When Archer's sixth season premieres in January, things are going to look a bit different.
The creators of the popular FX comedy have decided to drop the name ISIS from the show in light of recent events, reports The Daily Beast. The acronym, which stood for International Secret Intelligence Service, was the name of the show's secret spy organization, but in recent months it has become more closely associated with the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
According to The Daily Beast, the season premiere—which has been slightly edited from the one that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in July, shows movers rolling out the recognizable blue ISIS sign that has been part of the show for the last five seasons.
"We were waiting for it to go away—at least I was," series 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."
The producers will not, however, be removing the name from the first five seasons.
"We won't say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show," executive producer Matt Thompsonexplained to 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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