"Archer" takes aim

If Thursdays are meant for laughs -- they are, really -- then why stops at 10 p.m.?

Wise viewers start with CBS' "Big Bang Theory," then switch to NBC for three more comedies. There's more tonight, though, with the season-opener of the animated "Archer" at 10, with Burt Reynolds as guest star; here's the story I sent to papers:



Even Hollywood people can be impressed
by some celebrities – especially ones who have had movie stardom
... and a museum.

So there is “Archer,” the animated
comedy adventure, opening its season with a guest star. “I couldn't
get over the fact that I was sitting in a room with Burt Reynolds,”
said producer Adam Reed.

Reed visited Reynolds in Florida, to
record the dialog. “We went to the museum,” he said.”I got to
touch the 'Deliverance' canoe.'”

Yes, a Burt Reynolds Museum was
established in the actor's home town of Jupiter, Fla., complete with
the canoe from “Deliverance” and lots of posters and pictures and
costumes and such. Reynolds, 75, seems to fit easily into this show.
After all, “Archer” has:

– A wild, adventure flair –
something Bond-like, maybe Burt-like.

– A mixture of ages. George Coe, 82,
plays Woodhouse, a butler Coe describes as “a more sympathetic
character, a person who's more rooted in reality and hard drugs.”
Jessica Walter, 70, plays Sterling's mom and boss and (in the opener)
Reynolds' lover.

“I'm still basking in the fact of
being considered a younger person when (Coe) was speaking,” Walter
said. “That hasn't happened in a while.”

She rules a staff of adventurers.
Sterling has an authoritative voice – “it's the sound of a hero,”
said H. Jon Benjamin, who plays him – and a self-confidence that's
rarely justified.

Then there's Lana Kane. In the
tradition of animated heroines, she has talent, skill and large

“How can she stand at this point?”
askd Aisha Tayler, who plays her. “She's going to die like a turtle
on her back, suffocating under the weight of her own breasts.”

Or not. In the animated-adventure
world, characters rarely die. They keep finding adventures, romance
and, at times, Burt Reynolds.

--”Archer,” 10 p.m. Thursdays, FX

--The Burt Reynolds episode opens the
season Jan. 19. It repeats at 11:01 p.m. and 1 a.m., also, a week
later at 12:30 a.m.