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Since we last watched ourselves some Archer there have been rumblings that Adam Reed, the show’s creator and sole writer, is getting bored with espionage. Thus the switch in direction from a spy show to a drug cartel show. It makes no sense as to how this could be the same series. After watching five episodes of the new season it’s clear that Archer Vice is indeed a new premise, but it’s blissfully the same show we’ve all come to adore.
Say what you want about FX’s animated spy series Archer, as long as all you want to say about it is how fricking hilarious and well-written it is. Adam Reed and whatever muse he keeps locked up beneath his bed are flawless when it comes to perverting ideas and turns of phrase, and now they’ve gone and dirtied up the promotional campaign for the series’ upcoming fifth season.
FX and FXX have begun to lay out their midseason plans. For FX, that includes the returns of Justified and Archer, as well as the premiere of Chozen, an animated comedy originally slated for FXX, but has been moved to FX to join Archer on Monday night. Meanwhile, FXX will pair Ali G: Rezurection with the return of Jim Jefferies comedy Legit in February. Also set to return in February is The Americans, which will begin its second season on FX.
Just like last year, the Archer panel began with a special clip made specifically for the Con and it was hilarious. Pam's helping Sterling shoot a video for the attendees (all unattractive asthmatics according to him) which details his new plan on how to get laid in a room full of geek girls. Instead of intimidating the ladies with his Sterling Archerness, he's going as Tony Stark (mostly) nude! Guess where the core is located?
FX is gearing up for Comic Con with a number of series set to return to the convention this year. The cable network has managed to spread their panels out to cover almost each day of SDCC, Saturday excluded. Wilfred, Archer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sons of Anarchy will represent FX (and FXX) at Comic Con this year, with Wilfred leading off the pack late Thursday afternoon.
FX announced on Wednesday that Archer is getting a fifth season. This should be good news for those who tune in for FX’s animated comedy; however, it may not be particularly surprising news. The show has been doing quite well in several demographics during Season 4 and six episodes in, the network decided the numbers are good enough to go ahead and greenlight the series for another round of episodes.
Made up of scene readings/re-enactments, the screening of sneak peeks, and various fun and games, Archer Live was jokingly described by H. Jon Benjamin as a "hate letter to fans." But amid the t-shirts launched into the audience from a snazzy handheld cannon, and the off-the-wall questions the crowd threw back to the cast, there were plenty of details dropped about Archer's fourth season. And I'm sharing them with you.
Somewhat reigned in by the almighty Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) crew in Season 4 is still as filled with wild hijinks and as many one-liners that take the humor just a little too far as ever. However, with a different starting point and new adventures, including the teased and promised Bob’s Burgers homage—which is fitting since H. Jon Benjamin provides the vocal leads for both Sterling Archer and Bob—the season kicks off with a bizarre parody and just continues to get weirder from there on out.
To kick off season four of the espionage-centered comedy cartoon series and celebrate the release of season three's DVD, the cast and producers of Archer came together to perform scenes from the show, share clips, play games and answer questions. And though the event was far from being a finely tuned machine, it was one of the greatest live shows I've ever experienced.
Any fan worthy of their tactilneck can tell you the espionage-comedy cartoon series owes a great debt to Arrested Development. Like the brilliant but short-lived sitcom about the battling Bluth family, Archer has a comedy style that relies on in-jokes, callbacks and ludicrous characters. Moreover, there's been quite a bit of casting crossover with Jessica Walter, Judy Greer, Jeffrey Tambor, and David Cross all lending their voices to Archer in either lead roles or guest spots.
FX must have decided that this new sploosh-tastic poster wasn't enough to properly promote the rapidly approaching fourth season of Archer, so they also decided to subject the rest of the cast of characters to the press rounds on media day in order to spread the word that the premiere is less than a week away. Junket interviews and a very busy "Quantum of Mediocrity" one-sheet for Season 4 of the spy spoof.
You know what the worst thing about Archer is? Seriously? Because I have no idea. I can’t even tell you one single negative thing about it at all. If I’m held at gunpoint, and I knew there was one bullet left – because like Sterling Archer himself, I count all shots fired – I could only complain that there aren’t nearly enough episodes per season. If The Simpsons and Family Guy are still getting around and above twenty episodes a season, Archer should be right alongside them. Why aren’t these decisions mine to make?
From Louie to The League, FX has built a great roster of comedies to ensure that Thursday night is always stocked full of laughs no matter what time of year and next week marks the beginning of a new rotation. And with Archer, the world's best and funniest secret agent, back so soon, it's the perfect time for Sterling to be making the press rounds promoting Season 4. Here's the spy explaining his perfect day...
Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. From freshman comedies to long-running favorites, these shows kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. Presented in no particular order, here are TVBlend’s top 10 comedies of 2012.
The third season of Archer was impeccable. Seriously, look back at the recaps from early this year and 'impeccable' is definitely the word used most often while chronicling Sterling Archer's adventures as a super-spy cliche. That may sound like an insult but Adam Reed and his amazing voice-cast take the characters and situations to such high art absurdity that the result is usually an amazing animated satire. And, after the long wait, Archer is getting ready to return to FX for Season 4.