11:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Aftershow Spoof 'What Just Happened??!,' Starring Fred Savage, a Go at Fox
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier is ready to have some fun with the newly independent broadcast network.
Fox has handed out a nine-episode, straight-to-series order for What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage, a satire on the glut of aftershows and the big genre dramas they follow — like AMC's Talking Dead and The Walking Dead.
What Just Happened??! is described as a half-hour hybrid comedy/talk show whose focus is fictional drama series The Flare. The latter is based on the also-fictional book The Moon Is the Sun at Night, which revolves around a solar event and its effects on Earth — specifically, the small, blue-collar town of Milford, Ill. – and slowly unfolds into a post-apocalyptic battle for human survival. The Flare and Moon were both teased on Fox's social media accounts early Monday. (See those teases in the photo above.)
Savage will be the superfan of the book who serves as the pseudo-host of What Just Happened??!. The half-hour satire will feature sit-down celebrity interviews, set visits to the fake set of fake drama The Flare, and interviews with the latter's "cast," on top of discussions with fans and more.
What Just Happened will debut Sunday, June 30, at 9:30 p.m. as a summer original. It joins the 90210 spoof — featuring the original cast — on Fox's summer schedule.
Savage created the series alongside Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein (Grandfathered). The trio will exec produce the comedy alongside David A. Hurwitz, Jen Patton and Adam Lowitt. Writers on the series include Abbey McBride, Edgar Momplaisir, Chase Mitchell, Agathe Panaretos and Sean O’Connor. Jon Cassar serves as a director on The Flare, while Carrie Havel will helm the "talk show." The comedy hails from the now-Disney-owned 20th Century Fox TV, where Savage is under an overall deal.
What Just Happened??! comes as Fox, following 21st Century Fox's asset sale to Disney, is now an independent broadcast network. Former AMC president Collier — who saw The Walking Dead postshow, Talking Dead, be replicated by other outlets — wants the new Fox Entertainment to be seen as a scrappy network. Between What Just Happened??! and 90210, his early orders thus far have been big swings typically associated with a network looking to make noise.