Sunday, March 1, 2015

Post-apocalyptic television show trend enters parody stage

With the premiere tonight of “The Last Man on Earth” on Fox, there will be 10 post-apocalyptic themed television shows currently airing.
But the trend could be nearing an end because the latest show is a comedy. Usually hot movie and TV trends run their course when they hit the parody stage.
“The Last Man on Earth” stars Will Forte as the title character. The series has received mostly positive reviews, scoring 77 out of 100 on Metacritic.
Meanwhile, NBC recently ordered a comedy series called “Apocalypse,” which stars Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally and Jenna Fischer.
“The set-up: A comet is on an unavoidable collision course toward Earth and one extended family must navigate the societal chaos that ensues,” Entertainment Weekly reported. “Characters include a foul-mouthed priest, an unhinged white supremacist, a mild-mannered bank manager, a germ-phobic cyber-terrorist, a five-star general and a child who (possibly) rose from the dead.”
Another sign that the post-apocalyptic TV show trend is over: broadcasters have pulled the plug on two post-apocalyptic shows in production.

Check out: List of post-apocalyptic TV shows.

Photos: Advertising for “The Last Man on Earth.”


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