“Archer” did a panel presentation for FX day of the 2015 winter TV press tour, and interspersed with the cast members riffing and giggling amongst themselves, there was time to get a few juicy tidbits about the show’s future.
The animated comedy was picked up for Seasons 6 and 7 simultaneously back in March 2014, which executive producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis tell Zap2it gave them the luxury to make the show look better. The pickup let them know their budget and that they would be keeping their staff together for two years.
“When you watch this season of ‘Archer,’ you will see a show that just looks better,” says Thompson. “You’ll see more fluid fights, more fluid animation. In this Thursday’s [Jan. 22] episode, there’s an avalanche in it … that’s all a direct result of them renewing us for two seasons at a time.”
What they haven’t done, however, is plot out what Season 7 will be. They have a few ideas, but nothing is definitely.
“We haven’t decided exactly what is going to happen in Season 7,” says Thompson. “Is it that we’re going to explore the fact that Archer has kind of forgotten about who his dad is? Is it that we’re going to explore the fact that maybe the CIA and them don’t get along so well? We don’t know yet. We don’t know on purpose because we want to digest [Season 6] and let it go and let it sit and then come back.”
Even if the producers aren’t plotting out future seasons, they do feel like 10 would be a great number of seasons for the show to run.
“I don’t see that there’s any reason why this show can’t get to 10. We’re under contract for seven, but I think that the natural thing for the show feels like 10 years for me,” says Thompson. “On our show, these people, these characters, have to grow. They have to experience loss, pain, hardship, love and you can only do that for so long.”
“I agree,” says Willis. “But I think there’s still a lot of comedy and a lot of story for these characters to mine, so yeah, let’s go for 10.”
“Ten feels like the right number, it’s the number that I’m shooting for,” concludes Thompson.
“Archer” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.