In recent years, FX has cultivated one of the most diverse and interesting lineups of original programming of any network or television provider in the industry, with a number notable dramatic series like Fargo or American Crime Story all the way to their critically acclaimed comedies like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and You're the Worst. One of the network's mainstay original series, though, that has been on the receiving end of consistent critical acclaim and has amassed a passionate and dedicated following for itself is the animated comedy, Archer, which the network renewed for its eighth, ninth, and tenth seasons last summer.
Coming from creator Adam Reed, and featuring a number of strong comedic voices as its main cast members - including Judy Greer, Aisha Tyler, H. Jon Benjamin, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, and more - it's one of the network's longest-running original series, that has at least another three years worth of episodes to give its fans. But, the series will be airing those next couple of seasons on a (kind of) new home.
Announced by its sister network today, Archer will officially be airing its eighth season (and all seasons to follow) on FXX, rather than the traditional home network. In making this transition, the series joins a number of FX's other comedies, including the previously-mentioned Worst and It's Always Sunny, along with the Jay Baruchel-led, Man Seeking Woman. Chuck Saftler, president of program strategy and COO of FX Networks, commented on the news with the following:
“Archer is an awesome addition to the growing slate of original comedies on FXX, where it will join It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Man Seeking Woman and You’re the Worst. Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and Floyd County continue to make one of the funniest shows on television and it’s great to see them earn the awards and acclaim that comes with one of the most loyal and avid fan bases in the industry.”
Focusing on a former spy agency turned private investigative firm, Archer has followed the lives of its employees to great comedic success over the years, thanks to its razor-sharp writing and performances from its main cast members, as well as other notable guest stars. It's clear that FX has a fair amount of confidence in the series' future also, evidenced by their comments here and in the three season renewal last year, but that doesn't mean Archer will be going on forever.
Just a few months ago even, Reed himself stated that he expects the series to end after its tenth season, and with the upcoming seasons expected to include fewer episodes, Archer's lifespan is significantly shorter than it might seem. Regardless, the series joins some of the most critically acclaimed comedies on television right now with this move to FXX, one of the FX's many transitions to its sister network over the past few years, and almost guarantees the series a continued spot in the pop culture conversation for the years to come.
Archer season 8 is expected to premiere on FXX in 2017.