ABC Planning a Massive Tribute to Garry Marshall
Garry Marshall died in 2016, but his legacy is immense. The writer, director, and producer was behind iconic television shows like Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Mork and Mindy. He also directed famous films like Pretty Woman, the Princess Diaries, and Beaches.
Many people who worked alongside Garry Marshall will be getting together for a celebration of his work. The American television network ABC will air the special entitled The Happy Days of Garry Marshall on May 12.
The show will feature a celebration of Marshall’s work and illustrate the many things he has done in entertainment. Many of the greatest highlights and moments of his shows and films will be on display.
Marshall’s start in Hollywood and his rise to fame will also be profiled. Many of his closest friends and workers will share new insights and stories surrounding his prolific work.
The special comes as many television networks are scrambling to find programs during the current pandemic. The general desire is to try and air positive or upbeat programming that will make people feel happy. This special is one of many efforts from the networks, especially given the positive nature of many of Marshall’s works.
Many Big Names
Among the people participating in the event include many people who starred in Marshall’s productions:
- Happy Days will be represented by stars Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Don Most, Anson Williams, and Marion Ross.
- Pretty Woman co-stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere will appear, as will Hector Elizondo.
- Cindy Williams, best known for playing Shirley on Laverne and Shirley, will be there. David Lander and Michael McKean will also appear.
- Pam Dawber, who starred as Mindy in Mork and Mindy, will be on the special.
- Princess Diaries stars Anne Hathaway, Julia Andrews, and Chris Pine will reunite.
- Beaches star Barbara Hershey will also show up.
Other stars who have been heavily inspired by Marshall’s work who will appear include Jimmy Kimmel, Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Gardner, Rob Lowe, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Marshall’s Family Will Appear
Garry Marshall’s wife Barbara will take part in the ABC special. The two were married for 53 years. Their three children Scott, Kathleen, and Lori will also star. They will be interviewed for the special, as they will talk about many things surrounding Garry and his work.
At the Right Time
John Scheinfeld, the writer and director of the special, said in a statement that this new Garry Marshall tribute special is coming at the right time. Scheinfeld says that one of Marshall’s favorite things to do was to make people feel good about themselves and to laugh and be happy.
With the current pandemic spreading around the world, Scheinfeld is hoping that this special will be something that brings people together and makes them smile. The positive attitude of the special could also be a key for summer television programming. There is a potential for many uplifting shows to come about, regardless of whether the pandemic ends early or keeps going along over time.