While everyone often talks about the Disney side of the Disney/Fox merger that finalized this past year, there’s a lot to be said for the assets that didn’t make it into the acquisition – primarily that of Fox Broadcasting. For the first time in its existence, Fox Broadcasting Company finds itself in the advantageous position of not being tied to a parent studio that requires the network to air a certain amount of in-house productions for the sake of second-tier streaming and syndication deals. And, with that newfound freedom comes an opportunity to redefine itself as the home for shows no other network would put on the air… one such example being a new Christmas event series starring Denis Leary called The Moodys.
Based on the Australian format of the same name, The Moodys follows the life of the Chicago based Moody family as its elders and three adult children all come together for a week of hijinks that could very well end up destroying them by the time Santa makes his way down the chimney.
While based on a very gimmicky sell, there’s a lot to love about this one. It’s got that classic Denis Leary edge while managing to be a really great Christmas adventure. And, while the show holds true to its very deliberately devised event series premise that sees every episode cover a single day in the lead-up to Christmas, it still manages to feel like a classic single-cam sitcom with episodes that feel as self-contained as they need to be.
And, before further words are misinterpreted, let it be known that this comedy is very funny. If you’re a fan of the hard-edged Leary-ecosystem humor that came from the likes of Sirens, Maron and The Job, you’re going to get a kick out of this one, especially if you were a fan of Sirens in particular. Not only does this show feature that show’s creator, but also some familiar faces will be appearing along the way.
Overall, The Moodys is a great example of the kind of show Fox should be making right now. A six-episode, three-night event for the Christmas holiday is so insane that it could only work on a broadcast network that has no corporate master to answer to at this moment.
And, frankly, nothing would be better than to get a fresh adventure with this family for a variety of holiday seasons throughout the calendar year. So, people should really consider checking it out for that reason alone.
The Moodys premieres this Wednesday at 9/8c on Fox