The new season of the NFL kicked off last night on NBC, which means a plethora of new dramas and comedies are about to launch on the Big 4. Early out of the gate will be Son Of Zorn, which previews September 11 after the NFL doubleheader on Fox, and The Good Place, which previews with two episodes September 19 on NBC with a primo launch pad right after the Season 11 premiere of The Voice.
Unfortunately, as I say in my video review above, the Mike Shur-created The Good Place starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell takes you to that special place where Bell’s selfish Eleanor is mistakenly given a stellar afterlife. It never really goes anywhere else, however, despite a few laughs provided by Danson’s witless architect of the place.
On the other hand, the animation/live-action hybrid Son Of Zorn is all about playing against type and expectations — and surpassing the latter. So, while the series executive produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and created by Reed Agnew and Eli Jorné Zorn has a seemingly thin premise — the Jason Sudeikis-voiced beefcake cartoon warrior exiles himself to suburbia to reconnect with his estranged teen son, played by Johnny Pemberton — Zorn is a deceptively acquired but attractive taste. Simply put, despite changes behind the camera over the past few months, the Fox show, which lands in its regular slot September 25, has the most traction by sheer innovation. It also has a great Cheryl Hines as Zorn’s now-suburbanized ex-wife and mother of his son.
Meanwhile, with plot turns featuring frozen-yogurt store etiquette, soul mates, sinkholes, religious reliability, stoned Canadian insights and Banksy jokes, the 13-episode straight-to-series (and all mid-brow concept) The Good Place never gets past feeling like an SNL skit waiting to start. It moves to its regular Thursday slot September 22.
So, click on my review to see more about my takes on Son Of Zorn and The Good Place. Which one will you find laughs in?