Oh Archer you're such a tease. FX' tactical turtleneck sweater wearing spy, Sterling Mallory Archer---code name 'Duchess' with ISIS [International Secret Intelligence Service] agency, is back for a third season of 16 episodes, starting September 15, 2011. A three part story arc whets fans appetites in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th week of September. Then Archer takes a break until January 2012 when it will continue with season 3's remaining 13 episodes.
When season 2 concluded Archer had fallen in love with platinum blonde bombshell and renegade Russian spy Katya Kazanova. Katya saved Archer's life when KGB agents, on orders from Nikolai Jackov, tried to kill him. Nikolai is a former lover of Archer's mother Mallory, and the man Archer believes is his biological father. After rescuing Archer, Katya accompanied him back to the U.S. This raised several issues with Lana, fellow ISIS agent and Archer's ex, and Archer's mother Mallory, head of the ISIS agency. Katya has been flagged as a double agent. Mallory and Lana don't believe her when she says that not only is she not a double agent but that she wants to emigrate to the U.S. and work for ISIS.
Katya is now on the run and Archer is missing. FX will have a tie-in with Archer's lead-in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia when ISIS' satellite link indicates Archer is at Paddy's Pub.
FX' Archer returns for season 3 Thursday September 15, 2011 at 10:30pm eastern/9:30pm central. Please check your local listings.