(CBR) FX’s animated spy comedy "Archer" has been a staple for the network since it first premiered in 2010. Now on the cusp of Season 5, the television show enters new territory as the International Secret Intelligence Service is dismantled and the former spies are now outside the law, attempting to unload kilos of drugs. At New York Comic Con, cast members Jessica Walter ("Arrested Development"), comedian Aisha Tyler, Lucky Yates, Amber Nash ("Frisky Dingo"), Judy Greer ("Arrested Development"), Chris Parnell ("Saturday Night Live") and H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob’s Burgers", "Home Movies") spoke with members of the press about the show and looked back on the past four seasons.
Tyler, who voices one of ISIS’s only competent spies and newly expectant mother Lana Kane, discussed her beginning on the show, recalling that landing the role of the exasperated agent was relatively simple.
“The way I prepared for the audition of Lana is that I picked up the phone and when they asked if I want to play Lana I said ‘Yes,’” Tyler deadpanned. “I practiced a lot of ‘yeses’ and also a couple of ‘I want more moneys.’”
More seriously, Tyler explained that she had been an ardent fan of "Archer" creator Adam Reed’s two other animated comedies. “I loved "Space Ghost [Coast to Coast]" when it was on and so I found "Sealab " … When they said this was written by the guy who wrote "Sealab" I said yes,” Tyler recalled.
Currently voice recording for Season 5, which begins in January, Tyler spoke of her character’s impending pregnancy and whether fans learn more about Lana’s family or life before becoming a spy.
“I don’t know if we’re going to see Lana’s family. The thing that’s been funny for me with this show, and I think its going to be really great this season, is seeing Lana in situations of peril while pregnant,” Tyler said. “Obviously that’s harder to get away with in real life but when you have a cartoon its hilarious to put her in machine gun fire while she’s with child; I think that’s mainly what we’re focused on.”
Looking across the press room, Tyler took a moment to yell to Reed, asking for his permission to “spill the Season 5 spoilers.” Reed shrugged.
“I don’t know if we’re going to see her family, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I just show up and then I say the words,” Tyler joked as Reed and reporters laughed.
As for whether Tyler believed Season 5 Lana is shaping up to be a good mother, Tyler laughed and emphatically stated, “No!”
“I think she’s going to be terrible at it. Of all the people at ISIS she’s the most likely to be an incompetent parent — she’s a relatively confident human being generally but I think she’s too dedicated to work and emotionally a little bit of a cripple,” Tyler said, adding, “I mean, she’s not going to suck as bad as Mallory, so just by comparison she’ll be mom of the year.”
Mallory is not the only deadbeat parent of the show as Archer actor H. Jon Benjamin stepped in to give his two cents on Archer’s “son,” the Wee Baby Seamus, who got tattooed by Archer in Season 2 and then subsequently ignored.
“I’m actually a good absentee father, right? There’s a lot people don’t know about that I do! I write letters to him — I haven’t sent any,” Benjamin joked. “I’m giving the baby a complex so he grows up to be an artist.”
“And an alcoholic,” Tyler said.
Benjamin shrugged. “That too!”
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