Sterling Archer is ready to return to the land of the living…finally.
After originally being scheduled for a May release, Archer season 11 was pulled from the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, FXX has revealed the updated release date for the show during its Comic-Con@Home panel.
Archer season 11 is set to arrive on September 16, 2020. Two new episodes will air at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET. The season will feature eight episodes. In a first for the show, episodes will be available the next day on FX on Hulu.
FXX was also nice enough to unveil the season 11 trailer alongside the release date announcement.
Archer appears to be back in the saddle and no worse for wear, aside from the use of a very cool tactical cane. It even seems as though the show has returned to Archer’s original offices…though presumably it won’t have the same “ISIS” name.
While season 11 has been a long wait for Archer fans, it’s been an even longer wait for Sterling Archer himself. Recall that the superspy has not actually been in the land of the living since 2016 when Archer season 7 ended. That year concluded with Archer riddled with bullets, face down in a Hollywood pool. The following seasons featured Archer’s elaborate “coma” dreams.
Season 8 was Archer: Dreamland, a noir-tinged hardboiled detective story. Season 9 was Archer: Danger Island, a swashbuckling adventure. Season 10 was Archer: 1999, an Alien-esque space story. In Archer season 11, however, Sterling is finally returning to both the real world and the spy world. Per FXX’s plot description:
“While many things changed during his absence, Archer is confident it will take just a little time for him to reset things back to the old ways. The problem: does the rest of the team want that? Everyone else has been doing pretty well and may not be ready for his return to throw a wrench in their well-oiled machine.
The old ways are pretty gosh darn destructive for Archer. He’ll probably be back in a coma in no time.
Archer stars H. Jon Benjamin as the titular spy. The rest of the cast is made up of Aisha Tyler as fellow spy Lana, Chris Parnell as the newly confident Cyril Figgis, Amber Nash as former (and maybe current?) HR director Pam Poovey, Judy Greer as the “surprisingly well-adjusted” Cheryl/Carol Tunt, Adam Reed as the exhausting Ray, Lucky Yates as truly mad scientist Krieger, and Jessica Walter as Archer’s mother Mallory.