That Thing You Do stars Tom Everett Scott and Steve Zahn are reuniting 20+ years after the musical-driven romantic comedy hit theaters. Zahn and Scott aren’t part of a secret sequel but instead will be teaming up for Netflix’s The Healing Powers of Dude.
The eight-episode half-hour comedy series is set to premiere on January 13, 2020. And while we’ll see Tom Everett Scott in a starring role, we’ll only hear Steve Zahn. Zahn is providing the voice of the title character, a dog named Dude. Jace Chapman and Larisa Oleynik also star in the first season.
In addition to announcing the cast, Netflix released a short teaser video and a batch of photos from season one.
Sam Littenberg-Weisberg and Erica Spates created the series.
The Plot, Courtesy of Netflix:
In the Netflix family comedy series The Healing Powers of Dude, 11-year-old Noah Ferris (Chapman) is struggling with a social anxiety disorder that can make the simplest everyday activities feel like he’s drowning in quicksand. But after years of homeschooling, Noah bravely decides that he wants to give middle school a chance and perhaps even make some friends he’s not related to.
To help him navigate his new environment, his parents (Scott and Oleynik) get Noah a scruffy, high-energy emotional support dog called Dude (Zahn). While Dude’s a novice with a short attention span and a distracting obsession with treats, what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in charm, spunk and wanting the best for Noah. If this unlikely pair can find a way to overcome their differences and work together, they may just survive everything from wisecracking pre-teens to a cat-obsessed school principal and make it through the school year.
The Healing Powers of Dude is a buddy comedy about a boy, his dog and the power of friendship that can come in any form (or breed).