"Archer" Season Two Premiere at the Paley Center for Media
|(L to R) George Coe, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, Adam Reed, Judy Greer)|
As senators and representatives gathered in Washington D.C. to witness the President’s State of the Union Address, people gathered at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills to witness a spectacle of a wholly different fashion in the season two premiere event for the hit FX animated television series, Archer. The cast and crew gathered to kick off the show’s new thirteen episode season beginning January 27, 2011 on FX. In attendance for the premiere was series writer, co-creator, and voice actor Adam Reed along with show voice actors H. Jon Benjamin (Archer), Judy Greer (Cheryl/Carol), Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane), Chris Parnell (Cyril Figgis), Amber Nash (Pam Poovey), and George Coe (Woodhouse).
Fans and media in attendance were shown the first two episodes of the season: the season premiere, “Swiss Miss,” and a later season two episode “Pipeline Fever.” In “Swiss Miss,” the destitute spy organization, ISIS, attempts to court a wealthy potential backer at a Swiss skiing resort. However, the German billionaire’s oversexed teenage daughter has eyes for the womanizing cad that is Sterling Archer, while sinister assassins plan to kidnap the heiress. In “Pipeline Fever,” Lana and Archer are charged with preventing an eco-terrorist from blowing up a gas company’s pipeline located in the swampy bayou of New Orleans. Meanwhile, head of ISIS and Archer’s mother, Malory, forces the company to “Go Green” in order to save money.
Before the screening began, Reed thanked those in attendance for “giving up a night of watching television at home to watch more television [with us].” Reed also humorously informed the audience that those who were missing President Obama’s speech not to worry because “Obama is killing it.” Following the conclusion of “Pipeline Fever,” the crew members in attendance gathered for a question-and-answer session and also took questions from fans in the audience. When asked about Pam’s romantic preference toward women seeming to open up to men now as well, Nash concluded that “widening the net will catch more fish” for Pam. In regards to the creative writing process of the series, Reed explains that FX is very good about not censoring or toning down the content or material. In fact, FX encourages Reed to push the envelope further with the show, saying that FX wouldn’t mind if a character like Cheryl/Carol was weirder, despite already having rather kinky fetishes. The cast members discussed how similarly their physical likeness resembles their animated counterparts to certain degrees, but the self-deprecating Benjamin noted that his likeness was rejected in live action and in animation. The cast and crew also provided humorous anecdotes regarding friends’, relatives’, and loved ones’ experiences with the series. The premiere event concluded with a reception where those in attendance were able to mingle with the special guests.