Word Balloon: ARCHER's Neal Holman on Animated Spies
On this episode of the Word Balloon podcast, a conversation with Neal Holman, the Art Director of the FX Network animated series Archer, which airs Thursday nights at 10 E/P .
Archer follows the misadventures of a slick secret agent played by E Jon Benjamin (“Yoda” & the video store manager on Family Guy) , his domineering spymaster mother Jessica Walters (Play Misty For Me, Arrested Development) , and fellow co-workers including Aisha Tyler (Friends, Balls Of Fury) Judy Greer (Arrested Development, 13 Going On 30) and Chris Parnell (SNL, Anchorman, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story).
The show was conceived by Adam Reed, who also co-created Sealab 2021 & Frisky Dingo. Holman has worked on all three shows, starting as an intern on Sealab 2021, and working his way up the ranks on those projects and more for Reed & Matt Thompson’s production company Floyd County.
You’ll hear about the evolution of the series, and its ties to the former shows. Plus Neal gives us a rundown of what to expect from the next 7 episodes.
Says Holman, “Thursday’s guest star is Jeffery Tambour (who also played Walters' husband on Arrested Development). He's a UN Intel chairman, who Archer's mother is trying to persue on behalf of her spy agency. He shows up in the season finale as well. Ron (Hellboy) Perlman is coming up too...The response to the series so far has been excellent. After an initial 6 episode order, FX green lit a full 10 episode season from us. “