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of Zorn" review by Suzanne
Airs Sundays 8:30 on FOX
This show is like a lot of FOX sitcoms: Great idea, but
not very funny. At least, if the first episode is any
indication. They showed it September 11, but the actual show
premiere is 9/25.
Jason Sudeikis stars as Zorn, an animated sword-wielding
hero in some distant island land. The twist is that
Zorn fathered a child with a regular, non-animated woman,
years ago, who lives back in Orange County, California
(Orange County is a very conservative area, where Ronald
Reagan is from, and where Disneyland is). His ex-wife, Edie
(Cheryl Hines), is now engaged to a boring psychology
professor, Craig (Tim Meadows). His teenage son is a
vegetarian and nothing like Zorn. Zorn is upset when
Craig doesn't want to see him, so he decides to take Edie's
advice to move there, get a job, and get to know his son.
I think I only laughed in part, when he was killing a
giant bird. Otherwise, it just wasn't very funny. If
you really like FOX's animated shows, give it time and maybe
it'll get better. It usually works the other way,
though....they start out funny and then get worse. Or like
some of the FOX shows, they just bad the whole time.
Not to pick on FOX....most of the network sitcoms are pretty
bad. At least they have "Family Guy," which is usually
pretty funny. The Simpsons used to be funny, back
before most of you were born!
From executive producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
(“The LEGO Movie,” “21 Jump Street”), and featuring the
voice of Jason Sudeikis (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, “Horrible
Bosses,” “We’re the Millers”), SON OF ZORN is a new hybrid
live-action/animated comedy about a warrior from a faraway
island in the Pacific Ocean – where everything and everyone
is animated – who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back
his live-action ex-wife and teenage son.
ZORN (Sudeikis), the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of
the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of
Grith, has fought in countless epic battles throughout his
life, but he may find the greatest challenge of all when he
travels back to suburbia to reconnect with his family.
Once there, Zorn finds himself estranged from his son,
ALANGULON or just “Alan” (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump
Street”), a 17-year-old with a mellow, P.C. attitude; and
Alan’s mother, Zorn’s ex-wife, EDIE (Cheryl Hines, “Curb
Your Enthusiasm”), a former wild child now living the life
of an upper middle class mom. Zorn’s efforts to win them
back are complicated by the fact that Edie is now engaged to
CRAIG (Tim Meadows, “Saturday Night Live”), an online
psychology professor and a stable presence in their lives.
Nevertheless, to be a good dad, Zorn commits to remaining in
Orange County for the long haul, renting an apartment and
even working in the exciting field of industrial soap sales
under his boss, LINDA (Artemis Pebdani, “Scandal,” “It’s
Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who appreciates his passion,
but just wants him to rein it in at the office.
As he adjusts to life in the suburbs, Zorn is the classic
fish out of water, navigating his way through fatherhood,
divorce and a boring office job. Sure, as an overlord of
pain, he defeated glombeasts, wolf-bats and bloodthirsty
arachnobots, but now he’ll go toe-to-toe with a new set of
enemies: meter maids, dress codes and the DMV.
SON OF ZORN is a production of 20th Century
Fox Television. Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné (“Wilfred”)
co-created and co-wrote the pilot. Phil Lord, Christopher
Miller and Seth Cohen (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH)
executive-produce, alongside Agnew and Jorné. Sally Bradford
McKenna (“The Grinder,” “The Goldbergs”) executive-produces
and serves as showrunner. Eric Appel (BROOKLYN NINE-NINE)
executive-produces and serves as director. “Like” SON OF
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