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Fall TV: ‘Son of Zorn’ is more silly than funny

Zorn, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, with Johnny Pemberton as his son, Alangulon, in ‘Son of Zorn.’ Don’t get too attached to that cartoon bird.
Zorn, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, with Johnny Pemberton as his son, Alangulon, in ‘Son of Zorn.’ Don’t get too attached to that cartoon bird.

New show: “Son of Zorn”

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, Fox

Cast: Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani, voice of Jason Sudeikis

Premise: Zorn, an animated He-Man clone, steps out of his ultra-violent cartoon world to help raise his human son with his former (and also human) wife in the real world.

Verdict: Decidedly different, but also very dumb. There are a couple of laughs as Zorn (the voice of Sudeikis) tries to fit in with an environment that’s nothing like he’s used to. I like that the muscle-bound dude has trouble opening mustard packets just like the rest of us. And his reaction to having a vegetarian son is amusing. Still, hardly anyone bats an eye at the loincloth-wearing cartoon swinging an animated sword around in restaurants and the grocery store? Or when a giant cartoon bird is stabbed with that same sword on a suburban street? (OK, I’ll admit I laughed when Meadows had to hose away cartoon bird blood from the driveway.) Hines, as the long-suffering ex, and Meadows, as her new fiance who teaches psychology at an online college, try their best. But you can’t help wishing they – and Sudeikis – had a funnier script to work with.

Staff writer Thad Ogburn

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