It feels like it's been forever since we last checked in with writer, executive producer, and showrunner Eliza Clark (Animal Kingdom, The Killing) to see how things were going with FX on Hulu's adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's comic book series Y: The Last Man– but it's actually only been about a week or so. But as you're about to see, it would be easy to understand why because production is rolling along at a strong, steady pace. Thankfully, we have Clark to thank for being one of the best one-person public relations and promotion machine that the series could wish for (and makes covering the series so much easier). Here's a look at what we learned:
First up, Clark is out scouting locations for the fourth episode with director Destiny Ekaragha and DoP Catherine Lutes:
Next up, Clark offers viewers a look at director Daisy Mayer and writer Katie Edgerton on set:
A look at the post-apocalyptic world:
Another look at Mayer on set:
And finally, a look Marin Ireland aka Nora Brady, the President's senior assistant and right hand – balancing family life with a job navigating the corridors of power:
With Clark writing the first two episodes as well as executive producing and show-running, and Louise Friedberg directing (with women directing every episode of the first season), Y: The Last Man presents a world where all of the men dead. All but one. Based on DC Comics' acclaimed comic book series from Vaughan and Guerra, Y traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates all but Yorick Brown (Schnetzer) and his Capuchin monkey. The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better:
FX's Y stars Ben Schnetzer (Happy Town), Elliot Fletcher (Shameless), Diane Lane (Man of Steel), Olivia Thirlby (The L Word: Generation Q), Ashley Romans (NOS4A2), Juliana Canfield (Succession), Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete), Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Inside Amy Schumer), and Diana Bang (The Order). Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson of Color Force (American Crime Story, Pose, Crazy Rich Asians), Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Master of None), and Vaughan executive produce.
Schnetzer's Yorick Brown is a young man who uses humor to deflect from his problems – and who may be the lone male survivor of a worldwide plague. Fletcher's Sam Jordan is Brown's (Schnetzer) best friend, and enabler. His background (he grew up in poverty with absent parents), has made him resourceful and resilient in a world where surviving men are greeted with suspicion or worse. Street smart but occasionally self-destructive, he is wry and funny, with a big heart. Thirlby's Hero Brown is a tough and confident EMT who nurses a deep emotional trauma that often leads her to cross personal and professional lines. Lane's Congresswoman Jennifer Brown is a first-term Junior Senator who's already made a name for herself in political circles for her willingness to put personal ideals above politics- and is also the mother of Yorick and Hero Brown.
Tamblyn's Kimberly Cunningham is the President of the United States' daughter, groomed for a career in politics and to uphold her father's conservative values. Ireland's Nora Brady is the President's senior assistant and right hand – balancing family life with a job navigating the corridors of power. Romans' Agent 355 is a Secret Service agent who performs the duties of her job with the utmost professionalism – even under the most unexpected set of circumstances. Canfield's Beth DeVille is a Brooklyn-based knife maker who grew up on a farm and went to New York to experience the big city. She finds something endearing about the hapless Yorick; and when they're together, there's the undeniable spark of two kids in love. Bang's Dr. Allison Mann is an expert geneticist searching to discover the cause of the plague and why Yorick survived.