FX is bestowing fast-rising spy Atlanta-created animated spoof “Archer” a fourth season before the third one is even over.
Renewals that come while the previous season is still ongoing is always a sign of confidence.
FX’s patience has been rewarded. The show, which airs on Thursday evenings, opened a bit on the slow side in 2009 season one but as the cult of Sterling Archer has grown, so has the fan base.
Counting DVR use for a week after the original airing, the show is pulling in two million viewers a week so far, up 32 percent from season two. Counting repeats, the show is averaging 3.3 million viewers.
There are four more new episodes this season, ending March 22. The fourth season will have 13 episodes.
Former Conyers resident Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) guest voices on tonight’s episode at 10 p.m.
Matt Thompson, one of the Atlanta creators, who works with Adam Reed at Floyd County Productions near Emory University sent me two quotes to choose from that he sent to the FX publicists. The press release includes the second one but the first one is arguably funnier:
It is really wonderful to hear all of the nice things some very smart and talented people at FX are saying about working with us. I am going to frame this press release and hand it to my wife. I now have official proof that I am good at something, despite her claims to the contrary.
I feel like a won an award or something. I get to keep making smart, funny TV for smart, funny people. I realize this is rare and I am going to ride along until someone kicks me off.
FX has also signed a production deal with their Atlanta-based production company. Floyd County already animates FX’s new series “Unsupervised.”
And here’s the flattering press release quote from FX VP Eric Schrier:
“Adam and Matt are incredibly gifted producers and we’re proud to have them and Floyd County under the FX Productions umbrella,” said Schrier. “Archer has been an incredibly successful title for FXP, from ratings to DVD sales, iTunes, merchandise and even its bestselling book. They’ve done an outstanding job of animating Unsupervised. This is a great deal for FXP as we continue to expand the studio, and it affords us the ability to aggressively pursue new animated projects.”
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk