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Interview with Matt Thompson, Executive
Producer of "Archer" on
This was a fun call. He's very funny...maybe even funnier
than the show. Which is saying a lot. Seriously.
FX NETWORKS: Archer
January 5, 2015/10:00 a.m. PST
Moderator: Welcome to the Archer conference call. At this
time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we
will conduct a question and answer session. As a reminder,
this conference is being recorded.
I would now like to turn the conference over to our host,
Ms. Kristy Silvernail.
Kristy: Hello and welcome to the Archer conference call with
Executive Producer, Matt Thompson. I’d like to thank all of
you for joining us today and remind you that this call is
for print purposes only. No audio may be used. As a
reminder, Archer premieres its sixth season this Thursday,
January 8th at 10:00 p.m. eastern and pacific only on FX. So
with that said, let’s go ahead and take the first question.
Moderator: Our first question will come from the line of Kara
Howland with TV Goodness.
Kara: Hello, Matt. How are you?
Matt: Hello. Good, Kara. I was worried that no one would ask
a question. So, I’m really thankful that you hit star one or
star whatever. Thank you for not leaving me hanging.
Kara: No problem. So, can you talk a little bit about what to
expect this season and maybe give us a little tease about
some upcoming guest stars?
Matt: Yes, I would love to. This season, when Adam and I sat
down and talked about what we wanted to do, we wanted to get
back to what we felt the show was at its core, which is a
show about Archer and spying and what I would say is like
more visceral action; people going out there and high stakes
stuff and people dying and that sort of thing.
Last season, we had a blast and we kind of took a detour
from what we usually do. They kind of bungled their way
around selling cocaine. If you go back and watch, nobody
even dies in that season.
And so, what we’re doing now is getting back to what we do
best. Archer, he’s a spy. He’s a bad guy who’s a good guy
who’s a bad guy, and we’re going to go back to seeing his
personal journey in this world to which I think the main
focus of the season is a lot about him, a lot about his
relationship with Lana and how that’s changed when there’s a
baby, and we can see Archer taking one step towards being a
better person and a better father and then maybe two steps
backwards from being not wanting to do that, kind of
constantly evolving without evolving. In fact, in the season
premiere, we see he’s ran away from being a father all
together and he’s off in the jungle somewhere fighting with
Japanese soldiers. That is the main thing that I can see
happening with this this year.
A couple of things that I’m most excited about are some of
the people that we have joining us for this season. One of
the things that this show does is it doesn’t really inform
people about things that have happened in the past. We’re
just kind of always moving forward and we like expect or
hope that the audience keeps up with us.
There’s a great character from Season 1 of Archer named
Conway Stern who everybody loved because he was somebody who
was just as good or better at everything that Archer is. The
piece is played by Coby Bell and he’s back early on in the
season to see what’s happening with him.
What I was saying is that that’s one of the things I think
that the show does is like we’re not going to go back and
tell you everything that happened in Season 1 with Conway
Stern. We just hope that you know and can follow along. It’s
not necessary to know what happened in Season 1, but it
makes the episode more enjoyable.
Some other things that we have happening is we wrote a
specific episode for Camile Mangani [ph] as a Pakistani spy.
We actually wanted to make sure before we wrote the part
that he wanted to do it because we couldn’t foresee anybody
else doing it and luckily, he agreed to do the part without
a script being written, which was really super cool of him.
The episode came out pretty great.
Also, meeting Lana’s parents played by C.C.H. Pounder and
Keith David, and it’s kind of fun to see Lana in a slightly
different role as the child. Lana’s always telling us what
to do almost and kind of being basically our collective
conscious. And now, to see her dealing with her parents,
it’s pretty fun.
One of my favorite things about that episode is like they’re
these Berkeley professors out in California and Archer and
the baby and Lana go see them. There’s a moment in the hot
tub with Archer and Lana’s parents that is [indiscernible]
and pretty much defines who Archer is as a guy. I mean you
put him in the hot tub with Lana’s parents and things don’t
Also, back this season, the people that I missed the most in
Season 5 were Barry and Katya. They’re both back in episodes
this season. I just like the way that Conway Stern works
will with Archer because Archer has somebody to play off of.
Barry’s the same way for Archer. He always kind of seems to
win and lose. I like it when there is that relationship
where Archer can bounce off of somebody so hard.
So, getting Barry back in an episode; getting Katya back.
Actually, the episode that Barry is in is one of our best
that we’ve done. Allison Tolman is playing Edie, Pam’s
sister and to have that come together with Barry’s return
and seeing—there’s this TV troupe. Like Cheers did it really
well with Norm’s wife. Norm would walk in and it would be
like, “Oh, what’s up with your wife, Norm” and he’d say
I think Edie was that way for us, Pam’s sister. We always
talked about these terrible things that Edie did and we
never had any intention of showing you Edie until we got
drunk with Allison Tolman at a FX party and listened to her
great Wisconsin accent that she did on Fargo and kind of
convinced us to do it.
Also, Rob Huebel who we’ve always thought is a super
hilarious guy is joining us for a very much—there’s a movie
from the ‘70s called the The Eiger Sanction with Clint
Eastwood. It’s basically our take on that old Clint Eastwood
movie with Rob Huebel as a pretty funny mountain climbing
But, I will say that my very favorite episode of the season
isn’t with guest stars. I think the show really works best
when it is all of our characters just bitching at each
other. You’ll see it like when they all get on a blimp
together, they’ll all get on a train together, they’ll all
go down to Sealab together.
There’s an episode this season where everybody just gets
trapped in an elevator and then they just bitch at each
other. I love, because these characters feel so real to me,
just listening to them all sit there and bitch at each
other. It’s great. It was kind of a challenging episode for
us because how do you make trapped in an elevator
interesting, and I really think we did it. I really like
that one a lot. How’s that, Kara?
Kara: I’m also wondering is there any chance we’re going to
see the baby go on any missions.
Matt: The baby’s out there, yes. There’s some things that
happen with the baby. Like Everybody Loves Raymond, it was
never a story about Raymond’s kids. So, this series is not
suddenly going to become Archer and Lana’s baby series, but
there is parts where the emotion of Archer and Lana
especially is heightened because there is parts when the
baby is in danger. There’s specifically I think about the
Camile Mangani episode and there’s danger for the baby, or
even the episode for Lana’s parents and meeting them.
I wouldn’t say it’s like necessarily taking the baby on a
mission because I would hope that even though our people are
pretty irresponsible, but they wouldn’t just like put a
[indiscernible] on a baby and go do it, but there are times
when definitely the baby’s in danger and we see what happens
to our characters because of that.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Suzanne Lanoue
with The TV MegaSite.
Suzanne: I watched the episodes last night. I really enjoyed
Matt: Which one?
Suzanne: The six that you guys sent out.
Matt: Oh, cool. Good. If you were listening a second ago, I
really like that Barry episode.
Suzanne: Oh, yeah. It was good to see him back.
Matt: Yes, and the thing that was really nice too is the
people at Fargo were really cool to us because there’s a
song at the end of the episode, and we usually don’t have
that much money to have nice music and they let us use the
Fargo TV theme song to heighten the emotion of the last
scene of that thing. I was just watching that and it was
like really nice for them just to say, “Okay, cool. You guys
use it. Go ahead.” It was pretty great.
Suzanne: I like that little Terminator thing you did at the
end. That was cool. You kind of knew what was going on, but
you’re like waiting, waiting, waiting. Oh.
Matt: Yes. If you listen to it, that’s the Fargo theme song
right there [indiscernible]. I wouldn’t call it a theme
song, but definitely recognizable from the series.
Suzanne: Right. I was going to ask you about—you mentioned Rob
somebody in the—
Matt: Rob Huebel.
Suzanne: Okay, Huebel. Okay, I wasn’t quite—
Suzanne: Oh, okay. Thanks. I was going to ask you. All right.
Well, I just enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the rest
of the season and seeing Lana’s parents and everything.
Matt: Yes. I was at another Fox party and I was having a
drink with Jessica Walter and she saw Keith David and
evidently, they’ve known each other for a long time. She
grabbed me by my arm and she pulled me over to him and she
said, “If Keith David isn’t Lana’s father, I will never
speak to you again.” I said, “Yes, ma’am. Yes, ma’am. Let me
write this down. Nice to meet you, Keith. Looking forward to
making that happen because I don’t care to have Jessica mad
Suzanne: That was great. That was a great imitation.
Matt: It’s the best I can do.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of
Jasmine Alice [ph] with sandbolt.com.
Jasmine: This season coming up, are there any guest stars
that you— because you guys have had so many awesome ones
along the way. Are there any that you still want that you’re
still kind of working on [indiscernible]?
Matt: I don’t know if you remember, but I keep a list of
guest stars on my desk. I just haven’t had, for whatever
reason. Sometimes, there’s just not a place for somebody and
I just kind of keep things in mind for like, “Oh, we got to
get them on the show.”
Right now, and I think it’s still going to happen, is we’re
really trying to find something for Carrie Brownstein
because I think that she’s so wonderful and funny and great
at stuff. But, it still hasn’t actually happened yet.
There is one more that I didn’t mention from earlier, which
is we did find something for Matthew Rhys this year. It’s
because he’s one of my very favorite people to have a beer
with. So, I went to the Super Bowl. Adam Reed and I went to
this past Super Bowl that Seattle laid it on them and we sat
next to Matthew and we got a little lit. Matthew is from
Wales, and he told us a story. He kind of entertained this
whole bus load of people with a story about a true thing
from history about these Wales separatists who were battling
the English in the ‘70s and they blew things up with a
couple of bombs and stuff like that.
But, it was such a good tale that he told that we went back
and wrote an episode based on his tale. And so, for the very
first time, there’s going to be a credit in the episode that
says, “Written by Adam Reed from a rousing tale by Matthew
Rhys.” Matthew plays the part of the Wales separatist, and
there’s this really cool American—have you see The
Jasmine: Yes, I’ve seen The Americans.
Matt: Okay. There’s a real cool couple of jokes in there,
which is this Wales separatist terrorist keeps going in
between like, “Hey, can do you an American accent” and he’ll
put on this really silly wig and glasses and then he’ll talk
in his American accent. We kind of just like shithouse him
about your accent is terrible or whatever, but that’s us
kind of joking around with Matthew Rhys about how he’s
always putting on a wig and then doing some sort of accent
and the whole time, he’s really a guy from Wales, but it’s
Moderator: Your next question will come from the line of John
Blabber with Blabber.
John: I wanted to ask you about; you mentioned it a little
bit earlier. You were talking about the role that Lana and
Archer baby is going to play in the new season. However, I’d
like to learn more about what Lana’s mindset is going to be.
Does the baby act like more of like a wild card for her now?
I mean how does she balance being a mother and being a spy
Matt: She’s conflicted. She goes through times of wanting to
quit, wanting to get away from it. There’s times where we’re
trying to take a vacation from the baby. And so, I think
more than ever, Lana seems conflicted and she doesn’t know
what she wants to do.
She also will go on a mission and leave the baby in somebody
else’s care, which is driving her crazy because, one, Malory
thinks that Lana’s breasts are filled with corn syrup or
something and she’s constantly fattening up the baby. So,
Malory is like feeding the baby ice chips to try and slim
the baby down, or else like leaving Pam in charge of the
baby and like, “Oh, my God. What happened to the baby?
Where’s the baby?”
And so, it creates a lot of stress on Lana. She doesn’t
really have a good handle with how to deal with it. She’s
kind of making it up as she goes along and sometimes she’s
handling it well and sometimes she’s not handling it well.
How was that?
John: A follow-up question would be, I mean when you’re
directing Aisha, are you saying to her to be more motherly
in certain scenes towards he baby even though it’s like some
sort of an action sequence or vice versa? Is there something
that’s more of a motherly scene and she has to kind of react
a bit more sudden because it’s action? How does she balance
that from a directing point of view where maybe she has to
put on different hats almost at a moment’s notice?
Matt: Yes, agreed. There are times when Lana and you’re
directing Aisha that Lana’s just yelling at people. And so,
I think that there’s a lot of times this season where we’re
taking a step back from that. We’re seeing her and we’re
seeing Aisha Tyler get really loving when she’s talking to
her baby, or very protective, which is a different form of
anger than just wagging your finger at people.
There’s also an opportunity for Lana— later in the season,
we’re going to see a love interest come along and to see her
in a very loving, romantic side of her. That’s also
interesting. Aisha took each one of those things very much
in stride. She is really, really good at this. I’ll find
like when we’re directing her and stuff and she’ll do
something, then you’ll take a step back and go, “Wow, that
was really great, Aisha” because we’re so used to her in the
yelling at us mode. Then to give her these opportunities
this season to either act so loving to her baby or be in a
romantic relationship is really wonderfully fun to see,
John: Very cool. Very interesting that even after six seasons
that you’re finding new dimensions in your actors. That’s
very cool. Thanks a lot, Matt, for the insight.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of
Sheikh Deshekio [ph] with Fresh Fiction.
Sheikh: Hello, Matt. Thanks for being on the call.
Matt: Yes, is it Deshekio?
Sheikh: Yes. Actually, everybody calls me “Chic” because
nobody can say my last name. So, people just pick that
Matt: All right. What’s up, “Chic?”
Sheikh: Well, it sounds like a lot of the guest casting
decisions come while you’re drinking.
Matt: They do.
Sheikh: I mean I would encourage you to drink a lot.
Matt: Yes. We have a lot of fun whenever we end up at
these—so, we’re in Atlanta, Georgia and we have a large
company in Atlanta. We have about 120 employees that do
Archer and a couple of other things. And so, whenever we
come out to LA, we get to go to all these really cool
parties and we meet all these people. It’s usually the
people that we meet at these parties that we end up sitting
there and having a couple of beers with that we’re like,
“You know what? Let’s do something.” Otherwise, it’s really
just us back in Atlanta hanging out if that makes any sense,
Sheikh: Yes. I talked with Amber Nash a couple of weeks ago.
I was asking her about a lot of the references on the show,
that there’s some that kind of send me big into Wikipedia.
Like the first time I remember is there was a reference to
Judge Crater. I never heard of that before in my life. So,
that was way back in Season 1. I asked her if a lot of them
went over her head and she said, “Yes,” but she mentioned
that you and Adam sometimes have to explain to Jessica a lot
of the sexual references.
Matt: Very true.
Sheikh: That sounded so awesome and awkward all at the same
time, and that’s all I’ve wanted to ask you ever since I
knew I was going to be on this call after I talked to her.
Matt: I think the first time I had to explain to Jessica a
reference was her—I think this is like season—I lose track
of episodes. So, please correct me if you can look it up. It
was Season 2 or 3 and she’s out on a boat with Jakov and
they’re spying on Archer. The name of the boat was The Chum
Guzzler. “I’m sure that’s some sort of reference. Would you
please explain that to me?” I was like, “Do you really want
me to, Jessica? I will be happy to explain it to you, man,
but I don’t really want to.” So then, I would explain it to
her and then she’d go, “Oh, that’s awful. Okay, let’s do
Sheikh: So, you should just maybe have a glossary beforehand
so that you don’t have to say it out loud. She can just read
it and it’s not as weird.
Matt: I’ve gotten used to it now. Like you break that ice the
first time because you want to treat her the way that she
should be treated. She is a person that I believe commands
respect, but she also prepares. She’s very prepared for
every time she comes in to do a scene. She knows everything
about all the parts, what everybody’s doing. She’s an old
school actor that prepares for everything. And so, she wants
to know what things mean that aren’t in her scene. There’s
stuff that is totally not necessary for her to do her job,
but she likes knowing the entire thing.
So, like I said, this first time I explained it to her, it
was difficult, but then since then, it’s just like you
explain it to her and she’s just like, “Oh, my God.” But
then, she’s never once refused to do something or anything.
She just wants to understand what the joke is. But, I’m
pretty sure it was the episode with the Chum Guzzler was the
first time we explained to her something we really wished to
God we didn’t have to explain.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Matt
Rodriguez with shakefire.com.
Matt: I want to go back to Archer’s live scene. Now, that was
this very different change of scenery for the show. How
vital to the production of it was that because I mean you
mentioned previously that now you’re going back to the
chorus of the series with the whole spy and Archer. So, how
important was getting just mix it up a little bit before—
Matt: I think it was most important for the people who sit
around and think about what the show should do. We needed
like to clear our brains out. We wanted to take a step
sideways that was still inside of our universe, but do it.
More than anything else, it was just like a palate cleanser
Internally, we love it. We loved what that season was. We
love that we made a country music album. We love that we did
something very different without doing something different.
I think it’s some of our strongest work if you can sit back
and watch it on the face of it.
At the same time, there’s a reason why shows don’t change
their standard formula too hard because it does upset the
apple cart a little bit. And so, it was never designed as,
“Hey, this is what we’re doing from now on.” It was never
even thought of that way. It was just thought of as, “We
want to go and take this small break from ourselves that
isn’t really even truly a break and then go back to doing
what we do best.”
We do realize what we do best is stories about Sterling
Archer, him being a dick, but also being a somewhat good guy
and some sort of spy, intrigue, people are going to die, and
then insert jokes along the way. We do realize that is when
the show is working at its best. We went away from that
formula last season, but I’m really glad we did. At the same
time, I’m just as excited now to get back to doing what it
is that we do best.
Matt: Can we expect any more of these random departures in
future seasons, whenever you guys get tired of—?
Matt: Maybe. I don’t know. Right now, we’re happy to be back
to work. We’re happy to be back to work doing what these
people were designed to do, but we wouldn’t rule anything
out because we haven’t focus grouped the show. We haven’t
done anything because somebody said, “This is what you
My partner and I have always made shows to please himself
and myself. I hope that’s the best way that actually quality
work gets done. It isn’t done to satisfy some sort of
collective need, but instead serves the needs of the
producer or the person in charge, but just trying to get
your vision across.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Bruce
Eisen with HereIsTV.
Bruce: I’m wondering if you like to watch TV and if so, what
do you like to watch.
Matt: I watch tons of television. I usually shy away from
comedies on TV because of when you work on a comedy TV show,
it’s all about recognizing joke patterns and such. So, you
get really tuned off from the standpoint of like making
something make you laugh. But, I usually watch dramas and
sports. If it’s football season, I’m kind of football all
I will say there’s a reason why we wanted Matthew Rhys to be
on an episode this season. I think The Americans is one of
the strongest shows on television. I’m not saying that to
tout the FX company line. It’s just really good and the way
that they drew you in with that daughter storyline last
season was crazy. I’m very much looking forward to them
going back into premieres, which I think is in January as
There are a lot of other things. I do generally enjoy a lot
of the FX shows. Again, I’m not just saying it because I
work for FX, but they make smart TV. And so, I find myself
more drawn towards the cable things and Netflix and Amazon
things. Jeffery Camborne’s show on Amazon is fantastic. I’m
watching a lot of the Netflix originals as well. I usually
go towards whatever you might be reviewed as smart drama.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Josie
Campbell with Comic Book Resources.
Josie: Well, for you guys, not only did you guys sort of have
Season 6 that you’re moving into, but you’re sort of already
renewed for Season 7. I mean just sort of what’s getting
back to the basics, did knowing that you wouldn’t have just
one season, but also Season 7 already in the works change or
sort of impacted what you guys decided to do this season, or
impact the storyline?
Matt: One thing that you wouldn’t think of that happened,
when you get renewed for two seasons and you’re a cartoon
show, something happens. It’ll make sense. It’ll take me a
second to get there, Josie.
Because it’s a cartoon, how good your cartoon looks is all
based on money. You can have the most talented people in the
world, but it depends on how much money you have to throw at
the pipeline and the process. Knowing that we had two
seasons left in the show for certain let me hire a
particular amount of staff with very safe and secure jobs to
say, “Okay, I know I want to make this part right here look
better.” So, that money security allowed me to bump up my
You’ll see it directly affect Season 6 for the first time.
There’s a couple of animations that you’ll notice are better
in years past. I was seeing the new promos that I have
started seeing. There was a promo of an avalanche that is on
TV right now and looking at how that avalanche looks is a
direct effect of getting renewed for two seasons. I couldn’t
have done that without that stability and knowing that was
coming. You’ll see some small action sequences and some
small facial animation that is all in direct result to
having the safety to doing two seasons at once.
As far as the storyline goes, I would love to sit here and
tell you that have this giant board where we make up
everything and do it, but we really just do it a season at a
time. We know what we want to happen this season. After the
season is over, we take a break for the month and then we
decide, “All right. What do we want to get done this
So, it’s more about the pipeline and the animators than it
is about knowing what we wanted to do in season seven. We
don’t know what we’re going to do in Season 7 yet. We don’t
know what we’re going to do in Season 7 yet.
Josie: Well, to sort of talk about something that was sort of
a big deal, the name change of ISIS; it just was such a
weird thing that all of a sudden, your fake [indiscernible]
show had to change its name because of an actual real
terrorist group out in the world. Was that something where
you guys just woke up one day, saw the headlines and were
like, “Oh, no. We’ve got to change things?”
Matt: Yes. We watched it very closely for a long time and
were just hoping that we would never to have to comment on
it because we feel like any comment we make on it is just—
there’s no way to win that conversation. It’s just a
terrible, awful, awful, fucking horrendous situation. And
so, when we finally bit the bullet and were like, “All
right. We got to go. We’ve got to change.”
What we decided to do was to say, and this is something
we’ve kind of been working towards because of our love of
Christian Slater and liking Christian. You’re going to see
him a lot more this season as our CIA handler. And so, we
decided, “Okay, that’s it. ISIS is done. We’re going to be
contractors for the CIA.” Right when we did that, all that
stuff went down with the CIA now and we’re like, “Oh, God
The best joke that I think John Benjamins made in a long
time, somebody asked him this question the other day and
they go, “Are you going to change your name from ISIS?” and
they’re like, “Yes.” John said, “After a lot of thought,
we’ve decided to change it to something that hopefully
people will hate less. We’re going to have the spy agency
now called AIDS.” We decided not to do that, but we are
basically contractors for the CIA now for better or for
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line— it’s a
follow-up from Suzanne Lanoue with The TV MegaSite.
Suzanne: I’ve noticed that you said that Lana had a sister.
Will we be seeing her?
Matt: Yes, I’m sorry. When I was running down all the list of
people, her sister Edie is played by Allison Tolman and that
was the episode that I was talking about where we get to do
a little bit with Fargo.
Suzanne: No, no, not Pam’s sister; Lana’s sister.
Matt: Oh, Lana’s sister. No. We’re just meeting her parents
right now. I’m sorry. I thought you said Pam’s sister. My
mistake. No, just her parents, C.C.H. Pounder and Keith
Suzanne: Well, how about Season 7 then?
Matt: I think that’s a good idea. I just don’t know when we
think about big things like that, now we tend to think who
is it that would really be that person before we do it. So,
I would have to sit down and think about who I would want to
play her sister first and then see where it would go from
there. But right now, there isn’t a plan for it.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Katie
Smith with Green Invasion.
Katie: Of course, I’m not asking for details, but I was wondering
if there’s any like jaw dropping shocker moments that you’re
really excited about revealing, or if you’re more excited
about just everyone’s development throughout the season.
Matt: Something jaw dropping that we reveal. You’re making me
think too hard, Katie. Yes, there actually as. You know
what? There is, but I don’t want to talk about it.
I’ll tell it to you this way, Katie. In years past, I don’t
know how much the American public realizes how standards and
practices work, but standards and practices people don’t
work for the network technically. Things change from
time-to-time. It’s not really the standards change. The
person changes from time-to-time.
There is something that is happening late in the season and
it’s basically Lana having sex. I was watching somebody
animate it the other day. It’s awesome. I’m just totally
being gross, guy here. It’s pretty great.
We were trying to figure out how much we’re going to be able
to show and how much we’re not going to show because if you
Google our show and look for, there are people who have
animated some pretty raunchy things on the Internet of our
characters having sex. In fact, I just got forwarded today;
there’s a series on Digital Playground about the agent
Stryker and the Agency CRISIS. It’s a series on Digital
Playground where they’re just taking our characters, our
show and they’re having sex.
And so, all that stuff exists, but we’ve never been able to
show all the sex that we’ve shown. It’s really been people
post-coitus, happily laying there and there’s a scene late
in the season that I think is jaw dropping and I’m curious
to find out everybody’s reaction to Lana basically getting
the shit fucked out of her.
Kristy, was that too bad?
Kristy: It’s okay, Matt.
Matt: All right.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of Al
Mannarino with Pop-Break.com.
Al: So, my question hopefully wasn’t answered because I got
here a little late. What is Archer’s like— has his
personality or his actions changed at all now that he has a
Matt: Yes. I think one of the very first things I said to
Suzanne was the basic struggle this season is for Archer to
take one step forward to being a better person and a better
father, and then maybe one step back or sideways against
being a better person and being a better father. I think the
two are very intertwined for him now. There are specific
episodes when we see that he is either running away from
being a dad, or that he’s trying to get in Lana’s life a
little bit more so he can be a father, or there are specific
episodes that happen this season that the baby is threatened
and we see what happens to Archer because of that.
We’re using the baby as a tool to tell Archer and Lana’s
story and deepen their relationship and deepen their
emotional standing. It’s not that we’re going to see the
baby all the time and like here’s this baby and what’s
happening with the baby. It’s really about how that affects
Archer and Lana’s emotional state. It’s one of the driving
forces of the season.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of
Robert Samo with FanboyNation.
Robert: A quick question; now that Malory’s the grandmother,
what’s her reaction to the baby and how is she going to
treat it versus the way she raised Archer? Is it going to be
like that whole grandmother thing of how Bill Cosby used to
say they’re trying to get into heaven now by being nicer to
their grandkids than their own kids, or is she still going
to be a hard ass?
Matt: No. She’s still a hard ass. In fact, she greatly
disagrees. There’s a couple of great scenes with her and how
she’s dealing with the baby specifically. I’m going to try
and remember the exact lines.
Like for example, one is Abigene is the baby’s name and it’s
named after Lana’s grandmother. In reality, Abigene is the
name of Adam Reed’s grandmother, but there’s a great scene
where she’s trying to convince Lana by giving her large
amounts of money to change the baby’s name to Malory. I
think at one point she says, and have the baby christened
with her name and “I’ll throw in another $5,000 if you do it
in a white church,” which is awful. Sorry, but it made me
There’s a great part where she believes Lana is fattening
the baby. I think specifically to a line about like, “What’s
in your breasts? Are they filled with corn syrup?” Whenever
she’s in charge of the baby, whenever she’s taking care of
the baby, you’ll see her giving the baby ice chips instead
of food, or else she’ll be off camera and Archer will be out
on a mission. He’ll be yelling back, talking to his mom,
saying, “God damn it. You have to feed the God damn baby”
because she’s very concerned that the baby is getting
overweight. So, no, she is not becoming nicer and trying to
get into grandma heaven.
Moderator: We do have a follow-up question from the line of
Al Mannarino with Pop-Break.com.
Al: So, continuity. You guys are really, really great with
bringing back recurring jokes and themes and everything from
the beginning of the season to an episode [indiscernible].
How do you guys track all of that? There’s a lot of shows
like How I Met Your Mother or Seinfeld where they bring back
old jokes and then there’s shows like Scrubs that would
forget what they did two episodes ago. How do you guys
remember or keep track of everything?
Matt: We try really hard on our continuity, and we fail
sometimes. We try not to let our failures leave the house,
but there’s been many episodes that we’ve corrected like on
the day that we’ve turned them in. Mostly those are visual
mistakes where we will forget a tattoo or we’ll forget that
somebody’s hair had changed.
Like last season, particularly this is for last season. Last
season, Cheryl’s tits got huge because of whatever she was
doing with this country music thing. I mean we’re going back
to normal size. The number one thing that we couldn’t do
visually was we couldn’t track Archer’s bullet holes because
he’s had over 40 bullet holes. So, we had to just like let
that go. Everything else visually; you should see like small
changes in hair style that’ll stick and then they’ll change,
or be it in clothes or whatever.
The things that have happened to a character are sometimes
more difficult and we’ll forget. There’s a very specific
thing that— we recorded an episode this season of where
everybody’s trapped in an elevator together. We recorded it,
edited it, started animating it, and realized there was a
mistake in the episode. We had to go back and rerecord
something. It was about the number of people in the elevator
that had seen Lana’s vagina, and we were mistaken that there
was only one of them in the elevator that hadn’t because we
had forgotten about Cheryl saw it while she was giving
birth. Pam saw her vagina when they had sex.
I mean you have to go back, and that’s our continuity - how
many people have seen that character’s vagina? We actually
messed up, but went back and corrected it at a later date.
How’s that, Al?
Al: By the way, while we’re talking about how many people
have had sex, has everyone had sex with Pam, or is there
still someone who hasn’t?
Matt: God dang, I don’t think she has with Cheryl. There’s a
spot in this season where things almost go that way and
maybe might go that way. It’s intimated. I don’t think she
has with Cheryl. If you put a gun to my head, I’d say Cheryl
is the only one, but I’m not really positive. We have to sit
down and talk to each other real quick and then we go back
and research it whenever something like this comes up
because we don’t want to make a mistake either.
One of the things that separates our cartoon from other
cartoons is our characters are constantly growing even
though they don’t really, really and truly grow. So that
means that continuity is important. It’s important that
people change clothes. It’s important that people’s bodies
slightly change. It’s important that their hair changes and
stuff. Those things are important to us, and so we try our
best to really not make a mistake there.
Kristy: Well, I don’t show any more questions in queue. So,
that’s that for today. Thank you, again, to everybody for
joining us and especially, Matt. We really appreciate your
As a reminder, Archer premieres Thursday, January 8th at
10:00 p.m. eastern and pacific, only on FX. You may now disconnect. Have a great
Matt: If I could say one thing to anybody who’s listening; I
have a tendency to cuss like a sailor on accident. It just
flows out of me. Please, please feel free to delete my
superfluous cuss words. I love it when my mother— it breaks
her heart every time she reads an interview with me. So, my
mom is watching.
Kristy: Thanks, Matt.
Matt: See you, Kristy. Good bye, everybody except for
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen that does conclude our
conference call for today. Thank you for your participation
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