FX has ordered six episodes of “Archer” (working title), a new half-hour animated comedy series from Adam Reed that the network will launch this fall, announced Nick Grad, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, FX.
“Archer” is an animated half-hour comedy set at ISIS, an international spy agency, where global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other. The series features the voices of Jon Benjamin as suave master spy “Sterling Archer,” whose less-than-masculine code name is “Duchess”; Jessica Walter as his domineering mother and boss, “Malory”; Aisha Tyler as his ex-girlfriend, “Agent Lana Kane”; Chris Parnell as ISIS comptroller and Lanas new love interest, “Cyril Figgis”; and Judy Greer as Malorys lovesick secretary, “Cheryl.”
“This project has been a great surprise for us and were excited about adding it to our fall schedule,” said Grad. “Adam Reed has written successful animated series for Adult Swim/Cartoon Network, and he has taken this format and given it a live-action feel. It is a smart, adult comedy and the characters are given voice by a terrific cast. It clearly fits the FX brand and we believe it will find support from the fans of Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
Produced by FX Productions, “Archer” was created by Adam Reed & Floyd County Productions. Reed previously co-created, with Matt Thompson, the animated series “Frisky Dingo” and “Sealab” 2021.
Reed said, “I’ve been a fairly rabid fan of FX’s original programming for a long time, so I’m thrilled by the opportunity to become a part of it, and to bring our style of animation and comedy to such a fantastic line-up.”
Jon Benjamin has amassed a number of voice credits on animated series including “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and most recently as “Carl” on “Family Guy.” A longtime veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” Chris Parnell is enjoying a successful run in film (“Anchorman”) and television (“30 Rock”). Aisha Tylers television comedy credits include “Friends” and “Reno 911!” Judy Greers comedy turns include “Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Arrested Development,” “Two and a Half Men” and “My Name Is Earl.” Jessica Walter earned an Emmy nomination for her role as “Lucille Bluth” in the Emmy Award winning comedy “Arrested Development” and she is reprising the role for the feature film adaptation of the series.