Fall Preview 2016: Will ‘Son of Zorn’ be a ridiculous (and winning) experiment?

Zorn -Fox is a network that does take some risks, and we will perpetually give them some credit for that. They are certainly taking one with the upcoming “Son of Zorn,” a series that is a mixture of comedy and live-action that features Jason Sudeikis as a He-Man sort of warrior trying to return to an ordinary life. It is completely ridiculous, but at the same time there may be something here that appeals to younger viewers, especially those who may not have checked out the Sunday-night animation domination lineup for some time.

If you look below, you can see more of our early take on the show as a part of our Fall Preview series.

Premiere Date and Timeslot Competition – Sunday, September 25 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. It’s got a great lead-in via “The Simpsons,” and in turn should be able to capitalize heavily on some of what is airing beforehand in terms of NFL programming. It also has going for it a lack of similar shows elsewhere, given that CBS has “NCIS: Los Angeles” while ABC has “Once Upon a Time.” Football on NBC may be its biggest competition.

Logline – “Upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, Zorn, a fully animated, legendary warrior, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son and ex-wife while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life is harder than waging actual war in his distant, mystical homeland of Zephyria.”

Cast – Jason Sudeikis, Johnny Pemberton, Cheryl Hines, and Tim Meadows.

Trailer – So long as you recognize this show for what it is (a silly, obnoxious, semi-animated series that is meant to shock and offend you at times), you’ll probably find it funny. Sudeikis brings it as a voice actor; its biggest flaw is clearly that it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Some out there will find it too crass and inappropriate; others will probably love it.

Overall Take – This is a show that probably well have a love-it-or-hate it response after the pilot, but if it gets enough viewers it won’t matter. There are some laughs to be found, and the larger challenge may just be trying to figure out a way to sustain this in the long-term once the idea starts to feel a little less original.

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