Fox has handed out an early second season renewal to midseason comedy series The Last Man On Earth. The network has ordered 13 episodes for the show’s second season, which is expected to move from its current mid-season berth to Fox’s Fall schedule for the 2015-2016 season.
Created by Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth is a 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 comedy series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones and Mel Rodriguez.
“We knew we had something special with The Last Man On Earth. It’s one of those rare shows that continues to add depth and dimension to its unique premise, week after week,” said David Madden, President of Fox Entertainment. “We are so thrilled that this incredibly bold, original and inventive series has been embraced by both fans and critics, and we cannot wait to see where the creative genius and inspired vision of Will, Phil and Chris take us in Season Two.”
A renewal for The Last Man On Earth has been on the cards for the past couple of weeks (as TVWise reported in our most recent Broadcast TV Buzz column), especially given the series’ strong ratings performance on Sunday nights. The series currently ranks as the No. 1 new comedy among Adults 18-34, Men 18-49, Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34 and Teens.
With the pick up, The Last Man On Earth joins Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Gotham and New Girl – all of which have already been renewed for the 2015-2016 season. The network has yet to decide on the future(s) of The Following, Weird Loners, Bones, Backstrom and The Mindy Project.