Third time proved to be the charm for “Archer” at the Emmys as it won Best Animated Series last fall over two awards juggernauts — 10-time category champ “The Simpsons” and five-time winner “South Park” — as well as 2014 victor “Bob’s Burgers” and rookie nominee “Phineas and Ferb.” Adam Reed‘s saucy spy spoof returns on April 5 for season 8, though it has moved from FX to the edgier FXX.
Our titular hero, who has faced down death dozens of times over the years, seemed to meet his maker in the season seven finale, “Deadly Velvet: Part II.” The closing shot of that cliffhanger saw him shot and lying facedown in Veronica Deane’s swimming pool, with the water turning red as blood poured out of his bullet-riddled body.
The teaser trailer above reveals that this season sees a shift back in time to the Los Angeles of the 1940s with Archer now a private eye. Expect lots of film noir references throughout these eight episodes. And with Reed referring to this season by the umbrella title “Dreamland,” we may well be looking at a “Dallas” inspired dream sequence.
Don’t despair that all won’t be resolved for Archer and company. Eight isn’t enough for Reed who has promised two more seasons of “Archer,” which will air next year and in 2019.