11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Archer' Renewed for 3 More Seasons at FX
FX is keeping critical darling comedy Archer around for the long haul.
The cable network has renewed the animated series for three additional seasons, keeping the series on the air through what will be its tenth season. Additionally, FX has signed a new overall production deal with Archer creator Adam Reed's Floyd County Productions, whose Matt Thompson also executive produces the FX Productions comedy.
Archer will return for an eight-episode eighth season in early 2017, followed by two additional eight-episode seasons at dates yet to be determined. The episode counts will be the shortest seasons of the series to date; season one consisted of 10 episodes. That grew to 13 episodes for seasons two-six. Season seven, which ended June 2, consisted of 10 episodes. There has been no determination if these will be the final seasons of the series.
"We can’t say enough about what Adam, Matt and the entire Archer team at Floyd County have done to keep this series so insanely funny and vital through seven seasons,” FX original programming president Nick Grad said Tuesday in a statement. “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."
The show, which features a voice cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Reed and Lucky Yates, becomes the latest series to score a three-season renewal. Netflix picked up Jenji Kohan's Orange Is the New Black for three additional seasons and Bravo did the same with Marti Noxon's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. On the broadcast side, CBS has handed out multiple three-season pickups for The Big Bang Theory.
Archer is one of the staples of younger-skewing FXX's comedy roster that also includes Man Seeking Woman, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and You're the Worst.
Floyd County, meanwhile, previously created FX animated comedies Unsupervised and Chozen.