Netflix has given an eight-episode series order to Merry Happy Whatever, a holiday-themed multi-camera comedy series starring and executive produced by Dennis Quaid.
Quaid will play Don Quinn, a strong-willed patriarch who must balance the demands of his complicated family with the stress of the Christmas season when his youngest daughter comes home for the holidays with a new boyfriend. Netflix has ordered eight episodes. Should the show get renewed, it is possible it could take place during different holidays.
Quaid will serve as an executive producer in addition to starring. Tucker Cawley who executive producer for former Everybody Loves Raymond will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner.
Dennis Quaid/Tucker Cawley/Netflix
Quaid is primarily known for his feature work, having starred in films like “Frequency,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” and “The Right Stuff.” On the TV side, he has previously starred in shows such as “The Art of More” and “Vegas.” He is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.
Cawley wrote Merry Happy Whatever on spec, which was developed at Netflix.
Quaid is the latest veteran movie star to headline a Netflix comedy series, joining Grace & Frankie‘s Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and The Kominsky Method‘s Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. On TV, he previously toplined Fortitude, The Art of More and Vegas and stars opposite Billy Bob Thornton on the upcoming third season of Amazon’s Goliath.
Quaid’s recent big-screen credits include A Dog’s Purpose and I Can Only Imagine, and he next will be seen starring in Sony’s The Intruder and in Universal’s A Dog’s Journey. He is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.