Fall TV Preview

FX Officially Renews Archer, Announces 2012 Programming Plans

It’s official, Archer fans! At FX’s Upfront party in New York Tuesday night, network president John Landgraf announced the third-season renewal of the animated comedy.

Archer received a 16-episode order, with three episodes slated to run behind It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia this fall with the remainder airing in early 2012.

Additionally, Landgraf detailed FX’s plans to expand its current five-comedy portfolio, launching a sixth half-hour show in early 2012, with Townies looking like the strongest candidate. The animated series was created by three It’s Always Sunny writers (David Hornsby, Scott Marder, Rob Rosell) and centers on two misguided 15-year old best friends with no parental supervision, left to raise themselves through the most awkward years of their lives.

While the cable network recently suffered setbacks on the drama side of TV with Terriers and Light Out, Landgraf discussed plans to launch a new series in the fall, “likely” the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk-helmed American Horror Story starring Connie Britton.

Another new drama series will premiere in the winter, with pilots Outlaw Country and Powers in the running. (The Nashville-set Outlaw Country was delivered some time ago, while Powers, based on the comics, is yet to go into production.)

And in other awesome FX news, the network backed TVLine’s earlier claims, picking up Justified for a third season Tuesday afternoon.

What say you, Archer fans? Happy to hear there’s more on the way?

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  1. matt says:

    YUUUUP!! Best news I’ve heard all week. I just discovered this show and blew through all the episodes and so I’m kind of on an Archer high right now. So psyched that it’s not only picked up, but we’re getting 16 episodes– and airing 3 in the fall is AWESOME because it takes the sting out of waiting.

    You are not my supervisor!!

  2. Sam says:

    This is too good to be true. 16 episodes of Archer in one season? Adam Reed is finally getting the love he deserves.

  3. Laurel says:

    I’m ready for the another Season of Sons of Anarchy !

  4. Lee says:


    They should put SoA and American Horror Story out this fall. Justified and Outlaw Country out in the winter of 2012. Then Powers in summer 2012 to replace Rescue Me.

  5. bhm1304 says:

    “Archer” news is just awesome. “Archer” proves that it is possible to make a hysterical original spy comedy, maybe if “Chuck” had learned that lesson somewhere in its three years of ‘guest star syndrome’ it wouldn’t always be in danger of cancellation.

  6. angel says:

    somebody call kenny loggins cuz we’re about to enter “the danger zone!” lol.

  7. darclyte says:

    I’m so happy I could almost not belittle Woodhouse!

  8. Todd says:


  9. mike says:

    the filming in springfield captured the red neck aspect..you could not find a better place for that than the,”cockatoo”..great work…