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Paramount+ Original Drama Series “Happy Face” to Star Dennis Quaid

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Emmy® Award and Golden Globe®-nominated actor Dennis Quaid has been announced as the lead in the upcoming original drama series HAPPY FACE, set to premiere on Paramount+. Inspired by the true-crime podcast “Happy Face” and the autobiographical book “Shattered Silence,” the show will delve into the chilling story of a real-life serial killer known as “Happy Face.” Quaid will portray this notorious killer, named for the smiley faces he left behind at crime scenes. Joining him is Annaleigh Ashford, who will play Melissa, his daughter.

The first season of HAPPY FACE, consisting of eight episodes, will commence production this spring in Vancouver and is scheduled to air exclusively on Paramount+ worldwide in 2025. The series draws inspiration from Melissa Moore’s life story and her critically acclaimed podcast of the same name. Additionally, it takes cues from Moore’s autobiography, co-written with M. Bridget Cook, titled “Shattered Silence.”

HAPPY FACE centers around Happy Face (Quaid), a convicted serial killer who reenters his estranged daughter Melissa’s (Ashford) life after years of no contact. As time runs out before an innocent man faces execution for a crime committed by Happy Face himself, Melissa races against time to uncover the truth. Alongside this search for justice, she grapples with discovering how her father impacted his victims’ families while confronting her own identity.

Dennis Quaid brings his talent and experience to the role of Happy Face. A two-time Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award nominee, Quaid has amassed an impressive filmography that includes popular films like “The Rookie,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “Traffic,” and “Vantage Point.” He recently starred in Paramount+’s hit series LAWMEN: BASS REEVES and completed work on the biopic Reagan where he portrayed former president Ronald Reagan.

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HAPPY FACE is a CBS Studios production in collaboration with King Size Productions, iHeartPodcasts, and Semi-Formal Productions. The first episode will be directed by Michael Showalter, known for his work on “The Dropout” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” The executive producers include Jennifer Cacicio, who also serves as showrunner, as well as Robert and Michelle King, Liz Glotzer, Melissa Moore, Conal Byrne, Will Pearson, Showalter, and Jordana Mollick. Paramount Global Content Distribution handles the distribution of the series.


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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