What happens when suave spy Sterling Archer meets his hero, Burt Reynolds?
Sadly, his hero isn't terribly impressed, if this exclusive sneak peek at "The Man From Jupiter" is any indication.
"Archer" returns Thursday on FX, alongside the new animated comedy "Unsupervised," which comes from members of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's" creative team. But the main attraction when it comes to this Thursday's animated comedies is Burt Reynolds voicing himself on "Archer," an event that the show's creator, Adam Reed, discussed in depth in this story and podcast.
Sterling Archer, who is normally quite cool and blase, is transformed into an over-eager fan boy by Reynolds' presence, and babbles excitedly about the mustachioed one's film resume -- when the super-spy is not accidentally putting both of them in harm's way, that is. Reynolds is suitably cool and collected, even when an increasingly insane car chase makes the delightfully droll comedy start to recall "Smokey and the Bandit's" wilder moments.
Reynolds isn't the only notable guest star stopping by "Archer" this season: Last week, the Huffington Post broke the story that "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston would be appearing in the show's two-part season finale as an astronaut who enlists the help of the Isis team. Jack McBrayer and Michael Rooker will also be part of the new season.
"Archer" is one of the most dependably amusing comedies on the air, so if you haven't yet checked it out, give it a whirl. And for more from Adam Reed on what's to come this season, check out the Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, which is available available here and on iTunes.
"Archer" returns to FX for with its third season on Thurs., Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. EST. "Archer" footage courtesy of FX Networks.
Note: If you want to snag some cool "Archer" swag, check out the Swag for Charity auction on Ebay. Today we're kicking off an auction for a pretty snazzy Isis gift pack, which includes the new book "How to Archer," plus Seasons 1 and 2 of the show on DVD. And we've got dozens of other items from "House," "Buffy," "Firefly," "Chuck" and many other shows in the auction as well. One hundred percent of the proceeds of the Swag for Charity eBay sales go to the Haitian medical charity Partners in Health.