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‘Son of Zorn’ Producers Have Made Their Non-Traditional Animated/Live-Action Comedy As Traditional As Possible

Fall TV Preview: "Son of Zorn" and Harry Connick, Jr., kick off IndieWire's new weekly TV tune-in podcast "Turn It On," featuring interviews, reviews, previews and more!

Son of Zorn

“Son of Zorn”

Fox


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Fox’s “Son of Zorn” may be the most original idea of any TV show this fall.

The animated “Zorn,” voiced by Jason Sudeikis, is the self-described “Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith. Now he’s moving to Orange County, where he hopes to reconnect with his estranged 17-year-old son Alan (Johnny Pemberton) and his ex-wife Edie (Cheryl Hines). Throwing a wrench in that plan: Edie’s new fiance, the sensitive psychology professor Craig (Tim Meadows). Realizing his son hasn’t grown up the way he’d like, Zorn rents an apartment, gets a job and decides to stick around in suburbia.

Son of Zorn

Eric Appel and Sally Bradford McKenna, “Son of Zorn”

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For our new podcast “Turn It On,” IndieWire talked to “Son of Zorn” showrunner Sally Bradford McKenna and director Eric Appel about the challenges of producing the animated/live-action comedy hybrid, and how the show isn’t as different as you’d think.


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IndieWire’s “Turn It On with Michael Schneider” is a weekly dive into what’s new and what’s now in TV – no matter what you’re watching or where you’re watching it. Each episode features interviews with producers, reviews, essays on the latest buzz and trends, plus a roundup of what’s premiering and what’s returning over the coming week. With an enormous amount of choices overwhelming even the most sophisticated viewer, “Turn It On” is a must-listen for TV fans looking to make sense of what to watch and where to watch it.

Listen below – and be sure to subscribe to “Turn It On” on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or anywhere you download podcasts. New episodes post every Thursday.

“Son of Zorn” premieres at a special time this Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., after NFL football on Fox. It then moves to its regular Sunday 8:30 slot, behind The Simpsons, on Sept. 25.

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr., “Harry”

NBC Universal

Meanwhile, here’s last week’s pilot episode of “Turn It On,” featuring an interview with Harry Connick, Jr., about his new syndicated talk show “Harry.”

After several years as a judge on the now-defunct “American Idol,” Connick is back on TV with his own daytime talk show. He promises it won’t be like anything else, and has even hired former “Late Show with David Letterman” head writers Justin and Eric Stangel to executive produce. Daytime talk isn’t easy — just ask Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, just to name two recent examples. We spoke to Connick recently at the TV Critics Association, and he was undeterred:

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