Apocalyptic NBC Dramedy to Star Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, Megan Mullally

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What if Revolution was funnier?

NBC is poised to answer that question, having given a green light to Apocalypse, an hour-long dramedy about the last days of mankind and starring Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation), Jenna Fischer (in her first major TV role since The Office) and two-time Emmy winner Megan Mullally (Will & Grace).

Set against a backdrop of apocalyptic chaos, Apocalypse follows an extended family whose lives start to intersect in the29th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards - Arrivals most unexpected ways after news breaks that a comet is on a collision course with Earth.

Characters include a foul-mouthed priest (to be played by Lowe), an unhinged white supremacist, a meek bank manager, a germ-phobic cyber-terrorist, a five-star general and a child who (possibly) rose from the dead.

“This is an out-of-the-box and wholly original project that offers just the right combination of both high drama and humor,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “With a stellar cast that includes Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer and Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans) — all four who know how to expertly balance those lines — we’re ready to dive into the Apocalypse.”

A 10-episode co-production with Sky TV, Apocalypse is written by Iain Hollands (Beaver Falls), with the first episodes directed by Michael Engler (30 Rock).

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37 Comments
  1. herman1959 says:

    NO.

  2. Dommeister says:

    YES.

  3. Phillip says:

    Interesting.

  4. asianblair says:

    Were there shows with Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon in development, or did NBC completely pass on those?

  5. Didn’t Fox already do a sitcom set in a post apocalyptic world?

  6. Lori says:

    I’m sorry, but this is remarkably like the British series Rob Lowe was just cast in, called “Apocalypse Slough” (fun fact: Slough is where the original British “Office” was based). Are they doing an American version at the same time?

  7. Stormy says:

    That just made it to the top of my Must Miss list. Nothing against RL, but I despise Megan Mullally. So, no.

  8. Matt says:

    Taking bets now for how long before Rob Lowe gets bored and quits.

    • GuessWhat says:

      ha…I just commented the same. he’s such a quitter.

      • David4 says:

        He’s not allowed to get bored?

        His role on Park and Rec was only going to be a few episodes, not many years. He left West Wing over being a brat.

        • Lizo says:

          No. Not to the point of it becoming a pattern. People become hesitant about watching a show with him involved because you know you’ll be screwed over when he leaves. He’s an investment liability because people just won’t watch in the first place. And then it’s a kinda crappy way to treat your fans.
          .
          Granted, West Wing got better after he left. Will was a better character.

        • Summer says:

          Let’s not forget Brothers & Sisters.

    • april-ann says:

      Based on the premise, I doubt it will last long enough for anyone on it to get bored.

  9. GuessWhat says:

    This is what we know — no matter how many seasons this show will last, Rob Lowe will jump ship early. That’s his pattern.

  10. Julia says:

    Sounds like fun! If it becomes a hit, they should start planning for Rob Lowe’s replacement in for the third season to keep with his tradition of ditching early.

  11. Sally Mander says:

    Could they get a worse picture of Jenna Fischer?

  12. Lizo says:

    even though it’s a limited series, is Rob Lowe going to quit 1/3 of the way through?

  13. dude says:

    This sounds awesome.

  14. J. says:

    Sci-fi on NBC? They’ll likely cancel it after one season. Sounds intersting to me though.

  15. Katherine215 says:

    Revolution was actually rather funny at times; they had the dry wit down pretty well. I used to wish they’d use it more often. I miss that show, even if it didn’t know what it wanted to do half the time.

    • Kay says:

      I agree. I love dry wit and can put up with quite a few flaws in a show to get the little chuckle. Of course Revolution actually had several very talented performers, too.

  16. Eran says:

    Sick to effin’ death of pre/post-apocalypse shows. No proper story is ever able to rise above the gimmicky, not to mention oh-so worn out premise. Pity as the casting reads very promising.

  17. mamamitzvah says:

    Don’t worry. Even if it’s good it won’t be around long. Three letters NBC. Nuff said.

  18. Sally says:

    Revolution had its fun moments, loved the action and cast chemistry. NBC had a hit and they trashed the ratings by moving the nights and long time between showing episodes. They need to bring it back.

  19. BecomeMyObsession says:

    “What if Revolution wwas funnier?”

    Revolution was an amazing show, the humour was subtle and believable. The witty one liners and cynical humour was perfect was a show like that.

    I will not be watching this show. NBC are not good with the sci-fi genre and this show will just be cancelled. There is no point and I am seriously disappointed that they have picked up this show.

    They already had one with a STILL large fan base. This is a joke.

    • Kate says:

      Absolutely agree with you! It’s a bad joke.
      Granted, Revolution could have had better writing at times but it was original and of course it was funny!! NBC made a mistake canceling it.

  20. Tracy says:

    This show would really look interesting if Megan Mullally wasn’t in it! I simply cannot stand her! Mullally’s voice is annoyingly shrill and her acting is always over the top and always the same! She is just horrible! I would have watched if they hadn’t cast her!!

  21. Tracy says:

    Wonder why they hired Rob Lowe? He never seems to stay with any show for too long so I would think he’d be a dangerous horse to back!

  22. Melanie says:

    NBC should bring back Revolution which had both an amazing cast and a great sense of humor too. A huge fan base is out there. It’s a shame they start a whole new show instead.

  23. N tTVFiddler says:

    Netflix here we come – I’m betting this pilot will end up over there. NBC will go with another hour of Biggest Loser to fill the gaps next fall.

    I know everyone is ragging on RL, but you have to admit, the guy is pretty darn good. He does bounce from show to show, but when he gets there (Bro & Sis, P&R), he livens things up. That has value. He adds value to any cast he joins. He had a pilot last spring at NBC [I really liked the Country Club-free loader premise], and it didn’t get picked up. I’m betting NBC will pass on this one as well, but this time, Netflix (or Amazon?) will step in.

    That actually may become a new model for Netflix and Amazon to fund their pilots. Let the broadcast networks spend the money, and then just move in fast at the end in May, scoop up the best of those rejected by the nets, and let NBC and the others green light more reality programming on their way to oblivion. Basic cable TV is in the same death spiral this fall – anyone seen the ratings compare of this fall/winter season compared to a couple of season’s ago? Tick, tick , tick.

    Want to watch a new comedy? Go to Netflix or Amazon and OTT stream it. When was the last time a network had a really successful, water-cooler comedy? Modern Family/2009? NBC’s late one? 30 Rock or P&R? They debuted almost a decade ago. CBS? TBBT – debuted almost a decade ago. Comedies on broadcast network TV? Coming to an end? Stunning.

  24. Ida_Hoar says:

    Maybe !