‘What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage’ Series Pokes Fun at Aftershows

What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage
Fred Savage in ‘What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage’ (Photo © 2019 Fox Media LLC)

It was bound to happen at some point, given the overabundance of aftershows. Fox is teaming up with actor/producer Fred Savage for the half-hour comedy, What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage, an aftershow about a fictional series. The network describes the series as a “hybrid comedy/talk show” focusing on The Flare, a television drama that doesn’t actually exist.

Fox has set a June 30, 2019 premiere date. The series will air Sundays at 9:30pm ET/PT.

Fred Savage created What Just Happened??! with Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein. Savage hosts the show and executive produces with Jeser, Silverstein, David A. Hurwitz, Jen Patton, and Adam Lowitt. Abbey McBride, Edgar Momplaisir, Chase Mitchell, Agathe Panaretos and Sean O’Connor are writing the first season. Jon Cassar (The Orville, 24: Legacy) directs the fake series and Carrie Havel directs the real aftershow.

Emmy nominated actor Fred Savage’s credits include The Princess Bride, The Wonder Years, The Wizard, The Grinder, and Friends from College. Savage has also been keeping busy behind the camera, directing episodes of Modern Family, The Goldbergs, 2 Broke Girls, and The Cool Kids. He’s earned four Directors Guild of America Awards nominations as well as two Golden Globes nominations, a Critics’ Choice nomination, and two Emmy nominations.

The Plot, Courtesy of Fox:

The Flare is based on fictional author TJ Whitford’s sci-fi book series, The Moon is the Sun at Night, which has been a favorite of Savage’s since childhood. The book revolves around a solar event and its effects on Earth – specifically, the small, blue-collar town of Milford, IL – and slowly unfolds into a post-apocalyptic battle for human survival.

The after-show will feature multiple segments, including authentic sit-down celebrity interviews, set visits to The Flare and interviews with the ‘cast,’ as well as discussions with fans and more.”