for his animated short, “Sleazy Goes to France.” He also served as editor-in-chief of Dartmouth College’s campus humor magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern.

Lord and Miller both reside in Los Angeles with their respective families.

SETH COHEN
(Executive Producer, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH)
Seth Cohen is the President of Television at Lord Miller. Previously the Vice President of Development and Original Programming at Comedy Central, Cohen was instrumental in developing such series as “Workaholics” and “Drunk History.”

Prior to his career at Comedy Central, Cohen worked at DreamWorks TV and in politics, both on and off the hill in Washington, D.C.

He resides in Los Angeles.

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH - FACT SHEET

ON AIR:
2015

ORIGINATION:
Los Angeles, CA

CONCEPT:
A comedy about the life and adventures of the last man on earth.

SERIES PREMIERE:
TBA

STARRING:
Will Forte (Phil Miller)

PRODUCED BY:
20th Century Fox Television

CREATED BY/WRITTEN BY:
Will Forte

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Will Forte
Chris Miller
Phil Lord
Seth Cohen

DIRECTED BY (PILOT):
Phil Lord
Chris Miller

FOX WEBSITE/APP:
fox.com/lastmanonearth / FOX NOW

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: TheLastManonEarthFOX

Twitter: LastManFOX / #LastManOnEarth

Instagram: lastmanfox

Here are some other reviews:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/02/27/the-last-man-on-earth-alive-in-tucsonthe-elephant-in-the-room-review

http://variety.com/2015/tv/reviews/tv-review-the-last-man-on-earth-1201439111/

http://time.com/3724958/review-last-man-on-earth-will-forte/

Note: Entertainment Weekly describes the show as "hilarious"....frankly, we disagree. It's somewhat funny, at times. At least based on the two episodes we've seen so far.
 


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