‘Archer’ Drops ISIS Spy Agency Name

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Come January during the sixth season premiere of “Archer,” the show’s central spy agency will no longer be called ISIS.

The creators of the hit FX animated show have eliminated all use of the acronym, which stands for the International Secret Intelligence Service — the name of the show’s underground spy organization — as it’s become increasingly associated with the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

According to The Daily Beast, the season opener shows movers rolling out the circular blue ISIS sign that has been a prominent part of the show’s New York City setting for the past five seasons. The pivotal scene and following dialogue between Malory Archer (Jessica Walter) and her son Sterling (H. Jon Benjamin) — explaining that they now work for the CIA — was added after the original version of the episode screened at San Diego Comic-Con.

“We were waiting for it to go away — at least I was,” creator Adam Reed told The Daily Beast. “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.”

However, they didn’t remove the logo or mentions of ISIS from previous seasons of the show.

“We won’t say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show,” exec 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.”

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  1. Why should they change? The terrorists are the ones who suck. Make ISIS change their acronym to Pissed-off Islamists Sucking in Syria so they can take the P.I.S.S.

  2. allen says:

    As if changing the name to CIA is much better or uncoincidental. The CIA created ISIS

  3. Larry says:

    I think this is a really bad decisions, when you are the original ISIS! To bad the Islami State can’t be sued for copyright infringement. Keep the name! The terrorist are winning bit by bit…nerdrage has the right idea.

  4. Jake says:

    I actually was wondering if this would be the case! Probably a good idea.

  5. mandymarie20 says:

    LAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. scott I says:

    So sad to see you give in to terrorism. This is how they win, forcing us to change who we are. Leave it as is.

  7. Fiona says:

    Bah, it’s a great opportunity to keep the name ans offend ISIS something shocking :D

  8. nerdrage says:

    Aw cmon. What a great opportunity for parody. They could have a running joke about how they’re being pressured to change their name, but Mallory is too stubborn/bitchy/drunk to do it. Archer is the last show I would have suspected would give into political correctness!

  9. therealeverton says:

    In all honesty, it was a long time before my wife, or I, could not go straight to Archer whenever we heard ISIS.

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