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Will Forte's new Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth , where he plays the only survivor of a globe-spanning virus, makes the apocalypse seem almost… fun! He gets to squat in abandoned mansions and get really drunk and smash stuff with no consequences. He's king of the woooorld! (By default.)
But of course, this isn't the only post-apocalyptic wasteland we've encountered on TV lately. Here, we round up a few of the recent TV apocalypses and rank them, from "absolute hell on earth" to "relatively pleasant." Although we don't think anything below can top soaking in a wading pool filled with tequila and margarita mix.
The Walking Dead
What Killed Everyone? Zombies, duh. It's the No. 1 show on TV! Where have you been?
Pros: If you've ever had the urge to stab, shoot, and decapitate dozens of people without going to prison, well, this is the apocalypse for you!
Cons: Did we mention "robotic killing machines"?
The Last Ship
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The Downton Abbey Season 5 finale is almost upon us, and we here at Yahoo TV are perhaps a little too excited. The penultimate episode left us with so many questions (stop reading if you haven't watched): What's going to happen to poor Anna? She can't survive in jail! Has Thomas finally found a true friend in Andy? And will Robert tell Edith that he's figured out Marigold is her daughter? Of course, we'll have to wait until Sunday, March 1 to find out — so until then, we've been passing the time by putting together mashups of our favorite Downton Abbey moments. Up first: "Calm Downton," a tribute to the Crawley clan's well-documented (and quite un-British) temper tantrums. While Lord Grantham is the king of angry outbursts, as the video above shows, everyone at the Abbey sometimes flies off the handle — even Cora .
Enjoy, Downton fans. See you Sunday night!
The Downton Abbey Season 5 finale airs Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. on PBS Masterpiece.
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A new poster shows Tyrion at the bow of a ship as an enormous dragon rises from the surrounding fog. This image is uncomfortably reminiscent of last season's shot of Daenerys Targaryen's largest, Drogon, coming upon a young sheepherder before devouring him. Given George R.R. Martin's warning about this season – "People are going to die who don't die in the books....so everybody better be on their toes" — is anybody getting a little nervous for The Imp?
In addition to Tyrion apparently making it across the Narrow Sea, we'll also see Arya Stark in Braavos and Jaime Lannister (in another break from the books) visiting the southern kingdom of Dorne where he'll meet Doran Martell, played by new cast member Alexander Siddig ( Deep Space Nine ).
Season 5 of Game of Thrones premieres April 12 on HBO.
'Secrets and Lies' Star Juliette Lewis on Playing an Unsmiling Cop and Working With Ryan Phillippe (Again)Carrie Bell at Yahoo TV 6 hrs ago
A lot changes in 15 years. The last time Juliette Lewis and Ryan Phillippe crossed career paths, on a bloody kidnapping caper called The Way of the Gun , she was the victim and he was packing heat.
Now, for Secrets and Lies , Lewis is the heat and it's Phillippe who winds up in her cross hairs. You can get a tiny taste of the shift in dynamics in this exclusive clip from Sunday's premiere of ABC's 10-episode remake of an Australian series about a cul de sac turned inside out after a child is murdered and the neighborhood father who found the body becomes the prime suspect.
Lewis spoke with Yahoo TV exclusively from her home in New York about reteaming with her tormentor from 2000, who she says has "gotten better with age"; the "tough challenge" of being detached detective Andrea Cornell; shooting (literally and figuratively) in North Carolina; and why she is so excited for audiences to watch this "slow-building whodunit with a ton of human drama."
Secrets and Lies premieres Sunday, March 1 with a two-hour special from 9 to 11 p.m. on ABC.
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Superheroes are running amok on television today; in one corner of the TV universe, speedy Flash and sharpshooter Arrow are protecting their respective metropolises (neither of which happen to be Metropolis… that's Superman's turf, after all) from various rogues. Meanwhile, special agent Peggy Carter recently completed her maiden small-screen adventure and cleared the way for those agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to return next week. And, over in Gotham city, a young orphaned boy is deciding on a career path that will one day include vigilantism. (Don't forget about the shows that have yet to debut, including Sony Playstation's upcoming Powers and CBS's in the works Supergirl pilot.)
All four seasons of Heroes are available to stream at Netflix, but you really only need to watch Season 1 .
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Things are looking up for the Huangs. Well, at least two of them. On the upcoming episode of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, Louis and Jessica (Randall Park and Constance Wu), have finally scored an invite to the country club, but their tween son, Eddie (Hudson Yang), is thinking more about impressing his girl-next-door crush Nicole (Luna Blaise).
In this exclusive sneak peek from the episode "Showdown at the Golden Saddle," Eddie opens the front door and feigns surprise that his fantasy girlfriend has stopped over. Unfortunately, the Casanova Kid's tweenage dream turns into a full-on nightmare after his parents rattle off babysitting instructions to Nicole, whom they've actually hired to babysit him and his brothers. That's right, babysit.
"What is happening?" a mortified Eddie asks as his parents tell his dream girl about his gentle bowels and favorite Flintstones Chewables flavor.
Fresh Off the Boat airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Ethan Alter at Yahoo TV 8 hrs ago
I Am Not Spock proclaimed the title of Leonard Nimoy's 1975 autobiography, in which the veteran actor tried to distinguish himself from his most iconic role, as Star Trek 's emotionless half-human, half-Vulcan science officer. Twenty years later, he published a follow-up entitled, I Am Spock , in which the actor-director warmly embraced his pointy-eared alter ego. Like it or not, Nimoy — who passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 83 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — was Spock to generations of sci-fi fans, so much so that when J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise in the 2009 blockbuster, Nimoy was the one original cast member he made sure to bring back.
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Warning: Fans who teared up during Parks and Recreation 's supremely satisfying series finale will definitely get misty watching the seven-minute look at the making of the episode above.
There are some laughs, of course: Retta leads a lunchtime dance party in the makeup trailer, Jim O'Heir gets dressed as the coffee pot ("This is fitting, yeah this is how this should end"), and Rob Lowe uses one last "literally." But the overall mood is best expressed by Adam Scott: "I feel like it's not particularly emotional yet, but everyone's on the brink. It feels like an international incident is about to go down."
It'll likely happen for you when executive producer Michael Schur announces series wraps for the actors individually. (If you find yourself applauding along with the cast and crew, know you're not the only one.)
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It's only OK to populate your story with unlikable people if they suffer for their flaws. Additionally, as David Fincher proved with Gone Girl (and every movie he's ever made), visual flair goes a long way in making you forget that you're not actually rooting for anybody. If the first season of the similarly stylish-and-sociopathic How to Get Away With Murder could be fairly faulted for something, it's that most of its characters are stuck firmly in dick-mode, if only because that's the most efficient use of their screentime. To be frank (lower-case 'f'), we STILL don't know tons about these characters' lives, even after inviting them into our living rooms for the past few months. But what we do know is that even among narcissists and sociopaths there is the possibility for redemption, and therein lies one of HTGAWM 's most consistent pleasures: Watching unlikable people struggle to be good.
I mean, what's a more powerful aphrodisiac than suspicion of murder?
I loved this flashback: Just Rebecca seducing Lila's frat bro ex-boyfriend the old-fashioned way: WITH PCP.
Ethan Alter at Yahoo TV 11 hrs ago
The first year of Showtime's 19th century monster mash-up, Penny Dreadful , was overflowing with vampires. Season 2, which launches on May 3, is all about the witches. A pair of new Penny Dreadful posters spotlight the villains, Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory) and her daughter, Hecate (Sarah Greene), who will be casting a spell on viewers — not to mention the show's characters, including Reeve Carney's eternally youthful Dorian Gray, whose screaming visage adorns the third poster.
Eagle-eyed fans will no doubt recognize Evelyn as the spiritualist Madame Kali, who presided over a memorable séance in the second episode of Season 1. This year, she'll let her powers off their leash. "She becomes the antagonist for not only [Eva Green's] Vanessa but all the characters," executive producer John Logan explained at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "She believes she is on the side of the angels, even though she's serving the devil." Hey, like the song says, you gotta serve, somebody .
Season 2 of Penny Dreadful premieres May 3 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.