Son Of Zorn Puts CG Lead Character Into A Live Action TV Series


Jason Sudeikis

A few years back the big trend in genre TV drama was shows based on fairy tales. Then superhero shows were all the rage. And now it looks like live action shows featuring CG characters could be next big thing on US telly.

We’ve already told you about Imaginary Gary (or Imaginary Friend as it was back when we first reported on it in early October), a comedy for ABC that will blend a CGI character into live action about a man who’s childhood imaginary friend makes a reappearance to give him advice about a new relationship.

Now Fox has announced that is is producing a series called Son Of Zorn. It’s a sci-fi comedy about the relationship between a father and son… in which it just so happens the father is a CG animated fantasy warrior from Zephyria who’s been away from Earth for 10 years. There will, no doubt, be bonding.

Zorn will be voiced by Saturday Night Live comedian Jason Sudeikis (right), while his son, Alan, will be played by Johnny Pemberton and his ex-wife, Edie, will be played by Cheryl Hines.

Son Of Zorn hails from Last Man On Earth executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller and Wilfred showrunners Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne.

“This is utterly unique – there has literally never been a show like this. And, of course, it is very, very funny,” says Fox Entertainment president David Madden. “The fantastically talented duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are yet again delivering precedent-setting television. Jason Sudeikis makes his animated character sound and feel live-action, and Cheryl and Johnny have incredible chemistry with him that crosses formats, genres and galaxies.” Hmm, that has the whiff of “written by marketing” about it…

As Deadline reports, NBC also has Donuthead in development  – a single-camera comedy, written by Irene Mecchi (Brave, The Lion King) and Bridget Terry which is said to feature animated elements to illustrate the imagination of the lead character.




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