8:30am PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
'No Tomorrow' Boss Previews Pre-Apocalyptic Comedy and Shares Her Season 1 Bucket List
In the tradition of Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW on Tuesday will launch the freshman hour-long comedy No Tomorrow. Like Jane, the show is an adaptation of a foreign series, and it also boasts a Jane grad – former co-executive producer Corinne Brinkerhoff – who developed the U.S. adaptation and serves as showrunner.
However, for all those similarities, it's safe to say there's nothing quite like No Tomorrow on television. The series centers on a risk-averse, straight-laced woman named Evie (Tori Anderson) who falls for a freewheeling man named Xavier (Joshua Sasse) who lives life to the fullest ... because he believes the apocalypse is coming.
The Hollywood Reporter had Brinkerhoff break down what No Tomorrow brings to the table as The CW's latest comedy, what the inspiration behind the series was and more.
How will No Tomorrow fit in with The CW’s recent comedic push with Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend?
I hope it will carve out its own place. One key distinction is that it's a two-hander rather than a solo female lead.
Are you looking to be strictly comedic, or will the show dip into dramatic waters as well?
We think of it as a comedy with heart. The show is about finding joy and living in the moment. What does that look like for each of these people? Xavier might be certifiable, but his way of life is undeniably appealing. It's contagious. We'll see the ripple effect, for better or worse, in all of our characters.
Usually apocalyptic-themed shows are more dramatic thrillers, so what was the inspiration behind this comedy?
While I was on Jane the Virgin, I met with [executive producer] Ben Silverman about developing a pilot together. He brought up a Brazilian half-hour, Como Aproveitar o Fim do Mundo (How to Enjoy the End of the World), and the concept was immediately appealing to me. I could see the show right away -- instead of post-apocalyptic doom, it's pre-apocalyptic joy. The underlying message is one we all know on a gut level: The clock is ticking. We should be living in the moment, relishing each day. But we get distracted by everyday minutiae, we settle into routines, we give up on far-fetched hopes. We forget it’s just a short ride -- we should make it as joyful as possible.
How did other apocalyptic shows like The Walking Dead and The 100 influence your series?
I think those are excellent shows but wildly different, tonally. The stronger influences here were Last Man on Earth and Jane the Virgin.
Will you reach the "apocalypse" date that Xavier is counting down to in the first season, or is that something for future seasons to deal with?
I can't say.
Did you go into this season with a finite number of future seasons planned, or are you hoping this show can continue for as long as possible, even past the apocalypse date?
I hope it can continue as long as possible. We're having a lot of fun.
What are you most excited for viewers to get to see from No Tomorrow?
The seize-the-day set pieces, the adorable relatability of Tori Anderson, the roguish charm of Joshua Sasse, the comedy chops of Jesse Rath and Jonathan Langdon, the brilliant weirdness of Amy Pietz, and Sarayu Blue killing it as a hedonistic nihilist.
Since The CW's charming new rom-com with a twist is all about what someone wants to accomplish before the (supposedly impending) end of the world, it seemed only right to also find out what Brinkerhoff has on her bucket list for season one. And she didn't disappoint.
1. Get musical
"Show off the singing talents of our cast. Josh even wrote an original song for the show that we're hoping to feature."
2. Get Olympic
"Shoot a scene with our characters on the Olympic bobsled course at Whistler Mountain."
3. Get creative
"Shoot an episode Birdman-style, seemingly in one take."
4. Get punny
"Use at least one pun from staff writer Gracie Glassmeyer per episode. She is a master of puns, one of which inspired the title and opening scene of episode three."
5. Get a crossover
"Crossover episode with Jane the Virgin. One of our characters already has 'Meet Rogelio de la Vega [Jaime Camil]' on his Apocalyst."
6. Get inspirational
"Remind people that whether we have 80 years or 8 months and 12 days, it's all a blip on the cosmic calendar. Really, why are you even still reading this? Go cross something off your list."
No Tomorrow airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.