New season, pushed from previously scheduled May 6 premiere by COVID-19 shutdowns, premieres later this year; cast member online panel set for July 24.
And…the wait continues! Season 11 of FXX’s animated comedy spy-spoof, Archer, is coming…later this year…at some point…TBD. Postponed from its originally scheduled May 6 premiere because of production delays in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adam Reed’s raucous and dysfunctional work-place misadventure, one of the network’s most popular comedies, will soon share a bit of its planned Season 11 “phrasing!” at the upcoming virtual San Diego Comic-Con, now dubbed Comic-Con@Home.
Cast members Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates, plus executive producer Casey Willis, will participate in a what should prove a lively online discussion and reveal of not-to-be-missed details about the new season. The panel will be available for everyone to watch on Comic-Con’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ComicCon.
First announced at a 2019 San Diego Comic-Con sneak peek screening and cast/producer Q&A by Nick Grad and Gina Balian, FX Entertainment Presidents, Original Programming, Season 11 will follow hard charging / hard drinking Sterling Archer and his return to spycraft after awakening, mostly likely thirsty and angry at Lana, from a three-year coma.
If you recall, last year’s eight-episode Season 10 was set in the ambiguously dated “future” of 1999, on an interstellar salvage ship, the M/V Seamus, co-owned by the eternally bickering, now divorced Sterling Archer and Lana Kane. Billed as Archer: 1999, it boasted a collective dysfunction performed on a truly galactic scale. Highlighting the show’s all-new timeline and setting, Malory was a sentient, swirling orb-like energy ball that could materialize at will to pit everyone against each other or enjoy an adult beverage; Krieger, who we thought had reached the pinnacle of creepiness, was an even creepier cyborg; Ray, even in the confines of a spaceship, was still prone to melodrama, moisturizing masques and extreme fashion; Cheryl / Carol remained angry, bored and clueless, though was inexplicably the best fighter pilot in the galaxy; Cyril remained the embodiment of cowardice; and Pam… well, Pam continued her path of personal growth, reaching freakish size as a gender amorphous rock monster.
We’re assuming the all the show’s stellar voice cast will return -- Season 10 featured H. Jon Benjamin as the hard-drinking Captain, “Sterling Archer;” Tyler as Archer’s Co-Captain and short-tempered ex-wife, “Lana Kane;” Jessica Walter as Archer’s mother and ball of energy, “Malory Archer;” Greer as the eagle-eye fighter pilot, “Cheryl/Carol Tunt;” Parnell as the attention-seeking First Mate, “Cyril Figgis;” Nash as the crew’s rock monster muscle, “Pam Poovey;” Adam Reed as the out-of-place-in-space courtesan, “Ray Gillette;” and Yates as the synthetic human with questionable morals, “Algernop Krieger.”
The show is executive produced by Reed, Willis and Matt Thompson at Floyd County Productions. The series is produced by FX Productions.
Source: FXX Networks
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.