Almost a year after a deadly virus sweeps the world, Phil Miller (Forte) is seemingly the only human survivor in late 2020. As he searches for others and paints signs in every state saying he is alive in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona, he finds no one. After years of being alone, he decides to run his truck into a rock to die by suicide. He happens to look off to the side right before he hits and sees smoke; he ends up discovering another survivor, Carol Pilbasian (Kristen Schaal). Despite being annoyed by each other, Carol believes it is their job as the last two survivors to repopulate the world, but insists Phil marry her so their children will not be born out of wedlock (and thus not be "bastards"). Although Phil thinks that it is ridiculous to hang on to traditions from the "old world", they marry for repopulation purposes. More survivors slowly trickle into Tuscon, eventually creating a small group. When Phil's irritating attitude leads to his banishment from Tucson, Carol leaves with him.
Several critics, such as Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post and David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, have questioned the show's future. Mike Hale of The New York Times deemed the show "well made, meticulous in its comic details and pleasantly acted", though noting that part of the show's appeal "dissipates" past the pilot episode. Brian Lowry of Variety opined that "the premise calls for a level of creativity from the producers that these episodes don't consistently deliver. That's not to say 'I wouldn't watch him if he were the last man on Earth.' But like the fate of humanity within the series, while the future certainly isn't hopeless, neither does it look particularly bright."
While Ruth is asleep, Morgan transfuses his own blood into her. She is immediately cured, and Morgan sees hope that, together, they can cure the rest of her people. Moments later, however, Ruth's people attack. Morgan takes the gun and flees his home while the attackers kill the vampires gathered around Morgan's home. Ruth's people spot Morgan and chase him. He exchanges gunfire with them and picks up tear gas grenades from a police station armory along the way. While the tear gas delays his pursuers somewhat, Morgan is wounded by gunfire and retreats into a church. As he stands at the altar, one of his pursuers finally impales him with a thrown spear. In his final moments, Morgan denounces his pursuers as "freaks" and, as Ruth cradles him, declares that he is the last true man on Earth. As Ruth walks away from Morgan's body, she notices a baby crying and tries to assure the child that everyone is safe now.
Lippert had wanted to make a "last man on Earth"-type film for a while. In the late 1950s, Charles Marquis Warren and Robert Stabler optioned a novel by science fiction writer George R. Stewart called Earth Abides. Harry Spalding, who worked for Lippert, said the release of The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) killed off plans for that project. Spalding then read Matheson's novel and suggested Lippert film that book instead. The project was announced in August 1962.
The Last Man on Earth, created by and starring Will Forte, was a brilliant post-apocalyptic comedy that aired on Fox for four seasons, with an incredible cast that included Kristen Schaal, Cleopatra Coleman, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen, and a laundry list of excellent guest stars. The series followed Phil Miller (Forte, playing a character named after two of the executive producers, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller), who believes he is the last man on Earth a deadly virus wipes out the rest of the world. As the show progresses, he meets new people in this decimated world, as they form an unexpected family just trying to make it in this new world. After four seasons, the show was canceled in 2018, ending the series on a shocking cliffhanger that found the group running into dozens of survivors living underground.
The Last Man on Earth quickly established a cult following but was never able to grow beyond niche appeal. Still, boosted by DVR viewing, the quirky comedy averaged a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating in Live+7, on par with The Mick and freshman LA to Vegas, which had been looking promising for renewal. The high-concept comedy already cheated cancellation once, clinching a last-minute renewal last year.
For those who have not seen "The Last Man on Earth," it stars Will Forte (who is also the show's creator) as Phil Miller (a portmanteau of the show's producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller), who seems to be the last person alive after a deadly virus sweeps the planet. Phil travels around the country, steals priceless items from the White House, and then settles in a Tucson, Arizona mansion to live out the rest of his days.
An elderly man in Peru named Amadeo García García is the last person on earth to speak his native language, Taushiro, the NY Times' Nicholas Casey reports in a remarkable long-read. A combination of disease and exploitation have led the Taushiro, a tribe of hunter-gatherers in the Amazon, to the verge of extinction.
Forte plays Phil Miller, who we find in an RV two years after "the virus" (no more is said about it, at least in the early going), sporting a scraggly beard, driving around with a loudspeaker, trying to figure out whether he is, in fact, the last man on Earth.
If you could get past how crushingly sad being alone after the apocalypse would be, after all, wouldn't it have an upside? Phil thinks so. He makes the only rational decision, which is to find the richest, fanciest house he can (they have great fun with the haul of precious collectibles he finds there) and move right in. Of course, there's no running water, so he has to improvise on a few important things, but he's got booze. He's got an inflatable pool. He's got his imagination. Presumably, as long as he doesn't break the world's last can opener, Phil can last a while.
Perhaps it's obvious that no show is actually going to be just Will Forte talking to himself forever, so you may not be surprised when Phil's greatest wish comes true, sort of: he finds a woman who has also survived. Played by Kristen Schaal, she has not yet adopted Phil's attitude of embracing the absence of society: she still wants to stop at stop signs. She still longs for some kind of order. And, of course, she and Phil both find that while they are not instantly fond of each other, there is that age-old question: Would you touch this person if he/she were the last man/woman on Earth?
Two years ago, an unnamed virus killed everyone on earth -- almost. As far as he knows, Phil Miller (Will Forte) is THE LAST MAN ON EARTH since his nationwide bus tour failed to uncover any other signs of life. At first, he watches Tom Hanks in Cast Away and scoffs; he'll never wind up talking to a ball. And at first he keeps busy figuring out how to play tennis with himself and rigging cars to explode. But after a few years of solitude, the company of some balls with drawn-on faces starts sounding much more appealing. Then Phil makes a discovery that will change everything.
Who hasn't pictured a scenario in which everyone else on earth disappears, leaving all the world's stuff for our picking? We'd live in the fanciest house, drink the wine of kings, and do nothing but watch movies all day long. It's fun to watch Phil testing the waters of his new world. He takes what he likes from the grocery store, parks in the handicapped spot, and, pushing it even further, turns his living room into a sea of garbage and his swimming pool into a toilet. Why not?
In the years since his breakthrough masterpiece, History, Loudon Wainwright III has coasted on craftsmanship and loutish charm. The autobiographical tales of love and family on Grown Man and Little Ship bypassed the heart and gut in favor of the brain and funny bone. The themes were familiar; the emotions seemed played-out. What a difference suffering can make. Written after the death of his mother, Last Man on Earth is a brilliant return to form. It isn't as earthy or direct an album as History. Strings and doo wop background vocals occasionally adorn the arrangements, and Wainwright's phrasing has become fussy. He often insists on pronouncing two full words when a contraction would better suit the rhythm of the song. A mannered presentation, however, cannot cover up the depth of his soul-searching. The three opening songs ("Missing You," "Living Alone," and the ingenious "White Winos") add up to an exploration of loneliness as nuanced and poignant as any in popular music. The title track expands on the same sentiments, turning Wainwright's disdain of cell phones and the Internet into a commentary on isolation. And there could be no more appropriate ending to an album released in the wake of September 11, 2001, than the final lines of "Homeless": "Now I feel like I'm homeless/But I will be alright/I'll get through the days/I'll face down the night." It takes an exceptional artist to make an expression of personal sorrow seem relevant in a time of national crisis. Loudon Wainwright is an exceptional artist.
The post-apocalyptic comedy series (which wrapped up in 2018) begins in 2020, one year after a deadly virus has swept the planet. Forte plays Phil Miller, who believes himself to be the last person alive.
Like Forte himself, The Last Man on Earth was an odd, lovable comedy full of goofy characters and genuine heart. The series began with Forte's character, Phil Tandy Miller, thinking that he was the last human being alive on the planet after a devastating virus killed a majority of the population, but as the first season went on, he learned that he was not the lone survivor. The series shifted from being about the wacky antics someone would do to stave off loneliness to being about how to keep a healthy community alive during trying times. And in the midst of it all, the show balanced laugh-out-loud jokes with moments of reflection and moving character interactions. While it fully embraced its sitcom form, there somehow wasn't anything else on TV quite like it. 781b155fdc