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TV Review: Amazing Episode Kicks Off Third Season of FX’s ‘Archer’

19 January 2012 10:36 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – There’s so much variance in quality when it comes to TV animation for adults. On one end of the spectrum, there’s the already-canceled “Allen Gregory” and the hopefully-to-follow “Napoleon Dynamite.” On the other, you have a show like “South Park” that has lost none of its creative drive. With “Family Guy” faltering in the last couple years, there’s only one real contender to the Parker/Stone throne and tonight’s premiere of “Archer” proves that this often-brilliant show needs to be in the conversation when one considers the best animated shows on TV.

Television Rating: 4.5/5.0

I sometimes forget how funny “Archer” is until a new season premiere screener shows up. The first episode of the third season, “The Man From Jupiter,” which features a riotous guest appearance by Burt Reynolds, is one of the funniest things that I’ve seen in a long time, animated or live-action. »

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'Archer' Ep Adam Reed: Working with Burt Reynolds 'a surreal experience'

17 January 2012 2:45 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In the season premiere of "Archer," Burt Reynolds guest stars as Malory's (Jessica Walter) love interest, much to the chagrin of her son Sterling (H. Jon Benjamin). But what's most interesting about Reynolds playing himself on the animated spy comedy is how he wanted to be portrayed.

"We sent him the script beforehand and he noted the script up pretty good," explains "Archer" Ep Adam Reed. "But it was all to make it more self-deprecating."

Reed cites an example of something Reynolds re-wrote. In the scene, Archer says his fondness for Reynolds' films influenced his career path. This is met with a curious response.

Reed explains, "Archer says, '"Operation C.I.A." is why I became a spy.' And he's [Reynolds] like, 'Really, I though that movie sucked.'"

Reed, like his character Archer, is a huge fan of Emmy and Golden Globe winner. This made it extra special when the »


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