Fox has ordered “Son of Zorn,” a hybrid live-action/animated comedy starring Jason Sudeikis, Variety has learned. The series, from executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Last Man on Earth”), is set to debut during the 2016-2017 season.
Upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, Zorn (voiced by Sudeikis), a fully animated, legendary warrior, discovers that reconnecting with his live-action son, Alan (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”), and his ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging war in his distant homeland of Zephyria. Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”) also stars.
“This is utterly unique – there has literally never been a show like this. And, of course, it is very, very funny,” said David Madden, entertainment president of Fox. “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, Johnny and Tim have incredible chemistry with him that crosses formats, genres and galaxies.”
“Son of Zorn” hails from 20th Century Fox TV. Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne (“Wilfred”) wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunners. Seth Cohen (“The Last Man on Earth”) will also executive-produce, while Eric Appel (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) directed the pilot and serves as executive producer as well.
Lord and Miller are keeping busy this development season: They’re at work on an TV adaptation of the popular podcast “Serial,” along with a remake of “Greatest American Hero,” among others.
Reed Agnew is repped by ICM Partners and Hansen Jacobson.