Archer has officially dropped ISIS – the name of the show’s fictional spy agency – because there is a new, terrorist ISIS in real life.
The FX animated series have been using the name for years to describe International Secret Intelligence Service – the main spy agency of the show. But now the real ISIS – Islamice State of Iraq and Syria – is in town, and the show wants nothing to do with it.
‘We won’t say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show,’ executive producer Matt Thompson told The Daily Beast. ‘It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it.’
He continued, ‘There were people online saying that we should address it and say, “Oh, I can’t believe these guys have co-opted our name.” That’s the way South Park would do it, coming after them and saying, “These a**holes stole our name,” but that’s not the way the Archer universe works, where it’s all our own creations. In our universe, they don’t exist.’
The premiere episode of the show’s upcoming season will reveal that the spies now work for the CIA … and it will show the ISIS sign being removed and replaced with the CIA logo.
The show’s creator Adam Reed added, ‘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.’
Unfortunately for Reed, terrorist ISIS is still making headlines … and so the decision to drop the name pulled through. However, ISIS will not be erased in the first five seasons of the show. It will simply not be used in the upcoming season 6.