AN­I­MATED HERO DOES THE JOB, FOR REAL

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Ch­eryl Hines has a con­fes­sion to make. She has the hots for her male co-star on new TV se­ries Son of Zorn.

The trou­ble is that mus­cle­bound, sword-wield­ing war­rior Zorn, from the is­land of Ze­phyria, is a car­toon.

Son of Zorn would have to take the prize for the weird­est new TV se­ries of 2016. The Amer­i­can fam­ily sit­com is a mix of live ac­tion and an­i­ma­tion cen­tred on a car­toon char­ac­ter.

Af­ter 10 years on Ze­phyria, Zorn, voiced by Ja­son Sudeikis ( Hor­ri­ble Bosses), re­turns to Or­ange County, Cal­i­for­nia, to win back his ex-wife, Edie (Ch­eryl Hines).

Edie has moved on and is in a re­la­tion­ship with Craig (Tim Mead­ows). Zorn is forced to adapt to the mod­ern world and takes a lowly desk job at soap com­pany San­i­ta­tion So­lu­tions.

The out­line doesn’t sound promis­ing un­til you know that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the mak­ers of The Lego Movie and the 21 Jump Street re­boot, are among the show’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

Hines, best known for Curb Your En­thu­si­asm and Subur­ga­tory, is cer­tainly a be­liever.

“I find my­self oddly at­tracted to Zorn,” Hines says. “He’s kind of hot.”

Film­ing Son of Zorn is a huge chal­lenge for the ac­tors who have to trade lines and re­act to a char­ac­ter that will be added in later.

“It is very im­por­tant tonally when you have this hy­per-real char­ac­ter (that) he’s a per­son,” co-cre­ator Reed Agnew says.

“When he’s sad, you (the au­di­ence) feel sad for him. He’s got flaws.

“We liked Ja­son Sudeikis so much (for Zorn) be­cause he was just like a guy talk­ing. He’s re­lat­able. We can see our­selves in Zorn hope­fully. The things we deal with are hu­man in­ter­ac­tions, grow­ing as a per­son, be­com­ing a bet­ter fa­ther, for­giv­ing your en­e­mies, stuff like that.

“We (on Son of Zorn) do it in a silly, stupid way.”

SON OF ZORN, ELEVEN, WED­NES­DAY, 9PM

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