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‘Archer’ Cast Marks DVD Release, Season Two Premiere

28 Jan, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Photo: Kevin Parry/The Paley Center for Media

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin walked into the Paley Center for Media Jan. 25 and announced his presence to awaiting media with a loud scream, a sly smile and arms stretched out wide.

It was the perfect entry for the voice of vein master spy Sterling Archer, namesake of the FX animation “Archer”: loud, brash, cocky and funny — everything that earned the series a second season, premiering Jan. 27.

“We were all excited, but we weren’t surprised that we got a second season,” said actor Chris Parnell (“30 Rock,” Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), who voices intelligence service comptroller Cyril Figgis in the series. “That sounds arrogant, but I guess that’s kind of the theme of the show.”

The series follows agent Archer, who’s as dangerous as James Bond, but puts 007’s sex drive to shame. And for all his “talents,” Archer also is a seemingly oblivious idiot, and a walking sexual harassment suit waiting to happen. Sadly (and hilariously) most everyone else working at the International Secret Intelligence Service, or ISIS, is equally selfish … and horny.

“I think the fact it’s so close to James Bond, but funny on more levels, is why it works,” said actor George Coe (Funny People), who voices Archer’s oft-exploited butler, Woodhouse. “The jokes are always fresh, and because it’s on cable; they can take it as far as they want.”

Actress Amber Nash (“Frisky Dingo”), who voices ISIS’s human resources director, Pam Poovey, was asked to do the series after its creators watched her work stand-up improv. They let her and other “Archer” cast members stray off script all the time, and that’s part of the reason it works so well, she said.

“[My character] can say the most ridiculous, absurd things. And it gets on the air!” she said. “I can’t believe it makes it on TV every week.”

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s DVD release of the first season (Dec. 28, $29.98), features the original, unaired pilot, an unaired network promo, six making-of featurettes, deleted scenes and pilot episodes of the series “The League” and “Louie.”

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