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‘Son of Zorn,’ ‘Making History,’ ‘Apb’ Canceled by Fox

‘Son of Zorn,’ ‘Making History,’ ‘Apb’ Canceled by Fox
Fox has canceled freshman comedies “Son of Zorn” and “Making History,” as well as freshman drama “Apb.”

Son of Zorn” was a live-action/CGI hybrid, centered on Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean who returns to Orange County, Calif., to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son. But Zorn learns that living in the suburbs is not as easy as slaying mighty beasts or winning epic battles as he struggles to adjust to his new life.

In addition to Sudeikis, the series also starred Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Johnny Pemberton, and Artemis Pebdani. Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne co-created the series in addition to executive producing. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Seth Cohen, Sally Bradford McKenna, and Eric Appel also executive produced. Lord and Miller are also executive producers on the Fox shows “Making History” and “The Last Man on Earth.”

The
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‘Son of Zorn’ Review: Jason Sudeikis Brings Animated ’80s Masculinity to the Modern World

‘Son of Zorn’ Review: Jason Sudeikis Brings Animated ’80s Masculinity to the Modern World
Perhaps the most striking element of “Son of Zorn” – Fox’s live-action family sitcom with an animated disruptor tossed in – isn’t the giant, He-Man-esque “Defender of Zephyria” with the body of a Greek god and the voice of Jason Sudeikis. It’s Tim Meadows.

Now, stick with me here: Tim Meadows plays Craig, the online psychology professor engaged to Edie (Cheryl Hines!) and the man set to become the de facto father of Alan (full name: Alangulon). Much to the fury and mockery of Zorn, Alangulon’s birthfather, Craig is a weak, self-effacing authority figure, even when compared to people less stereotypically masculine than Zorn himself. I mean, Zorn has to be animated in order to fully capture his Schwarzenegger-ian male prowess.

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

But what makes Craig so impactful isn’t how he
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New York Comic-Con 2016 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Are Heading to Nycc

New York Comic-Con 2016 TV Schedule: Find Out Which Shows Are Heading to Nycc
Comic-Con is hitting New York City once again this year for the annual Nycc, and television is taking over. Tons of fan-favorite shows — including the new “24,” “Archer,” the hotly anticipated “Legion” and many more — are heading to the four-day fest, which takes place in the Big Apple from October 6 through October 9. Variety is keeping track of all the TV screenings and panels in one handy master list, so bookmark this page to stay up-to-date as the networks and studios set their schedules for the event. We will be updating frequently.

Thursday, Oct. 6

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” (Starz) — 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Hammerstein Ballroom

Stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lee Majors and Ted Raimi discuss the hit series and preview what’s to come this season. Attendees will also see the premiere of episode 2.

Comic Book Men” (AMC) — 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m
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‘Son of Zorn’ Producers Have Made Their Non-Traditional Animated/Live-Action Comedy As Traditional As Possible

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

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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Fox Comedy ‘Son of Zorn’ to Get Preview After NFL Doubleheader

Fox Comedy ‘Son of Zorn’ to Get Preview After NFL Doubleheader
Fox is giving new high-concept comedy “Son of Zorn” a heroic launchpad this fall, scheduling a premiere preview on a new date, Sunday, September 11 at 8 p.m. following the season’s first NFL doubleheader on the network. The show will then bow in its regular timeslot on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m.

The series is a hybrid of live-action and animation about a warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean – where everything and everyone is animated – who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son.

The series hails from 20th Century Fox Television. Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné co-created and co-wrote the pilot and executive produce alongside Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Seth Cohen. Sally Bradford McKenna executive produces and serves as showrunner, while Eric Appel executive produces and directs.

In the series’ special preview episode, “Return to Orange County,” Zorn (Jason Sudeikis) travels from his native land
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Comic-Con 2016: Game of Thrones, Orphan Black Added to Panel Lineup

Comic-Con 2016: Game of Thrones, Orphan Black Added to Panel Lineup
It’s almost that time of year when hordes of TV fans storm San Diego to get a sneak peek at their favorite returning shows and a glimpse of the upcoming season’s best new offerings at Comic-Con. Below, we’ve compiled the dates, times and locations of all the major TV-related events.

PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows

We’ll be updating this page as more panels are announced, so make sure to bookmark it and check back often!

Wednesday, July 20

6 pm Warner Bros. Television’s annual “Preview Night” will unspool the pilot episodes for NBC’s Powerless,
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‘Prison Break’ and ’24: Legacy’ Heading to Comic-Con 2016

‘Prison Break’ and ’24: Legacy’ Heading to Comic-Con 2016
Prison Break” and “24: Legacy” will make their revamped Comic-Con debuts this summer.

The two hotly-anticipated series are part of 20th Century Fox Television’s lineup at the annual summer mega-fest. The studio announced their entire Comic-Con programming slate on Monday, which includes events for 13 shows.

Son of Zorn,” Jason Sudeikis’ animated-hybrid comedy, will make its Con debut. The full cast and crew of “Bones” will gather one final time at the convention, before the series signs off. 20th is also sending the teams behind animated favorites “American Dad,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” plus “Scream Queens,” “Last Man on Earth” and “Salem.” As for new projects premiering in 2016-2017, the studio is sending “The Exorcist” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to Comic-Con.

Aside from panels and screenings for the 13 shows above, the studio will host its stars and producers on their two-story Fox booth on the convention room floor for autograph signings
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T.J. Miller on ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 3, Erlich’s Dark Journey and ‘Bachmanity Insanity’

T.J. Miller on ‘Silicon Valley’ Season 3, Erlich’s Dark Journey and ‘Bachmanity Insanity’
There’s no character on TV quite like Erlich Bachman. Pompous, vulgar, pedantic, and yet strangely endearing — T.J. Miller’s unique creation has been a highlight of HBO’s razor-sharp tech industry satire “Silicon Valley” since the first season. But in the current third season, Erlich is being cut down to size, and it’s not pretty. In “Bachmanity Insanity,” he throws a blowout bash to celebrate the launch of his new company, inviting all of his enemies to lord his success over them. And then he discovers he’s broke. A natural-born improviser, Miller talks — and riffs — us through his work.

Silicon Valley” (HBO)

Season 3, episode 6, “Bachmanity Insanity”

Written by Carson Mell, directed by Eric Appel

T.J. Miller: “I think Thomas Middleditch is fine with me comparing our work styles to one another — we have a strange approach where we don’t read the scripts until the table read. The first time I read the script is out loud at the cold read. There’s a very specific reason I do that, I’m guaranteed to laugh harder. That’s better for us with the executives, and the writers can get a good sense of what’s working. Usually, Thomas and I will not read the script again maybe until the day of [shooting].

“With this particular one, I remember thinking, ‘This is going to be a disaster for Erlich.’ It gets really sad for Erlich this season, we’re beginning to see that if [the Pied Piper guys] don’t need him around, nobody really wants to be around him. All the things that make us love him are also the same things that make everyone who watches the show not really want to know him.

“Sometimes after [standup] shows people will be like, ‘Dude, I want to hang out with you, I hope you’re exactly like Erlich.’ I’m like, ‘I hope not.’ It’s this weird thing of people saying, ‘I want to hang out with you because I want to hang out with Erlich,’ but when they find out the ways I’m like Erlich it’s like, ‘Yikes, I don’t know if I want to be chilling with you all the time.’ That’s what we’re seeing happen with the character. He’s a hyperbolic version of certain aspects of my personality.

“I’ve added a regalness to [Erlich], which is from my experience with tech people and pseudo-intellectuals. It’s kind of like Groucho Marx when he’s in the world of the socialites.” T.J. Miller

“I’ve added a regalness to him, which is from my experience with tech people and pseudo-intellectuals. It’s kind of like Groucho Marx when he’s in the world of the socialites. There’s a lot of that in Erlich.

“Because I have some training in dramatic acting, even though my focus has always been and will always be comedy, I made [the final moment, when Erlich realizes he’s broke] a little too maudlin the first few takes. I asked the director, ‘Can I just do one more that’s really quick?’ I wanted it to dawn on [Erlich] all in one fell swoop how fucked he is. All the people in this room, many of whom hate him, are going to laugh for the rest of their lives at this idiot.

“I got on stage and opened my mouth to say something and for the first time you see Erlich speechless. All he does is close his mouth. That is such a weird, sad moment for the character. I’d get in my car after shooting and I would be depressed on the way home. I didn’t know where the season was going.

“We did the math and we found out [the amount of improv] exactly falls to 39 to 59% — we had an analyst look at it. The joke I’m doing right now is scripted.”

“On ‘Silicon Valley’ the scripts are really solid, but each of us improvises — Martin [Starr], Kumail [Nanjiani], everybody — they’re so talented, it’s ‘an embarrassment of riches’ as [co-showrunner] Alec Berg said one time. It’s true. Because they let us riff, each of the characters have become very much our own creation. No one can come up with riffs about Jared the way Zach Woods can, because he is strangely in his head. He loves the darkness of his backstory and all that stuff.

“Propers to all the writers for putting us in situations where we can do what some of us do best, which is riffing.
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Silicon Valley, Ep. 3.06: Erlich Spares No Expense in “Bachmanity Insanity”

“Bachmanity Insanity”

Written by Carson Mell

Directed by Eric Appel

Airs Sundays at 10pm on HBO

Silicon Valley is a reliably hilarious show and an astute critique of the excesses of corporate America and the tech industry. It’s also a sausage fest (much like the real Silicon Valley). The gender dynamics of the show have mostly been a forgivable offense during the show’s run. The toxic masculinity many of the characters is quite obviously parodying the male-dominated industry, and the few female characters tended to be smart, accomplished women in leadership roles. But at a certain point the lack of any real women on the show starts to seem less like a critique and more like an endorsement of that dynamic. The show has made its point about a lack of women in the tech industry many times; it’s time to move on. Silicon Valley will never
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Silicon Valley, Ep. 3.05: Richard Struggles to Fill “The Empty Chair”

Silicon Valley, Season 3, Episode 5: “The Empty Chair”

Written by Megan Amram

Directed by Eric Appel

Airs Sunday at 10pm on HBO

As funny as Silicon Valley can be, it’s rarely a good times show; Richard Hendricks requires a minimum level of crisis in order to reach peak nervous mania, and the show’s writing is at its most inspired when the stakes are highest. Season three of Silicon Valley has consisted of crisis after crisis, allow the show to focus on its strengths. The Empty Chair is a rare reprieve, a lull in the succession of catastrophes.

It’s been 10 days since Laurie fired Pied Piper’s contentious CEO. She’s been meeting with candidates, both qualified and unqualified (Big Head even got an invitation), but no one has gotten the job yet. While Laurie is looking for a new leader, Pied Piper is running out of money.
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‘Son of Zorn’ Co-Creator Exits Fox Comedy Over Creative Differences

‘Son of Zorn’ Co-Creator Exits Fox Comedy Over Creative Differences
Eli Jorne has exited Fox’s upcoming comedy “Son of Zorn,” Variety has confirmed.

The live-action and animated hybrid series landed a straight-to-series order for the 2016-17 season, after being developed off-cycle. Jason Sudeikis will voice the lead character.

Jorne’s departure will not have an impact on “Son of Zorn” production and the show is still on track for the upcoming TV season with insiders telling Variety the project is a hot favorite among Fox execs.

Jorne is exiting over creative differences. He created “Son of Zorn” with his former “Wilfred” co-showrunner Reed Agnew. The duo was originally set as co-showrunners on the series, before Sally McKenna came in when Agnew stepped down as co-showrunner, remaining as an exec producer on the show. For now, McKenna will take on sole showrunner duties and exec produce alongside Agnew, Chris Miller and Phil Lord (“Last Man on Earth”), Seth Cohen and Eric Appel.
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Fox Orders New Comedy ‘Son of Zorn’ Voiced By Jason Sudeikis

Fox Orders New Comedy ‘Son of Zorn’ Voiced By Jason Sudeikis
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
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Phil Lord, Chris Miller Are Working on a Hybrid Comedy for Fox

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Phil Lord, Chris Miller Are Working on a Hybrid Comedy for Fox
Professional multitaskers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are tinkering on another intriguing project for you: It's a part-animated, part-live-action comedy called Son of Zahn. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the in-development series will tell the story of an animated barbarian dad who comes home to his very live-action son and ex-wife for the first time in about a decade. (Admittedly hooked already.) Since papa protagonist is supposed to be coming from an animated, war-torn world, THR notes that Zahn will probably have a helluva time adjusting to normal, boring, live-action life in suburban somewhere. Most other story and personnel details — aside from the fact Johnny Pemberton (21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street) will play the live-action son and Eric Appel will direct — are under wraps. An eight-to-ten-minute pilot presentation is in the works for Fox, however, and will begin production later this summer.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine, “Halloween II” and “The Mole” are both brazenly funny

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 2, Episode 4, “Halloween 2

Written by Prentice Penny

Directed by Eric Appel

Airs Sundays at 8:30pm Et on Fox

Halloween II” has the tough job of having to live up to the standards of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s first season classic, “Halloween,” which featured an audacious bet, where Jake bargained a week of overtime to get the captain to do a pile of paperwork for him (and he won). This time around, Peralta ups the stakes and offers to do five weeks of unpaid overtime if he can’t steal Holt’s watch by midnight. But If he fails, Jake has to work a whopping five weeks of overtime with no pay. After a quick analysis, Captain Holt shakes on it. Sequels are rarely better than its predecessor and rarely does a sequel meet the expectations of devoted fans. “Halloween II” isn’t as strong as the original,
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Wednesday Comedy Roundup: Back in the Game 1.02, Modern Family 5.03, Super Fun Night 1.01, Always Sunny 9.05, The League 5.05

Back in the Game, Season 1, Episode 2, “Stay In or Bail Out”

Directed by Eric Appel

Written by Warren Lieberstein

Airs Wednesdays at 8:30pm Est on ABC

Following its awkward pilot last week, Back in the Game continues to struggle with establishing the format of the show. Although “Stay In or Bail Out” successfully moves the characters forward, it fails to show the audience how the show will operate each week. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means the audience can’t fully decide whether the show is worth investing time in yet.

Back in the Game has a very interesting premise, and with two polar opposites working together, the show should provide some laughs, but at the moment this is something it’s failing to do. Although the show appears to be about kids playing baseball, Back in the Game actually focuses on a strong female
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Happy Endings, Ep. 3.03, “Boyz II Menorah”: Now boarding for Love Airlines

Happy Endings, Season 3, Episode 3: “Boys II Menorah”

Written by Dan Rubin and Lon Zimmet

Directed by Eric Appel

Airs Tuesdays at 9pm Et on ABC

Max probably takes on one of his funniest and probably most fun job that we’ve seen in the past two seasons. An emcee for bar mitzvahs. The episode with the group watching Max’s entertaining show, after a few laughs from him and Penny; Alex quickly comes in a steals the scene away with her absurd eating habits. Declaring to everyone that she is “keeping it kosh” from now on. Elisha Cuthbert has always been able to pull off the crazy eating Alex persona and she does it flawlessly here. Props need to be given to the writers in the fact that they’ve now kept this gag going for three seasons, starting in season one when Alex downed several ribs while she was drunk.
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Mark Lashley: Genre Riffing on Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital and Ntsf:sd:suv::

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Mark Lashley: Genre Riffing on Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital and Ntsf:sd:suv::
I've been a fan of Adult Swim since Cartoon Network launched the platform in 2001 (believe it or not, it really is that old), and have witnessed the programming block go through lots of changes -- first adding high-profile off-network acquisitions like Futurama and Family Guy, and making a notable transition away from animated programming. With the second change, Adult Swim has become one of the most significant television venues for American comedy, all the while establishing itself as a meta-spoof on the formal constraints of TV networks, right down to its most recent live-action series, each of which employ genre parody in some very novel ways.

As Adult Swim has matured, it has positioned itself as a broken mirror version of a television network, with skewed detective dramas (Eagleheart), reality fare taken to its most absurd extreme (Delocated), and even a bizarre riff on late night talk (The Eric Andre Show
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“Death Valley”: new director comments, exclusive clip

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“Death Valley”: new director comments, exclusive clip
Last week, we brought you some words from Eric Appel, who helmed the initial episodes of MTV’s horror/comedy/mockumentary series Death Valley. Today we have words with Drew Daywalt, creator of a number of attention-getting fright shorts who helmed some subsequent installments, including the one that premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m. We’ve also got an exclusive clip from that show after his comments...

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“Death Valley”: new director comments, exclusive clip

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“Death Valley”: new director comments, exclusive clip
Last week, we brought you some words from Eric Appel, who helmed the initial episodes of MTV’s horror/comedy/mockumentary series Death Valley. Today we have words with Drew Daywalt, creator of a number of attention-getting fright shorts who helmed some subsequent installments, including the one that premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m. We’ve also got an exclusive clip from that show after his comments...

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Exclusive clip, comments: “Death Valley”

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Exclusive clip, comments: “Death Valley”
Heading into its third airing tonight at 10:30 on MTV (see an exclusive clip from that episode below), Death Valley combines horror and humor as it follows (via documentary cameras) a special police task force who battle the vampires, werewolves and other supernatural critters stalking the streets of La. Eric Appel, who split directorial duties on the series with Drew Daywalt, chatted with Fango about this genre-bending show; read on for his comments…

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