SON OF ZORN
Starring: Cheryl Hines, Johnny Pemberton, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani, and Jason Sudeikis
Created by Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne
Written by Reed Agnew & Eli Jorne, Directed by Eric Appel
Despite being the first to premiere, I think it's safe to say that Son of Zorn is one of the most unique new entries of the 2016-17 season. Zorn (Jason Sudeikis) is a warrior from the island of Zephyria in the South Pacific Ocean who makes his way back to Orange County to reconnect with his ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines) and teenage son, Alangulon (Johnny Pemberton). Oh and by the way, Zorn is animated while everyone else is live action. Rounding out the main cast is Edie's new fiance, psychologist Craig (Tim Meadows) and Zorn's new boss in Orange County, Linda (Artemis Pebdani).
Jason Sudeikis brings a lot of humor and personality to the voice-over role and Zorn really developed an identity quickly. The rest of the cast can't quite live up to their animated co-star. Cheryl Hines was so over the top and entertaining in the otherwise troubled Suburgatory but she's extremely understated here and it seems like a waste of her talents. I found Tim Meadows to be nothing more than an annoying one-joke caricature so far so I hope they find better ways to include him. Johnny Pemberton showed some promise as did Artemis Pebdani though it's hard for me to watch Pebdani without thinking of Susan Ross, her Scandal character.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes, I think I might. I don't actually see myself becoming a regular viewer of this show but I found it interesting enough to see what kind of show it settles into.