In a one-of-a-kind, heartfelt tribute to a Hollywood legend, the stars of some of TV and film’s most iconic titles, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, come together to celebrate The Happy Days of Garry Marshall, airing Tuesday, May 12 on ABC.

Marshall created Happy Days, his first series for ABC, in 1974, kick-starting a prolific career in film and television. Marshall, who died in 2016, was well-loved by his casts and crews, and he was responsible for making stars of some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, and Ron Howard. 

Marshall’s family and friends will also be on hand to share their favorite memories of the creative genius. It was 1974 when Marshall created his first series for ABC and introduced America to “The Cunninghams.”

Love and the Happy Days

Happy Days, a half-hour comedy series that followed the Cunningham family in an idealized vision of mid-century life, grew out of an episode in the romantic anthology series Love, American Style. After the show was picked up to series, it grew to be a bona fide hit during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Shows that were spun off from Happy Days, like Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy, dominated television ratings with their quirky humor during their heyday. 

“Garry famously said, ‘I never wanted to change the world. I wanted to entertain the world.’ And for more than six decades, his work in television and films made us laugh, touched our hearts and always left us feeling good,” said John Scheinfeld, executive producer of The Happy Days of Garry Marshall. “Featuring his most famous stars, this very special celebration captures the hilarious, positive, upbeat and romantic nature of Garry Marshall. It’s exactly the show we need right now.”

A Tribute With Star Power

Additional appearances include ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and actors Abigail Breslin, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cary Elwes, Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Lowe and John Stamos, as well as Marshall’s wife, Barbara, and their children Scott, Kathleen and Lori, who share never-before-heard stories about Marshall, including a look back at the start of his career in Hollywood.

The Happy Days of Garry Marshall is produced by Crew Neck Productions for ABC and is written and directed by John Scheinfeld.

ABC programming can also be viewed on-demand and on Hulu.

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David Derks
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David Derks is Vice President of ASIFA-Hollywood, as well as digital producer for EuroPacific Films and Web producer for AnimationScoop.com and LeonardMaltin.com. He is currently with ViacomCBS (MTV, BET, CBS, CBS All Access, AwesomenessTV, Paramount Television, Comedy Central, TV Land, CMT and Nickelodeon). He was previously at ABC Studios and involved with shows like Desperate Housewives, LOST, Alias, Grey’s Anatomy, According to Jim and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as television miniseries like Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital. He was recently a digital producer at Twentieth Television and oversaw Divorce Court, Judge Alex and Dish Nation. Additionally, David is also a cartoonist for the online digital cartoon site String Theory Cartoons.

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