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Are apocalypse shows the new comic book shows? It certainly feels like every TV network has one, will have one soon, or wants to have one. Either that, or Oprah's been handing them out in gift bags.

NBC has ordered 10 episodes of Apocalypse, a new dramedy (because the apocalypse is funny now) starring Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Matthew Baynton (The Wrong Mans), the network announced Wednesday.

"This is an out-of-the-box and wholly original project that offers just the right combination of both high drama and humor," Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

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Set against the backdrop of apocalyptic chaos, the series--a co-production with New Zealand cable network Sky TV--follows an extended family whose members are inspired to reconnect with one another following the news that a comet is headed straight for Earth (don't worry, Bruce Willis will almost certainly save us all).

Although we don't know who's playing who, the show's characters include a "foul-mouthed 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."

Production on Apocalypse will begin later this month. Will you watch?

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