New FOX series ‘Son of Zorn’ mixes animated, live-action characters

To some people, diversity on TV means mixing real people and animated characters, and that’s the kind of diversity you’ll see on FOX’s new Sunday night comedy, “Son of Zorn.”

Jason Sudeikis (as Zorn): “I’m on my way to Orange County to see my wife and son.”

There’s a new character in town, and it seems he’s here to stay.

Jason Sudeikis (as Zorn): “I’m Zorn! Defender of Zephyria, conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of … I know you’re fake sleeping.”

“Son of Zorn” is a new show about an animated warrior from a faraway island, who comes to Orange County, Calif. to win back his ex-wife, played by Cheryl Hines, and his son, aka Johnny Pemberton.

Cheryl Hines: “It’s a really funny show, and when you first watch it, you think, ‘I don’t know what I’m looking at,’ because you’re just not used to seeing an animated character in the real world.”

That’s right. The show is a mixture of live action and animation. So actors had to imagine they’re talking to a real guy.

Johnny Pemberton: “Well, there’s nothing there, so if you see something that’s animated in the show, on the day, there’s nothing there. Nothing at all, so we just have to pretend like it’s there.”

In the end, it’s all in good fun, and you sorta forget Zorn isn’t a real person.

Cheryl Hines: “Twenty seconds into it, you’re not even thinking about it, because Zorn is so funny and the show is pretty hilarious.”

Jason Sudeikis (as Zorn): “My boss looks and talks exactly like a woman. He carries a purse, he uses tampons.”

Boss: “Zorn, can I see you for a second?”

Johnny Pemberton (as Alan): “What you’re describing is a woman.”

Jason Sudeikis (as Zorn): “No, son. You’re not listening. He’s my superior.”

Jason Sudeikis (as Zorn, to boss): “Hey, you’re a good guy.”

The “Son of Zorn” series premiere this Sunday at 8:30, right here on 7.

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