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'Archer' Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 10th 2011 10:30PM
['Archer' - 'Movie Star']

In a slight but still amusing outing for 'Archer' this week, the gang hung out with narcissistic celeb who was every bit the airhead we expected her to be.

Wait, not so fast. Rona Thorne wasn't quite what she seemed, and thanks to Rachael Harris' typically sharp performance as the superstar, just about every "Awesome!" the character uttered was amusing.

Harris was, dare I say it, "A-ma-zing!"

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'Archer' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 3rd 2011 10:30PM
['Archer' - 'Tragical History']

Last week on 'Archer,' we got a big dose of Woodhouse history, and this week, it was Cyril Figgis' turn for a Very Special Episode.

So how did Cyril do in his effort to deal with his daddy issues and otherwise distinguish himself as man, a spy or an accountant?

Well, it's Cyril. We're going to have to grade on a curve.

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'Archer' Season 2, Episode 5 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 24th 2011 10:30PM
['Archer': 'The Double Deuce']

Let's start this week's Archer recap with a pop quiz.

Were you surprised that A) Woodhouse was a war hero, B) Sterling Archer's birth was even weirder than you might have guessed, and C) the Archer family's child-rearing strategies seem to involve large quantities of alcohol?

For the child, as well as the parent?

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'Archer' Season 2, Episode 4 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 17th 2011 10:50PM
['Archer' - 'Pipeline Fever']

Sterling Archer's mission in the bayou country was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.

He got to pilot an airboat with the smokin' hot Lana Kane by his side, but once the boat's engines blew out, he was stuck in a swamp with a very angry 'gator.

Nobody said this spying business was easy.

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'Archer' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

by Ryan McGee, posted Feb 11th 2011 6:20AM
'Archer' S02/E03['Archer' – 'Blood Test']

'Archer' fans, be not alarmed: Maureen Ryan will be back next week to continue her usual recaps of the series. But this time around, you have me. I'd tell you what she's up to, but it's a super secret mission for ISIS, and I don't want ODIN to read this and foil her in the field. So let me sneak in during these nine frames of fuzzy footage and talk about tonight's episode, 'Blood Test'.

So much of the show straddles the line between spy farce and workplace comedy. Certain figures in ISIS wouldn't be terribly out of place in the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin Sabre, although the majority of their talking head segments there would be bleeped out by the censors. 'Blood Test' took those two elements and fashioned a paternity lawsuit in the way only this show could: Brutal accusations, intra-office soap operas, and of course, enough dark humor to make even the stout of heart blush.

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'Archer' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 4th 2011 10:45AM
['Archer': 'A Going Concern']

I don't think it's a goal 'Archer' set for itself, but the show has already developed some mighty addictive catchphrases.

Yes, comedy catchphrases can become annoying when they're beaten into the ground, but in its relatively short life, 'Archer' has been using its go-to phrases sparingly. Better yet, each one is a succinct encapsulation of the character using it.

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'Archer' Season 2, Episode 1 (Season Premiere) Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 27th 2011 10:31PM
'Archer' returned Thursday and ...

Wait. I had something for this.

Ah, yes! Now I remember. In my Season 2 review of the FX comedy, I wrote about why I think it's swell, but I do have something more to share with you: A few thoughts about 'Swiss Miss,' the first episode of the new season. Consider them conversation-starters, because I'm very keen to hear how my fellow 'Archer' fans liked the season 2 premiere.

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Talking TV Podcast Chats With 'Archer' Creator Adam Reed and Takes Reader Questions

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 27th 2011 11:45AM
Yesterday I posted my review of the second season of 'Archer,' a sterling FX animated comedy that returns 10PM ET Thursday. As you'll be able to tell from my review, I think the show, which chronicles the amusing and surreal goings-on at a disfunctional spy agency, is well worth checking out.

My podcast partner Ryan McGee is also a fan, and on Wednesday we chatted with the show's creator, Adam Reed, about how 'Archer' has evolved, what to expect in season 2 and what he originally wanted to title the show (hint: 'Archer' is better).

You can find the Adam Reed / 'Archer' podcast in all the usual places: iTunes, Picklemonkey and the Talking TV home base.

But wait, there's more! Ryan and I did another podcast this week, in which we took reader questions and discussed some of our favorite canceled-too-soon programs. A rundown of what we discussed is below.

I thought I'd mention one more podcast before we get to those running times: I guested on the Tuning In to Sci-Fi TV podcast with Wendy Hembrock and TV Guide's Tina Charles. We talked about 'Supernatural' exclusively, so check out that Winchester chat if you're a fan.

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Time to Return to the Witty World of 'Archer' and Its Maladjusted Spies

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 26th 2011 3:30PM
It's a very good time for television comedy, and the best thing about the current era is that there's something for everyone. Whether your tastes tend toward the traditional, the silly or the strange, it's not hard to find a show that will reliably supply laughs.

In the current comedy constellation, the wonderful 'Archer' (10PM ET Thursday, FX) occupies its own little niche, one that didn't really exist until the show invented it.

Sure, there have been spy parodies before, but none this clever, surreal or obsessed with timing and wordplay.

'Archer's' willingness to be both smutty and smart means it fits right in with FX's burgeoning comedy brand, but the fact that 'Archer' is animated allows the show to go bigger with its characters and plots. There's bloodshed and international mayhem, sure, but it's easy to focus on the comedic aspect of any situation when the characters are not only shooting bad guys but also complaining about their expense accounts.

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'Archer,' 'Lights Out' Dates Set, Plus Notable TV Premieres for January and February

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 30th 2010 3:30PM
There's lots of TV coming our way early next year.

This morning I compiled a list of January premiere dates (with the help of the ever-useful Futon Critic site). I also reworked my December schedule as well, and though I normally compile these schedules for my own use, I thought I'd share the resulting lists of notable TV dates with everyone else.

The timing seemed to be right, given that a few minutes after I posted that January roster, FX confirmed a couple of upcoming dates on the TV schedule: 'Lights Out' will debut Jan. 11 and the animated series 'Archer' will return to the danger zone Jan. 27. (For those of you asking, 'Justified' returns in February -- there's no exact date for that yet.)

So presented for your approval, here are dozens of notable TV returns and premieres that will arrive on your TV in the next couple of months:

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FX's 'Always Sunny,' 'Archer' and 'The League' Bring the Funny... Just Not to the Press Tour - TCA Reports

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2010 11:34PM
Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito at the TCA 2010 panel for 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'
When I noticed the schedule for FX's TCA panels today, I was happy to see that the cable net bunched all the comedies in the afternoon, when the critics were supposedly punchy and might have wanted a good laugh.

But something odd happened: All three of the comedy panels -- for 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' 'The League' and 'Archer ' -- weren't all that funny. And they weren't even trying, for the most part.

Who knew comedy was such a serious business?

The 'Always Sunny' crew was supposed to do a table read, but with Charlie Day off doing a movie and unable to attend, that got scuttled. So it was 45 minutes of Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson talking in relatively serious tones about how the show has grown and the issues they wanted to tackle. Even the normally wacky Danny DeVito became unusually reserved after the first few minutes. Maybe the FX folks saw Cloris Leachman's funny but scattered performance during yesterday's panel for the FOX show 'Raising Hope' and didn't want that to happen two days in a row.

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Six Sexy Cartoon MILFs

by Rich Keller, posted May 7th 2010 2:03PM
Lois Griffin is the top MILFy cartoon mom on the listSince the term"MILF" became part of the lexicon almost a decade ago, there has been constant debate about the sexiest moms in movies, scripted shows, reality shows, and on your block. Now we add another debate to this slate: Sexy cartoon MILFs. Sure it's a little creepy and you may need a shower after talking about having sex with a two-dimensional characters, but it's really all innocent fun. Plus, it does relate to the upcoming Mother's Day holiday.

So, after a comprehensive study conducted with nine drunken college seniors, here are six cartoon moms that could be considered MILFy.

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'Archer' - 'Dial M for Mother' Recap (Season Finale)

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 19th 2010 2:11PM
(S01E10) Whoa, whoa, whoa. Did 'Archer' just get sentimental on us for a split second? It was an almost stealthy move. Sure, the season finale wrapped up with Mallory calling her son an ass but it was... sweet. Considering the whole super-spy nature of the show, the rest of the finale wasn't very action-packed. Instead, the focus remained on Archer and Mallory's relationship and the sick, twisted world of ISIS office romances. I think the picture accompanying this post pretty much sums that part up.

Overall, though, this was one of my favorite episodes from the series so far, with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. And I'm sure you didn't realize we needed a new "Schwing!" but let's pretend that's what "Sploosh" (with the little hand motion) is going to be.

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What's On Tonight: 'CSI,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' '30 Rock,' 'Ace of Cakes'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 11th 2010 12:28PM
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, CBS has a new 'Survivor,' followed by new episodes of 'CSI' and 'The Mentalist.'
  • NBC has a new 'Community' at 8, then new episodes of 'Parks and Recreation,' 'The Office,' '30 Rock,' and 'The Marriage Ref.'
  • FOX has new episodes of 'American Idol' and 'Kitchen Nightmares.'
  • History Channel has a new 'Modern Marvels' at 8, followed by a new 'Food Tech.'
  • At 9, ABC has a new 'Grey's Anatomy.'
  • There's a new 'Real Housewives of Orange County' at 9, then a new 'Real Housewives of New York City.'
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new 'Project Runway.'
  • FX has a new 'Archer' at 10.
  • Comedy Central has a new 'Important Things with Demetri Martin' at 10, followed by a new 'Sarah Silverman Program.'
  • Food Network has a new 'Ace of Cakes' at 10.
  • Also at 10: Current has a new 'InfoMania,' followed by a new 'Rotten Tomatoes Show.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: 'Instant Recall,' 'The Office,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Real Housewives'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2010 12:07PM
Jerry SeinfeldHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, CBS has a new 'Survivor,' then new episodes of 'CSI' and 'The Mentalist.'
  • NBC has a new 'Community' at 8, followed by new episodes of 'Parks and Recreation,' 'The Office,' and 'The Marriage Ref.'
  • FOX has new episodes of 'American Idol' and 'Kitchen Nightmares.'
  • History Channel has a new 'Modern Marvels' at 8, then a new 'Food Tech.'
  • TCM has 'Private Screening: Lauren Bacall' at 8, followed by 'To Have and Have Not.'
  • At 8:30, GSN has the series premiere of 'Instant Recall.'
  • At 9, ABC has a new 'Grey's Anatomy,' then a new 'Private Practice.'
  • CNBC has 'Tom Brokaw Presents: Boomer$!' at 9.
  • TLC has a new 'Police Women of Maricopa County' at 9.
  • Also at 9: Spike has a new 'TNA Wrestling.'
  • At 10, USA has the season finale of 'Burn Notice.'
  • FX has a new 'Archer' at 10.
  • Lifetime has a new 'Project Runway' at 10.
  • Bravo has the season finale of 'Real Housewives of Orange County' at 10, followed by the season premiere of 'Real Housewives of New York City.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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