Jason Sudeikis couldn’t make it to Monday’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, but his animated “Zorn” character did.
In a hilarious (obviously) pre-recorded video message a few minutes into the freshman Fox show’s panel at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the “Son of Zorn” warrior popped up from a coffee house via Facetime. After figuring out his smartphone’s complicated camera, Zorn attacked some one-and-done ABC dramas. He used jokes, though, not his giant sword.
“Got ourselves a roomful of television critics,” Zorn began his address to the media members in attendance. “Sure, I defend Zepheria, but you guys and gals defend the American public from accidentally tuning in to a dumpster fire like “Blood & Oil” or “Wicked City. Who are the real heroes?”
At the tail-end of the panel — which also included live humans — “Zorn” executive producer Sally Bradford McKenna explained how writers chose the defunct ABC series for their punchline.
“Low-hanging fruit,” she summed up.