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FXX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning animated comedy series Archer for an 11th season, as announced today by Nick Grad and Gina Balian, Presidents, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. Season 11 will debut on FXX in 2020. News of the Archer renewal was shared with fans at San Diego Comic-Con during a sneak peek screening and Q&A with its cast and producers in support of the series’ current 10th season, Archer: 1999.
But there’s more to the story than just a renewal for the phenomenal, long-running animated comedy series. Some spoilers ahead: As Executive Producer Casey Willis put it: “We are incredibly excited for our 11th season and look forward to Archer waking up from his coma and returning to a spy world that has continued without him for the past three years.” That’s right, after a few years/seasons of coma-induced hallucinations that took Archer & Co. to the genre lands of Dreamland, Danger Island, and 1999, the title super-spy will be regaining consciousness.
EW - Reports - Chat - Willis - Producer
As EW reports from their chat with Willis and executive producer Matt Thompson, that’s not the only change coming to the show. (I’d avoid reading their write-up since there’s a mega spoiler for the current season’s final episode; we’ll be avoiding that here.) As for why they opted to shift from the genre approach and return to the main story idea that took Archer through six seasons:
CASEY WILLIS: As we were doing these seasons of genre-hopping, we started thinking about how interesting it would be if Archer were to wake up to a world that’s had to move on without him. We thought it was so interesting that we wanted to do another season and explore that dynamic. In his coma we found out what’s important to Archer, and we want to see how he’s going to react when...
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