The TV comedy landscape just improved by two. Firstly, THR reports that HBO has picked up to series the half-hour comedy/drama Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson. The show hails from executive producer Stephen Levinson (Entourage) and revolves around the lives of a group of former and current football players, with Johnson playing the lead. Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are also onboard as executive producers, and the show marks Johnson’s first foray into the series regular TV world. This comes on the heels of HBO recently picking up to series the political comedy The Brink, with Jack Black and Tim Robbins starring.
Hit the jump for series order news of a new comedy on Fox starring Will Forte and executive produced by the directors of The LEGO Movie, marking a Clone High reunion of sorts.
Additionally, TV Line reports that Fox has given the comedy Last Man on Earth a straight-to-series order. SNL alum Will Forte created and stars in the series which, fittingly, revolves around the last man on Earth. Further plot details are under wraps, but it will be a single-camera sitcom and Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to executive produce and direct the pilot. Forte is just coming off a more dramatic role in the Best Picture nominee Nebraska, in which he more than holds his own opposite acting legend Bruce Dern. The prospect of having new Will Forte material on a weekly basis makes the Last Man on Earth pick-up most excellent news.
Lord and Miller most recently directed the immensely successful (and fantastic) The LEGO Movie and they also helmed 21 Jump Street and the upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street, but Last Man on Earth is not their first foray into television. The duo created the short-lived but very funny animated MTV show Clone High, which featured Will Forte in the lead voice role as Abraham Lincoln; Forte reprised the role in The LEGO Movie. Lord and Miller also directed the pilot for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which has blossomed into a very solid comedy series also starring an SNL alum. We’ll have to wait a bit for Last Man on Earth, though, as the report notes that Fox is eyeing a Midseason 2015 launch for the show.