The film and television industry has been impacted heavily by the COVID-19 pandemic happening across the globe, with the closing of cinemas, festival cancellations, shut down productions, and postponed theatrical releases. There has been a trend in the last few days that has affected the release of television episodes, with “Empire” and “The Walking Dead” among those and are unable to conclude their seasons properly.
Now the animated series “Archer” is the latest to suffer from the global crisis, with Deadline reporting that the premiere of Season 11 will no longer air on May 6. The following quote from the network FX was included in their article:
“Due to production challenges and scheduling issues” season 11 will no longer premiere on May 6.”
Deadline also reports from the network that the crew on “Archer” “have been able to continue production during the coronavirus crisis, but things have slowed down due to the new challenges of virtual production, making it impossible to meet the May 6 date.”
“Archer” has been an on-going animated sitcom since 2009, based around a spy named Sterling Archer and his colleagues. The tenth season ended in July 2019, with fans of the series now having to wait longer than expected for the next set of adventures from Archer and his group.
The series had won two Primetime Emmy’s throughout its run, with both coming in 2016 when it received the prizes for Outstanding Animated Program and Outstanding Creative Achievement. Regular voice performers on the show include H. Jon Benjamin as the titular character, along with Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, and Emmy Award nominee Jessica Walter (“Arrested Development”).
Although there is no rescheduled date as of yet for the series that airs on FXX, Denise Petski of Deadline writes that “FX will shift the premiere date to later this year.”