Rob Lowe and Megan Mullally Sign Up for ‘Apocalypse’

Rob Lowe and Megan Mullally to Star in Apocalypse
Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger in ‘Parks and Recreation’ (Photo by Chris Haston / NBC)

NBC’s moving forward on Apocalypse starring Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer, Matthew Baynton, Paterson Joseph and Joel Fry. The sci-fi dramedy from series creator/writer Iain Hollands (Beaver Falls) has been greenlit for 10 hour-long episodes and filming’s expected to begin this month.

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

The co-production with Sky TV has Michael Engler (30 Rock) signed on to direct the first two episodes.

The Plot:

Apocalypse is a bold, adrenaline-fueled series about the last days of mankind. Set against a backdrop of apocalyptic chaos, the story follows an extended family whose lives start to intersect in the most unexpected ways. Their renewed connections are triggered by the news that a comet is on an unavoidable collision course toward Earth.

Characters include a rebellious priest, an unhinged white supremacist, a mild-mannered bank manager, a germ-phobic cyber-terrorist, a five-star general and a child who (possibly) rose from the dead. Some of them are destined to make it to a bunker deep beneath the ground, and as a result will become the unlikely (and frankly, somewhat unsuitable) future of mankind.

-By Rebecca Murray

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