Will Forte's Return to TV Is Promising in Light of Recent 'SNL' Alumni Success
Will Forte is back on television, and no, it's not as MacGruber. Forte's new show, Last Man on Earth , was just picked up by Fox. He both created and stars in the show, a single-camera comedy that follows Forte as the last man on earth (duh).
Although endless listicles can be made about the (usually bad) films to come out of Saturday Night Live, it seems that former cast members are at their best when they're in their element on the small screen. Forte isn't the first Saturday Night Live member to return to television, and hopefully, he won't be the last.
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