Monday, April 29, 2019

FOX Orders 9 Episodes of Hybrid Comedy/Talk Show 'What Just Happened' Starring Fred Savage

FOX has today given a straight-to-series order to the half-hour hybrid comedy/talk show starring Fred Savage (The Wonder Years, The Grinder). Moreover, the broadcast network has set a Summer 2019 premiere date for the series.

The comedy is a satire of the glut of aftershows and the big genre dramas they follow. One half focuses on the fictional drama series The Flare, based on the fictional book The Moon Is the Sun at Night. It revolves around a solar event and its effects on Earth - specifically, the small, blue-collar town of Milford, Illinois - and slowly unfolds into a post-apocalyptic battle for human survival.

The other half will feature Savage as the super-fan of the book who serves as the pseudo-host of the aftershow that accompanies the drama. It will feature sit-down celebrity interviews, set visits to the fake drama and interviews with the latter's "cast," on top of discussions with fans and more.

Savage co-created the series with Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein. They will executive produce with David A. Hurwitz, Jen Patton and Adam Lowitt. 20th Century Fox Television will produce.

Writers for the first season include Abbey McBride, Edgar Momplaisir, Chase Mitchell, Agathe Panaretos and Sean O'Connor. Jon Cassar will direct the fake drama The Flare, while Carrie Havel will helm the What Just Happened "talk show."

The nine-episode first season will debut on Sunday, June 30 at 9:30/8:30c.