When “The Last Man on Earth” teaser was released back in July, many thought the show will only feature a lone actor in Will Forte. But FOX has recently announced it will be adding four more actors to the cast, with January Jones, the star of “Mad Men,” as one of the more prominent additions. Read on to learn more about this news story.
According to TV Line, Will Forte’s character in the post-apocalyptic comedy series “The Last Man on Earth” will no longer be by his lonesome, as FOX has cast January Jones, Kristen Schaal (“30 Rock”), Mel Rodriguez (“Enlisted”) and Cleopatra Coleman (“Step Up Revolution”) in the series.
Jones will play the role of Melissa, whose character is described as someone with a "strong independent spirit.” She’s also a bit strong, with a no-nonsense attitude, but a completely warm personality. FOX would not comment on whether Jones’ role will have her permanently part of the series, but it did address the possibility of having flashbacks in the episode. It’s also not clear whether Melissa is going to be part of the flashback, or it's a character that will appear in the present-day.
Jones has just wrapped up work with “Mad Men,” whose final half of its last season will begin on AMC in early 2015. Her coming aboard a comedy show is actually a good career move, having been seen in a serious role on “Mad Men” for more than seven years.
Meanwhile, the status of the other actors — Schaal, Rodriguez and Coleman — have also been not confirmed as recurring or regular. Schaal will play Erica, while Coleman is Carol. Rodriguez will assume the role of Todd, who is characterized as an optimist.
The concept of “The Last Man on Earth” came from Forte, who also works behind the scenes as writer and executive producer. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will serve as directors. Lord is well-known for his work in “The Lego Movie” while Miller is credited for “22 Jump Street.”
“The Last Man on Earth”” will launch on FOX on Sunday, March 1, 2015, with a two-episode premiere, before moving to its regular 9:30 p.m. timeslot.
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