- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 11, 2014

The creators of FX’s animated comedy spy show “Archer” quietly scrapped ‘ISIS‘ from the show in the sixth season premiere set to air in January.

Creator Adam Reed said the team ultimately made the decision to delete the acronym, which stands for International Secret Intelligence Service, the name of the underground, non-government approved, New York City-based spy agency at the heart of the show, after the rise of the Islamic State group. The fighters in Iraq and Syria are often referred to as ISIS.

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

In the premiere episode, spy matriarch Malory Archer is seen talking on the phone with her son, while in the background movers roll out a large, blue, circular sign with the acronym.

“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 said, adding that the creators decided to remove the name quietly rather than address it on the show.

“It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it. 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 [expletive] 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,” Mr. Thompson told The Daily Beast.

The name will still appear in seasons 1-5, and also appears on some FX merchandise created for the show.

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