Better late than never for FX’s cult hit Archer, as the animated satire that recently completed its seventh season has picked up its first Outstanding Animated Series Emmy on its third consecutive nomination in the category. The episode that clinched the trophy was “The Figgis Agency.”
Archer edged out stiff competition from last year’s winner Bob’s Burgers, as well as veterans The Simpsons, South Park and the wrapped Phineas and Ferb for the Emmy, its second overall. The show last year nabbed the Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Multiplatform Storytelling statuette for “Archer Scavenger Hunt.”
Backstage, Archer executive producer Matt Thompson said “It feels great. … I told myself, ‘Awwww, we lost, just don’t worry about it’ … but it feels completely different to win.” The team revealed that next season in the series “we are going back to 1947.” They also joked that “FX doesn’t throw us more money” for new period costumes et cetera.
Archer has been drawing increased acclaim in recent years, in particular for having new life breathed into the show via radical changes to its premise. Two seasons ago the series became an extended parody of ’80s war-on-drugs cop dramas like Miami Vice, even officially changing the name of the show to Archer Vice. And this year, the setting changed again, from New York City to Los Angeles, where the main characters abandoned the spy game in favor of forming a private detective agency. It was renewed for three more seasons in July with FX making the announcement during San Diego Comic-Con 2016.