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NBC Greenlights Dramedy 'Apocalypse'

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UPDATE 4:05 PM EST - TVWise is also reporting that Pauline Quirke (Birds of a Feather), Paterson Joseph (Law & Order UK) and Joel Fry (Game of Thrones) are also to be regular cast members.

Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer and Mathew Baynton are set to star in the new NBC hourlong dramedy “Apocalypse.”

The hourlong series is a co-production with Sky TV scheduled for 10 episodes. Filming will begin later this month.

“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.

“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.’”

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