“What Just Hap­pened??! With Fred Sav­age” pre­mieres Sun­day on Fox. Fred Sav­age takes after­shows for a ride in new Fox se­ries

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Fred Sav­age is host­ing an af­ter­show. The catch: The show it comes af­ter doesn’t ex­ist, tech­ni­cally.

If you’ve never heard of the sci-fi se­ries “The Flare,” you aren’t alone ... but it’s dis­cussed at length by Sav­age, its “stars” and spe­cial guests on “What Just Hap­pened??! With Fred Sav­age,” which Fox pre­mieres Sun­day, June 30. Think of what “Talk­ing Dead” does in re­la­tion to “The Walk­ing Dead,” and you’ll rec­og­nize the in­ten­tion as “The Won­der Years” alum Sav­age (who’s also a top sit­com di­rec­tor now, and also a creator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of his new show) and oth­ers em­u­late such pro­grams.

“The Flare” al­ways ends in a mo­ment of suspense or drama or ex­cite­ment,“Sav­age ex­plains, ”and our show is called ‘What Just Hap­pened??!’ be­cause ‘The Flare’ leaves us just pulling our hair out be­cause it’s so in­cred­i­ble. We’re not pok­ing fun at any­thing or sat­i­riz­ing any­thing; we’re re­ally em­brac­ing the idea of fan­dom and that thing that each one of us is incredibly pas­sion­ate about.

“And we’re do­ing it positively,” notes Sav­age. “I feel like now, in par­tic­u­lar, is an in­ter­est­ing time to be a fan of some­thing. There al­ways seems to be some neg­a­tive an­gle where you start to hate that thing you’re a fan of, and this is re­ally a cel­e­bra­tion of that side of fan­dom that is just joy and en­thu­si­asm and sup­port.”

“Based” on an also-fic­tional book called “The Sun Is the Moon at Night” by nonex­is­tent au­thor TJ Whit­ford, “The Flare” is vis­i­ble in seg­ments di­rected by “24” vet­eran Jon Cas­sar. Its cast in­cludes Shiri Ap­pleby (“Un­REAL”), Kevin Zegers (“Dirty John”), Amy Acker and Tyler Rit­ter. Also ap­pear­ing on the “What Just Hap­pened??!” pre­miere is Rob Lowe, who starred with Sav­age in the Fox show “The Grinder” (and re­turns next sea­son in the new “9-1-1: Lone Star”).

“There is this fer­vent de­sire by fans of a show to dis­cuss it in a pub­lic fo­rum,” Sav­age says, “and even though you would think Twit­ter has be­come that fo­rum, all these cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant dra­mas – like ‘The Walk­ing Dead’ and ‘Break­ing Bad’ and ‘Stranger Things’ – have had these after­shows. We have some DNA from those (in ‘What Just Hap­pened??!’), but then, we’re also tak­ing a lot of el­e­ments from latenight talk shows. We have a co-host (co­me­dian Tay­lor Tomlinson), a band (Best Coast) and gen­uine guests who come on to do real in­ter­views. It’s a bit of a blend.”

As his stint as host of the ABC game show “Child Sup­port” also sug­gested, Sav­age en­joys ap­pear­ing as him­self now, in ad­di­tion to play­ing some­one else. “It’s stretch­ing me in new and some­times ter­ri­fy­ing ways,” he muses, “and for me per­son­ally, it’s ter­ri­bly ex­cit­ing in that re­spect.”

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