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If it's the end of the world as we know it, TV feels fine. Led by shows including AMC's The Walking Dead, TNT's Falling Skies and NBC's Revolution, postapocalyptic TV is blowing up — and a lot more of it is on the way.

"There's a huge appeal right at the moment," says Revolution executive producer Rockne S. O'Bannon. Among the upcoming shows that revolve around a dystopian future: The CW's The 100 (debuting Wed., March 19, at 9/8c), which follows a group of juvenile delinquents who are shipped from a space station back to Earth in order to see whether it's inhabitable a century after a nuclear holocaust. (The network also just ordered a pilot for The Messengers, about a group of people who are killed, then resurrected, after something crashes into Earth.)

In July comes FX's The Strain — created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and executive produced by Lost's Carlton Cuse — which stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as an epidemiologist charged with preventing a mysterious viral outbreak from destroying humanity. Also this summer, TNT's The Last Ship, from producer Michael Bay, centers on the crew of a naval destroyer tasked with saving humanity after 80 percent of the planet is wiped out by a pandemic. Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin star.

At HBO, Cuse's old Lost partner, Damon Lindelof, has co-created the upcoming drama The Leftovers, based on the 2011 novel by Tom Perrotta about what happens to the people who remain after a global rapturelike event. The Leftovers stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Liv Tyler.

Netflix is still kicking the tires on CBS' long-canceled post-nuclear explosion mystery Jericho, which it has considered reviving. Execs at the streaming service said fans shipped them several more boxes of peanuts over the holidays.

Amazon's contribution is the recently available-for-streaming pilot for The After, Chris Carter's first TV project since The X-Files ended in 2002. Carter says he isn't rushing to label the show as post-apocalyptic, but admits it still has all the characteristics: Eight strangers are thrown together after an unseen force brings about a world-wide power outage and mass hysteria. After gauging viewer reaction, Amazon will decide in the spring whether to bring The After to series.

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