Denis Leary to Star in FOX Comedy Special ‘A Moody Christmas’

Denis Leary to Star in FOX Comedy Special ‘A Moody Christmas’

Worcester’s own Denis Leary is making his return to broadcast television to star in the FOX holiday comedy special, A Moody Christmas.

According to DeadlineA Moody Christmas will be a six-episode, half-hour single camera comedy series that will premiere in December with Leary in the lead role of Sean Moody, Sr.  The series is an adaptation of the 2012 Australian comedy of the same name. 

About the series, Deadline describes it as: “Written by comedy veterans Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg and Tad Quill, the six-episode A Moody Christmas 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.”

Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at Fox Entertainment, told Deadline that the network is planning for multiple installments of the Moody family with the core cast that will include important life moments like weddings, funerals, family vacations and more. 

“It begins at Christmas but isn’t just limited to Christmas,” Thorn told Deadline.

Leary — who turns 62 on Sunday, August 18 — starred in and created the hit series Rescue Me from 2004 to 2011, and was the creator and star of Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll on FX for two seasons. 

Most recently, Leary appeared as a recurring character Billy in the TNT television series Animal Kingdom

Leary is the co-founder of Comics Come Home — along with Boston Bruins’ president and hall of famer Cam Neely — an annual stand-up comedy festival held to raise money for the Cam Neely Foundation and its fight against cancer. 

Comics Come Home made its debut in 1995 and is now the longest-running comedy fundraiser in the United States.


Lead photo credit: Denis Leary at San Diego Comic Con/ Gage Skidmore on / CC BY-SA

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