The upcoming sixth season of FX’s acclaimed spy comedy series “Archer” sees the dysfunctional staff of the ISIS agency returning to work as spies after a season in the drug trafficking trade.
However, one key change is in store for the new season – the name of the agency. The creators of the show have opted to eliminate all use of the acronym following the rise of the real life jihadist group.
The Daily Beast reports that a new scene has been added to the season opener which shows movers rolling out the circular blue ISIS sign. Dialogue has also been added between Malory Archer (Jessica Walter) and Sterling (H. Jon Benjamin) explaining that they now work for the CIA following the events of last season.
Creator Adam Reed says of the real life ISIS and the change: “We were waiting for it to go away – at least I was. Back in season 5, FX said, ‘This might be a thing,’ and I thought, ‘Maybe it won’t be? Maybe it’ll be the mole that I’m gonna ignore and nothing will happen.’ We got sort of lucky and could organically make a merger with the CIA, so we went back and retroactively painted out the ISIS logos in parts of the show, and we just don’t talk about it in dialogue.”
Exec producer Matt Thompson adds: “We won’t say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show. It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it.”
There are no plans to remove the logo or mentions of ISIS from previous seasons of the show.