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.
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.
This is one of the more bizarre stories I’ve posted in my time here: Orson Welles, who died in 1985, will be in a new movie. Well, his voice will be in the movie, but it’s still bizarre how it came about. THR reports that “lost tapes” of Welles narrating a book called Christmas Tails have been uncovered and that Drac Studios will now use them as basis for a movie. The tapes are a result of Welles narrating the book for his friend Robert X. Leed. Leed, in speaking with Drac Studios president Harvey Lowry, remembered he had the tapes, shared them with Lowry, and Lowry started brainstorming ideas for a picture.
Christmas Tails is about Santa’s dog saving Christmas by gathering other canines in the North after the Reindeer fall ill. Welles’ voice will be interspersed throughout and part of the movie will be about uncovering the tapes. Matt Thompson wrote the script based on Leed’s book and Todd Tucker, who directed the upcoming Monster Mutt which Lowry produced, will helm the project.
The plan is to use a mix of live-action and CG with Drac, who are best known as a special effects and makeup shop for movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, will create the dogs and the North Pole using computer graphics. The plan is to shoot the live action in the summer or fall for a Christmas 2011 release in 3D. THR says the incorporation of Welles’ narration will be like Peter Lorre’s in 1966′s animated The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.