FOX announced this week that Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated actor and comedian Denis Leary is starring in the network’s upcoming limited series, “A Moody Christmas,” scheduled to air this December.

According to the network, Leary will star in the single-camera, holiday-themed event comedy, playing the role of Sean SR., the beloved patriarch of the Moodys. The family is a tight-knit, but a slightly dysfunctional, family of five, all of whom return home to Chicago for the holidays, hiding secrets from each other.

“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,” noted 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.”

“A Moody Christmas” has six episodes, and is adapted from the Australian series of the same name. The series 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.

The series is from CBS Television Studios and FOX Entertainment. The series 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.

If you love holiday specials, ABC is airing the special holiday movie “Same Time, Next Christmas” set to air in December 2019, from Freeform Studios. The movie stars New York Times bestselling author and singer, Lea Michele, who is known for her role as Rachel Berry on the Fox hit series “Glee.”

In “Same Time, Next Christmas,” Lea Michele will play the lead role of Olivia Henderson, a young woman who met her childhood sweetheart during her family’s annual Christmas visit to Hawaii. After being separated by distance and years, the two reunite at the same Hawaii resort years later and the old chemistry between them flares up anew – but circumstances conspire to keep them apart.

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