Now titled as The Moodys the eight-part series will follow the dysfunctional Moody family as they gather for family events over a single year.
Returning are Ian Meadows, Patrick Brammall, Jane Harber, Danny Adcock, Tina Bursill, Guy Edmonds, Darren Gilshenan, Rachel Gordon, and creator/writer Phil Lloyd.
New cast members will include Sacha Horler (Offspring, Crownies), Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters, Not Suitable for Children), and Jonny Pasvolsky (Home and Away, Underbelly, Mr and Mrs Murder).
According to a Press Release, in the new series “Dan (Ian Meadows) and Cora (Jane Harber) return home to Australia to set up house together. Now they are back Down Under, everything in their lives is topsy turvy. As they struggle to make ends meet, the Moody family home is up for sale; Sean’s (Patrick Brammall) funeral fireworks business is going great guns – literally; Maree (Tina Bursill) and Kevin (Danny Adcock) test the freewheeling lifestyle of the grey nomads; Bridget (Rachel Gordon) and Roger (Phil Lloyd) find out if there’s friendship after divorce; and Uncle Terry (Darren Gilshenan) is in a tangled love affair with Yvonne (Sacha Horler), a one-woman force of nature.”
“This series sees an expansion of the Moody’s world beyond the Christmas theme, providing many more relatable and typically Australian interactions which are rich fodder for comedy,” said Chloe Rickard, Jungleboys Series Producer.
Carole Sklan, ABC TV Head of Fiction, said: “We’re very excited that this series will see the Moodys escape the family home and embrace the wider world. Look out world!”
Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd return as writers while O’Donnell and Scott Pickett will direct.
O’Donnell and Lloyd are also writing a US adaptation for the FOX Network.
The Moodys will air on ABC1 in 2014.