Elizabeth Perkins has been cast opposite Denis Leary on “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, Ann (Perkins), 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,” according to Fox’s description.
Ann is “the matriarch 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.”
Co-produced by CBS TV Studios and Fox Entertainment, “A Moody Christmas” will air this December on Fox.
“I can think of no better foil for Denis Leary than Elizabeth,” Michael Thorn, president of Entertainment at Fox Entertainment, said. “She’s got the comedy chops and the gravitas to go toe-to-toe with him in any situation, and I can’t wait to see their chemistry ignite on screen. Here’s to a very Moody Christmas!”
“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.
Perkins small-screen credits include HBO’s “Sharp Objects,” NBC’s “This is Us,” Netflix’s GLOW,” as well as “Weeds” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She will next be seen in the upcoming series “Truth be Told,” opposite Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan.
Deadline first reported news of Perkins’ casting.