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Archer becoming a private investigator, moving to L.A. in new season

The Figgis Detective Agency is open for business

The creative team behind FX's popular Archer are shipping the playboy spy and his group of misfit colleagues to the West Coast.

Speaking with Uproxx, producers Casey Willis and Matt Thompson said they wanted to incorporate Archer's obsession with Magnum P.I. into the show, and thought having him essentially become his hero by becoming a private investigator would be a fun way to go about it.

In fact, the first trailer for the upcoming season was a shot-for-shot remake of Magnum P.I.'s opening, giving fans a look into what they could expect out of the new season. A comparison can be seen in the video below.

According to Thompson, there are going to be some big changes on the show that don't just include the team's uproot to Los Angeles. One of the biggest, however, will be that lowly accountant turned sometimes secret agent Cyril Figgis will now be Archer's boss.

In order to own and operate a licensed private detective agency, the person applying for the certification must have either 2,000 hours of private detective work in the bank or a law degree, according to federal law. Since Cyril is the only one with a law degree, he's in charge of running the business, appropriately named Figgis Detective Agency.

Thompson said that having Cyril as his boss is something that Archer can't really come to terms with and will be a main source of contempt for the former spy and hilarity for the audience.

The producers also confirmed that the show would continue its tradition of bringing big name stars into various episodes, with J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele) joining the cast near the beginning of the season.

Patton Oswalt, Jon Daly and Jon Glasser are also confirmed for the new season, while Thompson said they're working on bringing Tom Selleck — another hero of Archer's — into the show, but there's nothing concrete just yet.

The seventh season of Archer premieres on March 31 on FX.

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