Netflix is a pretty great and incredibly powerful service. Our queues (I’m sorry, “lists” now) fill up with movies and TV shows, and it can be overwhelming. A good approach is narrowing it down to maybe one or two new additions that you can watch this weekend, and save other movies from your list for weekdays. This week, our partners at Complex Media are recommending the coming-of-age films Mud, Fish Tank, and Paranoid Park. I strongly agree with their choices of Mud and Fish Tank (I haven’t seen Paranoid Park). If you’re looking for other new additions to check out, you should also make time for Gattaca, Archer: Season 4, and this year’s Oscar winner for Best Documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom (its fellow nominees—The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, and The Square—are also available on Netflix).
Hit the jump to check out Complex Media’s video explaining why Mud, Fish Tank, and Paranoid Park are movies you should add to your Netflix list.
FX has renewed the fantastic animated comedy series Archer for a sixth season—and a seventh. The network has given a two-season renewal to the show, per THR, ensuring a rich syndication deal and leaving open the possibility for even more seasons past the seventh. The series is a consistent ratings hit in the all-important 18-49 demo, ranking as the second-highest rated basic cable comedy series on TV. By picking up two more 13-episode seasons of Archer, the show’s number of total episodes will put it past the threshold needed to qualify for syndication, meaning previous episodes of the series will now be able to air on cable and broadcast syndication.
Created by Adam Reed and Matth Thompson, the series took a huge gamble in its current fifth season by basically blowing up the central premise of the show and starting over from scratch. The result—subtitled Archer: Vice—is a hilariously ridiculous new conceit buoyed by the sharp writing and excellent voice cast, which is led by Bob’s Burgers voice actor H. Jon Benjamin as the titular character. The season five finale will air on FX April 21st, and one imagines season six will return January of next year.
Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:
FX has announced winter premiere dates for a few of its series. As previously announced, Ali G: Rezurection will premiere in February on FXX. Briefly:
- Archer – Season five of the hilarious animated comedy series will debut on Monday, January 13th at 10pm on FX, and it will remain on the new night for the duration of its 13-episode season.
- Justified – Season five of the beloved drama series will premiere on Tuesday, January 7th at 10pm ET on FX, kicking off 13 all new episodes that revolve around Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens confronting the Crowes, “a deadly, lawless family from Florida intent on settling in Harlan with new criminal enterprises in mind.”
- Chozen – The new animated comedy series centering on a gay white rapper fresh out of prison will have its series debut on Monday, January 13th at 10:30pm on FX after Archer. The show features the voices of Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Michael Pena, Nick Swardson, Kathryn Hahn, and Method Man.
- The Americans – Season two of the excellent drama series will return to FX on an unspecified date in February. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star.
Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Archer is such a terrific show. It’s a wonderful blend of parody, esoteric references, foul-mouthed language, and bizarre comedy. The show will return for its fifth season this January, and they’ve finally released a promo taking advantage of one of the show’s running gags. For those who don’t watch, characters—mostly Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin)—will occasionally exclaim “Danger Zone!” in the tone of the theme song from Top Gun. A new promo for Season 5 is a parody of the Kenny Loggins music video, and it’s a funny as you’d think it would be.
Hit the jump to check out the video.
Yesterday we got a look at the rather tame Comic-Con 2013 schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, and today SDCC has unveiled the full panel lineup for Friday, July 19th. Last year was the first year that Comic-Con moved TV panels into Hall H for days other than Sunday, and after getting a look at Friday’s lineup, the Con is starting to look more and more like a TV convention. While there are first-looks at The World’s End, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Kick-Ass 2, and Riddick to look forward to, the entire convention is packed with TV panels on Friday, including Hall H panels for The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and the Veronica Mars movie.
I’m baffled by the fact that the panel for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Joss Whedon is being held in Ballroom 20 and not Hall H, and at the same time as the Walking Dead panel no less. Hit the jump to take a look at the highlights from Friday’s schedule. Comic-Con 2013 runs from July 18th – July 21st.
One of the best comedies currently on television has just been renewed. FX announced today that the hilarious animated series Archer has been picked up for a 13-episode fifth season. Season four is currently in the midst of airing on the network, and ratings have continued to climb. Compared to season two, this season has posted ratings gains of +44% in the adults 18-34 demo and +36% in the adults 18-49 demo. Moreover, the show continues to shine creatively as the exploits of the titular character (voiced H. Jon Benjamin) are as entertaining as ever under the direction of creator/showrunner Adam Reed and executive producer Matt Thompson.
Hit the jump to read the full press release, and click here to read Dave’s report from last month’s Archer Live! event. 7 episodes remain in the current fourth season, with the two-part season finale set to air on April 4th and April 11th.
We received a fantastic entry into the spy genre in 2012 with the release of the James Bond film Skyfall, but damn it’s going to be good to have Archer back in our lives this month. The fantastic FX spy comedy series returns for its fourth season later next week, and a new poster has been released online (bearing the headline “Quantum of Mediocrity”) along with a few amusing character interviews. Said interviews play out like the characters sat down with journalists at a junket, but in true Archer fashion they don’t exactly play out as expected.
Hit the jump to check out the new poster and interviews, and click here to read our recap of the recent Archer Live event and Q&A. Archer returns for season four on Thursday, January 17th on FX.
Believe it or not, the only time the voice cast of FX’s animated spy series Archer gets together is during events like Comic-Con or the TCA press tour. So it’s a special treat for them to participate in Archer Live!, an in-person event that not only lets the cast members get out of the recording booth and riff on each other in person, but lets them interact with their rabid fanbase in a variety of ways. Outstanding vocal talent H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates were on hand along with executive producer Matt Thompson to hold a fan Q&A, reenact some favorite scenes, preview episodes of the upcoming fourth season and take us all into the danger zone.
Season three of Archer will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting January 8th. The season four premiere of Archer debuts on FX at 10PM ET/PT on Thursday, January 17th. Hit the jump for a recap of Archer Live! and a preview of season four.
Rejoice! FX has announced the return dates for two of its most beloved series, Archer and Justified, as well as that Charlie Sheen show Anger Management. Here’s a brief rundown of the premiere dates for FX’s early 2013 series:
- Justified returns for season four on Tuesday, January 8th at 10pm ET/PT.
- Anger Management kicks off its 90-episode run with the two-episode season two premiere on Thursday, January 17th at 9 and 9:30 ET/PT.
- Archer returns for season four on Thursday, January 17th at 10pm ET/PT.
- Legit has its series premiere on Thursday, January 17th at 10:30pm ET/PT.
- Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell begins a new set of episodes on Thursday, January 17th at 11pm ET/PT.
Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Archer fans love the show for its immoral characters, quick fire pop cultural references and ridiculous plot lines. The end of Season 3 featured the ISIS crew in outer space, and creator Adam Reed said that he is strongly considering a two-episode finale in Season 4 that would be set underwater.
The talented voice cast who help make Archer so memorable returned to Comic-Con in anticipation of the show’s fourth season. Show creator Adam Reed, along with voice actors Aisha Tyler, Amber Nash and Chris Parnell, sat down with members of the press to offer their insights regarding the show’s popularity and what motivates their characters. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Comic-Con has released the schedule for Preview Night on Wednesday, July 11th and the full schedule for Thursday, July 12th. Preview Night won’t just have people trampling each other for Exhibitors Floor merchandise. It will also have screenings of the pilots for Arrow, 666 Park Avenue, The Following, Revolution, and Cult. As for Thursday, Comic-Con has wisely scheduled The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 as the first panel of the day in Hall H (although it doesn’t start until almost 1:00pm for some reason), so all the Twihards can get in, see the panel, and get on with their lives. For the rest of the day, Hall H will play host to Frankenweenie, Oz the Great and Powerful, Wreck-It Ralph, Jackie Chan’s CZ12, The Expendables 2, and…not much else really. No offense to Chan, but his directorial feature CZ12 is going to be packed only because Expendables 2 is coming afterwards.
On the TV side, there will be panels for returning series Psych, Wilfred, Archer, Nikita, Dexter, and Workaholics. There will also be panels for new series Beauty and the Beast and Elementary. Hit the jump for highlights from the Wednesday and Thursday schedules. The 2012 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 12 – 15th.
Last night the second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were revealed, and while fans usually gripe about these kinds of people being out of touch with the public, they’re usually more accurate than the Emmys when it comes to picking the best that TV has to offer. This time was no exception as Homeland, the best new drama of the season took home the big award for Best Drama Series and Community finally won its biggest award yet by winning the Best Comedy Series award. It’s just a shame that creator Dan Harmon won’t be around next season to try again, though we’re going to give the new showrunners a chance before truly griping.
There were also some great wins for cast members from Breaking Bad, Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, not to mention some much deserved loved for BBC’s Sherlock and its star Benedict Cumberbatch, and FX’s animated comedy series Archer. I can’t say there’s much I disagree with here. Even the tie for Best Actress in a Comedy Series makes perfect sense. My favorite award though is the one that went to Louis C.K. for his turn on his own series Louie, followed closely by Paul Rudd‘s guest turn on Parks and Recreation as opposing city council candidate Bobby Newport (“Leslie, we did it!”). In addition, critics even gave us a taste of what they think the most promising shows of next season are by naming five of them the most exciting of the upcoming slate. Check out the full list of winners after the jump.
FX Networks announced today that the have ordered a fourth season of the popular animated series Archer. The show is currently in its third season and is scoring impressive ratings compared to its first and second seasons. I’m still late to the Archer party (I’m currently burning through Battlestar Galactica on Netflix), but I’ve heard nothing but great things about the dirty comedy series. I expect fans will be happy to hear that there’s more Archer in the future. In addition to the season four order, FX signed an overall deal with Archer executive producers Adam Reed and Matthew Thompson which keeps the duo at FX for two years with an option for an additional two years. The deal covers additional seasons of Archer and any new shows Reed and Thompson develop.
Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Adult Swim created a new language for cartoons. From the style of animation (which combined old school cell animation with new digital technology) to the nonsense plots that would often run for fifteen minutes or less, it’s a formula that has become something of a standard – until then, animated shows often went The Simpsons route. Archer, the FX adult cartoon show, is a mixture of both, but with a lot of that Adult Swim style. It’s no surprise that creator Adam Reed also worked on Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Sealab 2021.
The show stars H. Jon Benjamin as Archer, the would-be Bond spy for ISIS, a spy organization run by his mother (Jessica Walter). There he works with fellow spy Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), desk girls Cheryl Tunt (Judy Greer) and Pam Poovey (Amber Nash), and with Lana’s former lover Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell). The show mixes spywork with the clash of office mates, most of whom are functionally insane. Our review of the second season of Archer on Blu-ray follows after the jump.