One of Denis Leary’s best feature films – The Ref – centers around the holidays, and now the Golden Globe nominated actor is set to star in a holiday-themed television project for Fox. The network announced Leary will star in the limited series A Moody Christmas which is expected to air this December.
Per Fox’s official announcement, A Moody Christmas is a single camera “event comedy” based on the Australian series of the same name. Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg, and Tad Quill are on board to write and executive produce. Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Trent O’Donnell, Phil Lloyd, and Jason Burrows will also executive produce.
“We have always wanted to work with Denis, whose signature gruffness, sarcasm and, dare I say it, heart, make him the perfect fit for this role,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, FOX Entertainment. “The Moody family nails that indescribable mix of love, loyalty and absolute chaos, and we can’t wait to introduce our viewers to them all this holiday season.”
Denis Leary recently starred in FX’s Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and had a guest starring role in Animal Kingdom. Leary created, wrote, and led the cast of the critically acclaimed drama, Rescue Me, from 2004 through 2011.
The Plot, Courtesy of Fox:
A Moody Christmas is adapted from the Australian series of the same name and centers on the Moodys, including Sean Sr., his wife, their three grown children and an assorted mix of extended family members who gather for the holidays, with each packing his/her own eccentricities and complications.
Leary will play Sean Sr., the beloved patriarch of the Moodys, a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional, family of five, all of whom return home to Chicago for the holidays, hiding secrets from each other – as if the holidays weren’t stressful enough!