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'Archer' - 'Job Offer' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:04PM
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(S01E09)
Just one more episode to go before 'Archer' wraps up its ten-episode run. It will be interesting to see if FX brings it back for another season. The show's super-spy universe really lends itself to further exploration, but the characters' tangled web of sexual tension and missing fathers may not hold up for another ten episodes. It's a small cast of main characters, and the back-and-forth nature can only last so long. [Edit: 'Archer' has been renewed. I knew that. I was totally just testing you guys. Totally.]

Maybe some new problems will be introduced in the finale, leaving us begging for more. Or maybe everyone will die in a fiery, sexy explosion. Y'never know.

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'Modern Family' - 'Truth Be Told' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:42AM
Ed O'Neill, 'Modern Family'(S01E17) Dammit! Wives are more right than we'd like to admit, aren't they, guys? I was convinced Claire was completely overreacting to Phil's Faceook communications with his ex-girlfriend. My wife and I both have several people from our pasts that we talk to online, and it is completely innocent.

If anything, perhaps the events of this episode could be criticized by saying that they are promoting negative sexual stigmas attached to social networking sites. While the sites do have their dangers, they're certainly not worthy of fear-mongering.

But I'm not going to jump on that soap box. Instead, I'm going to say that this episode was absolutely brilliant. Everything from Flyza Minelli to "A little bit louder" was pitch perfect comedy. I laughed out loud more at this episode than I do entire seasons of most comedy series.

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TV Casting: Judy Greer Returning to TV

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 10th 2010 2:48PM
Judy GreerJudy Greer ('Miss Guided') will take another stab at TV stardom in the Fox comedy pilot 'Tax Man.' Greer will join David Krumholtz in the series, set at an IRS office in Fresno, California. The project will re-team Greer with 'Arrested Development's' Ron Howard, who is executive producing the pilot with Brian Grazer and David Nevins. Brent Forrester ('The Office') will pen the pilot. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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FX Renews 'Archer'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 12:03PM
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'Archer,' the new animated spy spoof on FX, hasn't exactly been destroying the competition in the ratings, but it has gotten enough viewers and critical acclaim and the network has given it a second season.

This makes me extremely happy. The show isn't as laugh out loud funny as I hoped it would be (though it has had some laugh out loud moments for sure), but I love the entire concept, a modern take on the classic '60s spy genre. It's like a really irreverent, dirty 'In Like Flint.'

The voice work (by H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, and Aisha Tyler, among others) is perfect, and one of its funnier aspects is how most of the characters aren't even that likable. 'Archer' has created a world I want to get to know better (and that's a good thing, especially in a cartoon).

This season had ten episodes and FX has ordered thirteen for the second season, which means they have faith in this show. We'll have to wait until 2011 for the new episodes though.

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'Archer' - 'Skytanic' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 19th 2010 2:25PM
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(S01E07)
In this kind of, sort of action-packed episode of 'Archer,' the screwed-up relationships between characters really picked up speed. Drama is always heightened when you're stuck with your ex and your unfaithful current beau in a ticking time bomb of a blimp -- er, rigid airship.

It will be interesting to see how much longer they can go on without addressing Cyril's affair with Cheryl/Carol/what's-her-face. The show is only set to run for ten episodes, so it's not unimaginable that they could leave the big reveal for the final episode. And we can assume it will be big because we all saw what Lana did even when Archer and Cyril were just training together.

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'Archer' - 'Skorpio' Recap

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 12th 2010 11:45AM
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(S01E06)
This week's episode involved yet another super-spy mission and drugs and chocolate fountains, but the main focus was really the always-hot drama bubbling under the surface amongst the employees of ISIS.

So, Lana's off to take on another mission, this time with the extra-hairy arms dealer, Skorpio. Malory has also scampered away under some business-y business pretenses but she's really hanging out with her KGB lover, Nikolai, on his Chum Guzzler. That leaves Cyril and the rest of the ISIS crew to hang around in the office and not do work. Of course, office gossip ensues and we're left knowing a little too much about certain characters.

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Review: 'Archer' - 'The Honey Pot'

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 5th 2010 12:45PM
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(S01E05) Y'know the way you've been frantically scribbling in your diary for the past few years about how badly you want to see Thomas Lennon and Ron Perlman voice animated characters together? Yeah. I bet you thought you would keep writing forever. But 'Archer' sensed the secret wish in your tear-stained pages and made it a reality.

This episode wasn't quite as rapid-fire funny as some of the previous ones but it was still fantastic. It's clear that the writers are having a lot of fun with the characters, even the ones that pop up for only one mission.

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Review: Archer - Killing Utne

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 29th 2010 12:30AM
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(S01E04)
Ah, yes. Yet another fine episode of Archer. This show has been steadily funny, which is good. I'm still waiting for it to do something outrageous and surprise us with a particularly extra-hilarious or an especially terrible episode, but I don't mind watching something that I can rely on for decent laughs, even if it doesn't leave me rolling on the floor.

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5 Reasons 'Archer' Is the Funniest New Comedy on TV

by Sharon Knolle, posted Jan 28th 2010 12:45PM
After Austin Powers, Maxwell Smart and who knows how many other take-offs on James Bond, do we really need another spy spoof? If you're talking 'Archer,' FX's hilarious new animated series, then yes, yes we do.

Picture it as 'Mad Men,' if the opening graphics were the whole show, and it wasn't about Sterling Cooper, New York ad agency, but Sterling Archer, ISIS intelligence agent. And if it were a whole lot sillier. And more crass.

Or maybe it's more like old-school Hanna-Barbera adventure series 'Jonny Quest,' but with actual swear words and zero life lessons.

Here are five excellent reasons why you should be tuning in ...

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Review: Archer - Diversity Hire

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 22nd 2010 2:02AM
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(S01E03) Considering Archer's previous episodes, the title "Diversity Hire" should have allowed you plenty of time to prepare yourself for lots of groan-worthy racial jokes. And yeah, that was definitely what we got. Overall, it was a pretty solid episode; the thirty minutes really went by in a blur because those jokes came rapid-fire.

This week, the ISIS lost yet another non-white agent and needed to make a diversity hire to get some sweet tax action (or not get tax action, I guess). Enter, Conway Stern, a black Jewish agent who is so nice and efficient, it is borderline suspicious.

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Review: Archer - Training Day

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 15th 2010 3:02PM
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(S01E02)
FX, those bunch of sneaky so-and-sos. Their new hot piece of animated action was set to premiere Thursday night, but instead of airing the "Mole Hunt" episode that quietly previewed after It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia a few months ago, they pulled a fast one and showed an all-new episode first. I guess "Training Day" is to be considered the proper series premiere at this point? Even if it's really the second episode? Question mark?

If you'd rather hang on and revisit "Mole Hunt," our own Jonathan Toomey took care of that. Here, we're going to take a look at "Training Day."

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Archer -- An early look

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 13th 2010 11:02AM
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There is only one really bad thing about Archer, and that's the fact it's going to make my Thursday viewing line-up very, very full. Way to not anticipate my needs, FX. Geez.

I just sampled five episodes of FX's new animated offering, including the pilot that quietly aired a few months ago (reviewed by Jonathan Toomey here), and I already love it. There are a lot of appealing things about Archer: It's 60s-style super-spy adventures plus hilarious writing that maintains a great pace for the entire half-hour. Oh, and puns. Lots of puns.

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Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter to Reunite on 'Archer'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Jan 6th 2010 11:00AM
George and Lucille Bluth, together again!

While it may not be the 'Arrested Development' reunion that fans have been clamoring for, the Ausiello Files reports erstwhile Bluth paterfamilias Jeffrey Tambor will guest-star on an upcoming episode of the new FX animated comedy series 'Archer,' a half-hour spy spoof that co-stars the voice of his 'Arrested' wife Jessica Walter.

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Archer looks awesome

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 2nd 2009 1:30PM
Is it too early to name Archer as one of my favorite shows of 2010? It's hard to judge sometimes how good an animated show is going to be, but if Jonathan's review of the pilot and the video clips below for Archer are any indication, it's going to be all kinds of awesome. I like spy shows and movies anyway, and this animated, modern take looks really funny. It debuts on FX on January 14 at 10 p.m.

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ABC Getting 'Stupid' With Judy Greer

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Oct 21st 2009 5:25PM
Judy GreerAccording to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC is developing a multi-camera comedy starring Judy Greer entitled 'I'm With Stupid.' Greer will play a New York-based woman who, after having a fling with a somewhat less-than-brainy park ranger on an African safari, has to accommodate him when he shows up in New York unexpectedly.

This will mark Greer's return to the small screen as a lead. She was last seen on ABC's 'Miss Guided,' a multi-camera comedy pitting Greer as a hapless guidance counselor. The show debuted on March 18, 2008 as a midseason replacement and didn't fair too well, with the first season lasting just seven episodes. It was not renewed for a second season.

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