NBC continues to fill the challenging Thursday 8 PM slot with limited-run series. After Heroes Reborn ends its run on January 21, You, Me And The Apocalypse, the British dramedy starring The Grinder’s Rob Lowe that NBC acquired earlier this year, will take over the hour starting the following week, January 28.
This will likely mean that The Blacklist will have to fend for itself again as it has gotten modest lead-in support to date from The Slap and Heroes Reborn. After The Player’s freshman run was cut short by NBC, the network will launch a new drama in the Thursday 10 PM hour midseason, the Jennifer Lopez starrer Shades Of Blue.
You, Me And The Apocalypse is an hourlong comedic drama about the last days of mankind. Against a backdrop of apocalyptic chaos, an eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters around the world begin to intersect in the most unexpected ways, resulting in a nonstop mix of action, romance and wit.
The characters include Father Jude (Lowe), a rebellious and foul-mouthed priest who is tasked with being the “devil’s advocate” with the aid of his new timid assistant, Sister Celine Leonti (Gaia Scodellaro). Rhonda (Jenna Fischer), a mild-mannered librarian, finds herself dangerously out of her depth when she is sent to a maximum security prison for a crime she did not commit. She unwillingly befriends Leanne (Megan Mullally), an unhinged white supremacist who takes a deeply reluctant Rhonda under her wing. Morally dubious, but intensely loyal, Leanne is a woman uniquely suited to surviving the end times and will prove herself to be exactly the sidekick Rhonda needs. The cast also includes Joel Fry, Paterson Joseph, Pauline Quirke and Kyle Stoller.
You, Me And The Apocalypse is written and executive produced by Iain Hollands. Juliette Howell, Lynn Horsford, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, JoAnn Alfano, Cameron Roach, Lizzie Gray and Andrew Conrad also serve as executive producers. The series is a production of Working Title Television, Sky TV and Bigballs Films.