12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Interview' Writer Boards 'Last Man on Earth' as Showrunner
The Interview writer Dan Sterling is heading to The Last Man on Earth.
The comedy veteran has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Under the deal, Sterling — whose credits include NBC's The Office — will join Fox's The Last Man on Earth as executive producer/showrunner, working alongside fellow EPs Will Forte, Chris Miller and Phil Lord.
"Getting Dan to come to the studio is such a big win for us," 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonnie Davis said. "It's bold and original voices like Dan's which continue to set our company apart from the others, and we've had a fantastic time developing with him this past year. He's also quite possibly Last Man on Earth's biggest fan — so having him set up shop here and run that show has us all over the moon."
The deal reunites Sterling with Miller and Lord, with whom he developed a multicamera comedy via the latter duo's deal with the studio. The half-hour landed at CBS with a hefty put-pilot commitment following a multiple-network bidding war.
Before serving as an EP on The Office's final season, Sterling was a consulting producer on HBO's Girls and served as showurnner on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program. On the feature side, he co-wrote the controversial The Interview with stars Seth Rogen and James Franco.
Sterling is repped by UTA and attorney Robert Offer.
Last Man on Earth has already been renewed for a second season at Fox.
Following the May 3 season finale, Miller told THR that there's a "possibility" the series could go beyond its freshman order of 13 episodes.
"We’ve been talking to [Fox] about the right amount. We [don’t] want to do a full 22, especially because Will is so instrumental in the writer’s room, and he’s on set all the time and in the edit room," he said. "It’s really difficult to keep up the level of quality we want in that many episodes without him dying. (Laughs.) We want him to live."