After captivating audiences in Season 1, Fox’s “Last Man On Earth” is returning on Sunday, Sept. 27, to kick off Season 2. With the Emmy-nominated series striking gold once, many are wondering if Will Forte and the gang have what it takes to do it all over again.
After leaving our intrepid heroes, Phil “Tandy” Miller (Forte) and Carol Pilbasian (Kristen Schaal) to fend for themselves in the desert, the reluctant couple packed up their RV and decided to take a cross-country road trip to find another place to live. Obviously Season 2 will pick up soon after that moment, but many fans may be wondering what else the series has in store for its sophomoric run. To help get people ready for the big premiere on Sunday, below is a rundown of the most exciting things coming to “Last Man On Earth,” Season 2.
1. No More Tuscon
Miller attracted a lot of people to his home town thanks to his “Alive in Tucson” signs posted throughout the area. Unfortunately, that also led to a lot of trouble for him, as he was banished from the town by the remaining survivors of the virus that took out most of the human race. Although this likely won’t be the last time audiences see the group that Carol and Phil are leaving in their rear-view mirror, a promotional video (below) for the upcoming season indicates that the first few episodes will focus solely on the couple’s road trip - which takes them and their family of not-so-sentient sports balls to the White House.
2. Sudeikis In Space
As if getting kicked out of his home town wasn’t enough of a cliffhanger, the show dropped a major bomb on viewers in the final moments of the Season 1 finale when it’s revealed that Miller has a brother. The series cuts to the International Space Station to see an astronaut with a name tag reading “Miller” calling down to Houston to no avail. That brother is none other than former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jason Sudeikis, who TV Guide reports has already signed on for a recurring role in Season 2 of “Last Man On Earth.”
3. Fewer New Characters
This sounds like a bummer, but to hear Will Forte describe it, the decision to step away from the gimmicky introduction of new characters each episode feels like a step in the right direction for the show’s longevity.
“Season 1, we had fun ideas to create twists and turns, but for the second season we wanted to break up the pattern. It seemed like people got used to us introducing new characters,” the 45-year-old actor told Entertainment Weekly. “A lot of the times our twist would be to bring in somebody, so we’re trying to that break that mold and find other ways to take the story in different directions. It’s been exciting but it’s been a challenge.”
4. A New Ball Family Member
Those who watched last season know that one of the only things that kept Miller going during his long time in complete solitude was painting faces on various sports balls and talking to them as though they were people - almost exactly the plot of the 2000 movie “Cast Away.” Those little round friends acted as a through-line throughout the first season and will even accompany Phil and Carol on their road trip. However, in the same interview with EW, Forte revealed that a brand new female ball will be introduced in the upcoming season.
“Let’s just say it’s a very different type of ball. And the ball community is going to have its world rocked.”
Will you be tuning into the Season 2 premiere of “Last Man On Earth” at 9:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 27? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.