After eight seasons and a well-deserved (and long overdue) Emmy nod, FX’s adult-themed animated spy comedy Archer will jump ship to sister network FXX in time for its eighth season premiere.
The move isn’t exactly unprecedented, as the past few years also have seen other comedies that began on FX – such as You’re the Worst, The League and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – shift over to FXX in order to bolster the network’s growing collection of comedic offerings.
Last fall, we learned creator Adam Reed would bring Archer to an end after Season 10, and with The League also riding off into the sunset after moving to FXX, it almost seems like the network equivalent of hospice care: The writing is on the wall and time is limited, so we might as well give these shows a nice comfortable place to enjoy their final days.
Along with the news of Archer switching to a new channel comes the official synopsis for Season 8, which promises to reinvent the series yet again.
Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around the hardboiled private eye Sterling Archer and his quest to find his partner’s killer in 1947 Los Angeles. The case proves to be more difficult than expected after Archer quickly gets mixed up in a deadly game of tug of war between Los Angeles’ most powerful crime bosses.
Every clue leads Archer further away from his goal and deeper into a mystery involving kidnapping, prostitution and drug addiction.
If you’re wondering how the gang has somehow traveled back to 1947, don’t worry: Fans at San Diego Comic-Con were given a sneak peek at how this drastic change in scenery has occurred. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but suffice to say, it might just be the weirdest thing Reed and his team have tried yet.
An official premiere date for Archer‘s eighth season has not been announced, but a spring debut is likely.
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