Denis Leary to Star in Fox Holiday Event Series ‘A Moody Christmas’

Adaptation of the Australian comedy series will air in December

Denis Leary

Denis Leary will star in “A Moody Christmas,” Fox’s upcoming holiday event series.

The six-episode comedy, adapted from the Australian series of the same name, centers on the Moodys, “including Sean Sr. (Leary), 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,” Fox said.

The “Rescue Me” star/co-creator 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!”

Co-produced by CBS TV Studios and Fox Entertainment, “A Moody Christmas” will air this December on Fox.

“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 of Entertainment at 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.”

“A Moody Christmas” is written and executive-produced by Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg and Tad Quill. Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Trent O’Donnell, Phil Lloyd and Jason Burrows also serve as executive producers. The event series is based on the Jungleboys Entertainment Pty Limited and Australian Broadcasting Corporation series of the same name.

Along with FX’s “Rescue Me,” Leary’s previous credits include TNT’s “Animal Kingdom,” ABC’s “The Job,” and FX’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.”

Deadline first reported the news of Leary’s casting.