the last man on earth

Fox has renewed freshman comedy "The Last Man on Earth" for a second season, the network announced Wednesday.

The midseason series, starring "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Forte as the titular lone human (or so he thinks), has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike, and Fox is cashing in on that cultural cachet.

"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, Fox Broadcasting Company's Entertainment President, in a statement. "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."

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind "The LEGO Movie" and "22 Jump Street," serve as executive producers of the Sunday night series. It also stars Kristen Schaal, January Jones, and Mel Rodriguez.

"Last Man" joins fellow Fox series "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" as the only comedies renewed by the network so far.

[via: Variety]

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