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'Archer' Gets a Second Season

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 23rd 2010 11:30AM
Don't look now, but while Seth MacFarlane and Sarah Palin squabble in the media over where cartoons should draw the line, FX is busy doing everything in its power to obliterate that line completely. Their latest salvo: renewing their controversial adult-themed series 'Archer.'

Yes, according to a press release from the network, FX has given a second season order to 'Archer,' the animated spy boondoggle that carries a rare TV-MA rating. Though ratings haven't been stellar -- even with DVR usage added in, the series is only bringing in 1.2 million viewers -- the series, which details the exploits of acerbic superspy Sterling Archer and his equally bitter handlers at the top secret agency ISIS, has shown some signs of life, recently gaining viewers against the Olympics for their first ratings bump since the premiere.
Don't look now, but while Seth MacFarlane and Sarah Palin squabble in the media over where cartoons should draw the line, FX is busy doing everything in its power to obliterate that line completely. Their latest salvo: renewing their controversial adult-themed series 'Archer.'

Yes, according to a press release from the network, FX has given a second season order to 'Archer,' the animated spy boondoggle that carries a rare TV-MA rating. Though ratings haven't been stellar -- even with DVR usage added in, the series is only bringing in 1.2 million viewers -- the series, which details the exploits of acerbic superspy Sterling Archer and his equally bitter handlers at the top secret agency ISIS, has shown some signs of life, recently gaining viewers against the Olympics for their first ratings bump since the premiere.

That ray of hope was apparently enough for FX programming honcho Nick Grad, who praised the show, calling it "a hilarious series" that "truly earned a second season."

"We're very happy with the audience response and critical acclaim for 'Archer' and are excited to move forward with it," he added.

As you might expect, series creator Adam Reed was pleased with the decision. "We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to make a second season of 'Archer,'" said Reed, "and grateful that FX has enough faith in the show to allow it to build an audience."

'Archer,' which will boast 13 episodes next season as opposed to this year's ten, airs on Thursday nights, with the season finale scheduled for March 18.


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