What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage premiered on Fox Sunday night. The show is loosely based on after-shows like Talking Dead, which follows episodes from the The Walking Dead franchise. However, What Just Happened??! Is an after-show for a non-existent show called The Flare.
If the concept sounds confusing, that’s probably because it is — at least based on the Twitter response from viewers. The meta after-show doesn’t follow any existing after-show formats, instead borrowing elements from various talk shows and after-shows.
There was a field piece in which Savage unsuccessfully tried to interview Helen Mirren, who is a member of the non-existent cast. Savage wears Groucho Marx glasses and pretends to be delivering a pizza in hopes of meeting Mirren, but gets stopped by security.
Rob Lowe makes an appearance for an in-studio re-enactment of a popular scene from The Flare. Lowe is supposed to be a super-fan, even though The Flare just premiered, but spends most of his screen time plugging his 2011 book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.
#WhatJustHappened I'm not saying it's unwatchable, but I am saying I turned the channel, sold my TVs and canceled cable to make sure I never accidentally stumble upon this show again.— Eric Decker (@ericldecker) July 1, 2019
For the love of god, WTF is this #WhatJustHappened nightmare?— Mercy MONTANA, Cheif Covfefe (@_Mercy_Montana) July 1, 2019
I expect any non-animated show Fox debuts on Sunday night to be bad but #WhatJustHappened was one of the worst things I've seen on television. Fred Savage deserves better.— Will Reynolds (@willinois) July 1, 2019
The Twitter thread for #whatjusthappened was rather one-sided, with the vast majority of viewers disliking the show.
According to an interview Fred gave The Hollywood Reporter, this was one of new Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier’s first green-lit shows. The show did not receive much marketing and was released during a traditionally slow time for television, which means they may have known the writing was on the wall. Perhaps the remaining episodes can win over viewers?
What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage premiered Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
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