Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth” has tapped “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Boris Kodjoe for a mystery role, Variety has learned exclusively. The single-camera comedy stars Will Forte as an average guy — Phil Miller — who appears to be the only survivor of a deadly virus that has wiped out humanity. As bleak as that sounds, the show is still a comedy, which features Phil discovering what life is like when no one is telling you what you can and cannot do. (Hint: it involves a lot of property damage.)
Kodjoe’s role and episode order are being kept under wraps, but he joins previously announced guest stars January Jones, Kristen Schaal, Mel Rodriguez, Cleopatra Coleman and Mary Steenburgen. To get around the limitations of a one-man cast, the show will also utilize flashbacks and dream sequences.
At Fox’s presentation for the show during the Television Critics Assn. Winter Press Tour, Forte admitted that he thinks the concept is “such a great area for comedy because I love comedy where there’s a lot of tension, and this idea — even though it’s very far-fetched — seems very relatable, because I think everybody has thought ‘What would you do if you were the last person on Earth?’ It’s such a wonderful, tense situation inherent to the idea.”
He added, “It has been a very, very fun show to shoot because I get to do a lot of wish fulfillment stuff because… I would imagine that men and women would have different ideas about what they would do if they were the last person on Earth. And I think I would just go around and break stuff. And it has been really fun to break a lot of stuff.”
“The Last Man on Earth” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created and written by Forte, and the pilot is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The series is executive-produced by Forte, Lord, Miller and Seth Cohen.
“The Last Man on Earth” will debut with a one-hour premiere Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. on Fox.