'I was gonna end it after season 8, but then I had sort of a brain explosion,' says Adam Reed
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Goodbye to the Danger Zone?

Back in June, FX ordered three more seasons of Archer, the animated spy comedy, but according to the show’s creator, Adam Reed, that will be the end of Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his band of wacky spies. During a recent appearance on the Modern School of Film’s Murmur podcast, Reed casually broke the news about the show, which earlier this month won the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.

“The plan is to end Archer after season 10,” he shared. “I don’t know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan – to do 8, 9, and 10, and they’re gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes – and then wind it up. … I was gonna end it after 8, but then I had sort of a brain explosion of a way that I could do three more seasons and really keep my interest up. So the three seasons that are coming up are gonna be pretty different from what has come before, and they’re gonna be different from each other.”

Making radically different seasons will be nothing new for Archer, as the spies turned to a life of crime in season five after being disavowed by the government. Then in season six, the spy element of the show returned, while the most recent season featured the characters moving to Los Angeles to start their own private detective agency.

“I do think that things can go on too long,” continued Reed, “and maybe instead of just looking at the bottom line, maybe those creative energies could be better used coming up with something new rather than continuing the same thing.”

FX had no comment.

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