Archer renewed

If you think about it for even two seconds, it’s incredible that Sterling Archer and his colleagues have survived as long as they have. Never mind the fact that their line of work (espionage, usually, but sometimes private investigation or the illegal drug trade) puts them in danger on a regular basis — these people are often impulsive and foolish and downright incompetent.

But they always live to fight another day, and now we know for sure they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. FX has just renewed Archer for another three seasons, taking the animated spy spoof all the way through season ten.

FX announced today that Archer will return for an eight-episode eighth season in 2017. Seasons nine and ten will also consist of eight episodes each, likely airing in 2018 and 2019. Those are shorter episode orders than seasons past. Seasons one and seven counted 10 episodes each, and all other seasons so far have had 13. There’s no word yet on whether season 10 will be the show’s last.

And now to the official statement for the usual publicity fluff, this time from FX’s co-president of original programming, Nick Grad:

We can’t say enough about what Adam [Reed], Matt [Thompson] and the entire Archer team at Floyd County have done to keep this series so insanely funny and vital through seven seasons. The move to Los Angeles this past season as private detectives was just the latest twist in Archer’s legendary exploits, and the next three seasons will to be just as amazing and unpredictable. We are thrilled to continue making great TV with our friends and colleagues at Floyd County.

Archer‘s seventh season ended with a major cliffhanger made all the more alarming by the fact that FX was taking its time announcing an Archer renewal. But those fans can rest easy now. Today’s news would seem to resolve that cliffhanger, but knowing Archer we’re guessing the explanation will involve more than a few bizarre twists and turns.

While the show no longer feels as fresh as it once did, the creative team has made efforts to keep things lively, occasionally spending a season away from the spy biz to go solve crimes in Hollywood or form a drug cartel in South America. Here’s to three more years of Archer nonsense.



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The characters of Archer have only changed so much over the years. If they ever truly evolved as people, after all, they’d no longer be the unrepentant assholes we’ve come to love. But the show itself has morphed a couple of times, first into a crime show in season 5 and then into a P.I. series in season 7. Might Archer make an even bigger leap someday? Like into the world of live-action films, perhaps?

Executive producer Matt Thompson isn’t ruling out a possible Archer movie, revealing that he and series creator Adam Reed “have definitely talked about it.” And while they’ve yet to make up their mind about whether this (purely theoretical, at this point) movie would be animated or live-action, they know exactly who they’d want playing Sterling Archer if they go the latter route: Mad Men star Jon HammRead More »

Archer Magnum PI

This is not the first time Archer has drastically changed the format for a whole season. Season five was Archer Vice, a pastel, florescent spoof of Miami Vice. The series was back to the spying game for season six, but season seven will find the Archer team working as private detectives instead.

No matter what they do, we can be sure the Archer gang will make outrageous, inappropriate claims and shout over each other in exasperated cacophonous chaos. We got to speak with Archer creator Adam Reed as he was putting the finishing touches on season seven. Archer returns Thursday, March 31 at 10PM on FX.  Read More »

Archer Magnum PI

The beauty of Archer is that you never quite know where it’s going to end up. Sterling Archer and his feckless colleagues have a way of derailing any mission they’re on, whether they’re traveling all over the globe, shooting off into outer space, plumbing the depths of the ocean, or even journeying through the inside of a man’s body.

But the first Archer season 7 teaser should be easy enough to predict — because it’s a shot-for-shot remake of the opening credits of Magnum P.I. It is a pop culture artifact of perfect beauty, and you definitely want to check it out after the jump.

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FX 2015 TV shows

The Television Critics Association panels have been going on for the past week or so, and we’ve had plenty of great updates from Fred Topel’s interviews and coverage that you can check out right here.

Today, straight from the TCA, comes some announcements from FX, which includes a renewal for a third season of The Strain, orders for two new comedy series featuring some familiar FX talent, a new home for Archer, and fall premiere dates for American Horror Story: Hotel, the second season of Fargo and more.

Get details on the new and returning FX 2015 TV shows after the jump! Read More »

Archer season 6 teaser

The agents of ISIS return to FX in January, though they won’t be working for an outfit called ISIS any longer. Archer has had a bit of a story change in reaction to real-world events, and the name of Mallory Archer’s spy outfit ISIS has been ditched. The end of Season 5 will clue you in to how the change will be incorporated, but we won’t reveal that here, for those who aren’t caught up. Then again, the first Archer Season 6 teaser will show some other things that result from the end of Season 5, so maybe you’ll just have to accept the spoilers. Read More »

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Sherlock isn’t the only smart guy that will be back on TV in January; Archer is coming back to FX on an as-yet unspecified date within January next year. (Update: It’ll air on a new day this season, Mondays at 10 PM ET/PT, beginning January 13.)

The show’s fifth season has already been advertised with a great re-make of the Top Gun music video. But if you want more than that, this new teaser is pretty odd. It features Pam trying to fulfill her role as a human resources conflict resolution specialist, but she can’t even get the upper hand on her own role-playing puppet.

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Characters on the FX show Archer have many obsessions: ocelots, weird sex, Burt Reynolds, and Rush, just to name a few. And then there’s the Kenny Loggins song ‘Danger Zone,’ from the Top Gun soundtrack. Sterling Archer loves a trip into the danger zone. (Mostly because mentioning it really pisses off Lana.)

Now the show’s creators and the FX marketing department have created a great version of the ‘Danger Zone’ video, animated with Archer characters. Since the video was mostly footage from Top Gun, that means this ad is all Archer parodying the movie, with the bonus of seeing Krieger standing in for Kenny Loggins. It’s great; watch below. Read More »

David Brent is coming back, as is Whose Line It Anyway? Also after the jump:

  • Lee Pace, Angela Kinsey, Michael Ealy and more book pilots
  • Entourage‘s Rhys Chorio will drop by Dexter next season
  • Ron Livingston and Brian Geraghty join Boardwalk Empire
  • FX’s Archer and Syfy’s Lost Girl get renewals
  • Goodwin Games, Louis CK‘s new special get premiere dates
  • The CW cancels 90210 and moves Cult to Fridays
  • AMC confirms Scott Gimple as the new Walking Dead showrunner
  • Dylan McDermott drops a hint about American Horror Story
  • Most PaleyFest 2013 panels will stream live online
  • Netflix announces the Flixies awards

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