EXCLUSIVE: The Last Man On Earth is staying put on Dave. UKTV has secured the UK rights to the third season of Fox’s comedy series after striking a deal with international distributor Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, TVWise can reveal. The show’s third season will premiere on Dave in October.
Dave originally acquired the show back in 2015 in a two-season deal with Fox and scheduled it as part of a American programming block that also included Suits and Parks & Recreation. It performed reasonably well in its slot, but, following the conclusion of season two, has not been seen on Dave’s schedule in more than a year.
As TVWise previously reported, this deal extension comes after a period of lengthy talks between UKTV and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. It also comes after what has been a rocky time in first run acquisitions for the multi-channel broadcaster. Both Rosewood (Alibi) and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (W) were cancelled state-side, while UKTV dropped the axe on both Suits (Dave) – which has since been picked up by Netflix – and The Strain (W). They are expected to announce a number of new acquisitions in the coming months.
Created by Will Forte, The Last Man On Earth is a single-camera comedy that chronicles the life and adventures of an average guy who just so happens to be the last man on earth. The comedy series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones and Mel Rodriguez. The show’s third season picks up where the season two finale left off, with the safety of the group of survivors in jeopardy as armed intruders in hazmat suits approach the house. A fourth season has already been ordered by Fox in the United States.