‘Archer’ Creator Says Show Will End After Season 10

Seth Kelley

Adam Reed, the man behind the FX animated show “Archer” got frank about his plans for the rest of the series when he appeared on an episode of the “Murmur” podcast from the Modern School of Film.

“The plan is to end ‘Archer’ after Season 10,” Reed said. “I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan, is to do eight, nine, and 10 — and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes — and then wind it up.”

Reed explained that he had planned to end the show after eight seasons, but had a creative “brain explosion” that led him to believe that he could maintain interest for two more after that.

“So the three seasons that are coming up are going to be pretty different from what’s come before, and they’re going to be different from each other,” he said.

The creator went on to talk about how the decision to keep the show going has been as much of a business decision as a creative one.

“One big thing is it’s a business, and Matt [Thompson] and I own an animation studio, and we have 100 fantastic people who work there and we want to keep them working forever,” he said. “Then there’s all this other above my pay grade business stuff about VOD and number of season and syndication and all that stuff. The more episodes you make, the better it is in the long run. Money is a big part of why everyone is in show-business is the business part.”

Archer features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as private detective and former spy Sterling Archer and Aisha Tyler as his colleague and occasional girlfriend Lana Kane. Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Adam Reed and Lucky Yates also star.

Adam Reed and Floyd County Productions created the series. Reed and Matt Thompson serve as executive producers. FX Productions produces the series.

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