‘Merry Happy Whatever’s Dennis Quaid & Brent Morin Discuss Their Holiday Traditions

     November 30, 2019

Over Dennis Quaid’s prolific career, the actor’s appeared in nearly a hundred films and tv series – Westerns, horror, action, comedy… Any genre or medium you can think of… Except one: the sitcom. That all changes with Merry Happy Whatever—a seemingly old-fashioned multi-cam focusing on a dysfunctional family bonding and (mostly) tearing each other apart over the Holiday Season. Quaid stars as Don, the patriarch of the family; old-fashioned and conservative, he keeps all his children on their toes (and even more so – his children’s significant others). Much of the first season focuses on Don’s relationship with Matt (Brent Morin) – his daughter, Emmy’s new boyfriend. Matt immediately seeks Don’s approval to marry his daughter… which he, of course, doesn’t get. It’s a familiar set-up, but one that Merry Happy Whatever twists as the season progresses, particularly towards the end– which skews far more dramatic than the first episodes would suggest.

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In the following interview with stars Dennis Quaid & Brent Morin, they discuss their holiday traditions, what it’s like being Dennis Quaid’s dog and what inspired Quaid to do his first-ever sitcom role. For the full interview, watch above.

Dennis Quaid & Brent Morin:
(Of note: Quaid brought his dog Peaches for all interviews at the junket)

  • What are the holidays like for Dennis Quaid’s dog, Peaches?
  • What are Quaid and Morin’s holiday traditions?
  • How dysfunctional is Brent Morin’s holidays as compared to the show?
  • What provoked Dennis Quaid to star in his first sitcom?

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