Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Phil Lord & Chris Miller have effectively worked their magic on the big screen with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street (and its equally as good sequel) and The LEGO Movie. But on the small screen, they’ve also delivered great comedy with Clone High and Last Man on Earth. Now they’re bringing even more laughs to TV with two new series.
Son of Zorn and Making History couldn’t be more different, but both have Lord & Miller’s trademark comedy and promise of something great. Watch the Making History and Son of Zorn trailer after the jump.
A time travel comedy in the hands of Lord & Miller? Yes, please! Add Happy Endings star Adam Pally to the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a spectacular comedy. Of course, the big question is just how will time travel be treated on the show. Since the series focuses on Dan Chambers (Pally) trying to repair changes he may have made in the 1700s that could alter the outcome of the American Revolution, why aren’t we seeing the ramifications in present day? Lord & Miller are the kind of executive producers who would think of stuff like that, so I’m sure there’s some kind of explanation.
If the show lasts longer than one season, I’m hoping any future seasons will go to different time periods. Though there’s a chance that might happen in the first season anyway. We’ll just have to tune in to find out.
Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street”), and written by Julius “Goldy” Sharpe (“The Grinder,” FAMILY GUY), the new comedy MAKING HISTORY follows three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives.
Two shows in one, it’s both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world. DAN CHAMBERS (Adam Pally, “The Mindy Project,” “Happy Endings”), a computer science professor at a small Massachusetts college, recently discovered time travel and has been transporting himself back to the 1700s to spend time with the colonial woman he’s fallen for. In the present, Dan is an unpopular nerd. But by claiming song lyrics, lines from movies and stand-up bits as his own in the 18th century, he’s absolutely hilarious – he gets the girl and makes friends. But Dan’s actions in the past are messing up the present. That woman he’s dating is not just any woman. She’s Paul Revere’s daughter, DEBORAH (Leighton Meester, “Gossip Girl”), and Dan’s meddling in the past causes her father to delay his famous ride, which may have altered the outcome of the entire American Revolution. To set matters right, Dan enlists the help of his colleague, CHRIS PARISH (Yassir Lester, “Girls,” “Key and Peele”), a brilliant, polished and popular history professor, who’s now given the incredible opportunity to actually live the history he teaches. Can Dan, Chris and Deborah save America as we know it? Can a woman from 1775 adapt to life in 2016? Can the three intrepid time travelers improve the past, help the helpless, fight for justice and get rich?
Making History premieres on Sundays, but not until the midseason begins in 2017.
Son of Zorn
Take He-Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and your average sitcom, throw them into a mixer, and you’ve got the promising new series Son of Zorn. Blending animation and the real world, the series follows the fantasy hero Zorn (voice of Jason Sudeikis), the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, as he attempts to live a normal life in suburbia. Zorn is struggling to connect with his son, hates his ex-wife’s new boyfriend and has a falcon for his steed.
Not only is the concept hilarious itself, but I love seeing how the animated elements of the show interact with the real world components. The short-lived Fox series Sit Down, Shut Up used real world backgrounds with animated characters and objects, but a network comedy in this style where there’s a chief animated character among real life actors hasn’t been done before.
Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers”), SON OF ZORN is a new hybrid live-action/animated comedy about an animated 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. ZORN (Sudeikis), the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon, decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, has fought in countless epic battles throughout his life, but may find the greatest challenge of all when travels back to suburbia to reconnect with his family.
Once there, Zorn finds himself estranged from his son, ALANGULON or just “Alan” (Johnny Pemberton, “21 Jump Street”), a 17-year-old with a mellow, P.C. attitude; and Alan’s mother, Zorn’s ex-wife, EDIE (Cheryl Hines, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), a former wild child now living the life of an upper middle class mom. Zorn’s efforts to win them back are complicated by the fact that Edie is now engaged to CRAIG (Tim Meadows, “Saturday Night Live”), an online psychology professor and a stable presence in their lives. Nevertheless, to be a good dad, Zorn commits to remaining in Orange County for the long haul, renting an apartment and even working in the exciting field of industrial soap sales under his boss, LINDA (Artemis Pebdani, “Scandal,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who likes his passion, but just wants him to rein it in at the office. As he adjusts to life in the suburbs, Zorn is the classic fish out of water, navigating his way through fatherhood, divorce and a boring office job. Sure, as an overlord of pain, he defeated glombeasts, wolf-bats and bloodthirsty arachnobots, but now he’ll go toe-to-toe with a new set of enemies: meter maids, dress codes and the DMV.
Son of Zorn premieres on Sundays this fall.
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