Jessica Walter, 1941-2021

Jessica Walter, the actress known for her roles in Archer and Arrested Development, has passed away. She was 80 years old.

Jessica Walter, the Emmy-winning actress best known as boozy matriarch Lucille Bluth on “Arrested Development,” died Wednesday. She was 80. No cause of death was given, but Deadline reported that she died in her sleep.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” Walters’ daughter, Brooke Bowman, told Deadline. “A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off. While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre.”

Sixty years of work, and she was great in almost everything.

Walter, who won a 1975 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for the NBC drama “Amy Prentiss,” was nominated for an Emmy for her “Arrested Development” role in 2005, as well as for parts in TV series including “Trapper John, M.D.” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Walter, who voiced domineering spy agency head (and difficult mother) Malory Archer in the FXX animated series “Archer,” is also remembered for roles in films including Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut, “Play Misty for Me.” Her first movie part was in the 1964 flick “Lilith,” which also starred Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman and Jean Seberg.

I’ll always remember Jessica as Malory Archer, and while most of that cast was truly hilarious, Malory was far and away the funniest character in the series. Rest in peace, Jessica. Thank you for all the laughs.

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Crazy Eights

Archer, arguably the funniest comedy of all time, begins its eighth season tonight, and like Season 5’s “Archer Vice,” this premiere goes off the beaten path. While looking for articles about the upcoming season, I ran into the same issue plaguing Archer Vice; namely, every critic was panning it before the season even aired.

In my opinion, the critics were wrong about AV, so I have no doubt they will be wrong about “Dreamland.” Not for nothing, but I refuse to take the opinions of Vox and Collider very seriously. I do, however, trust series creator Adam Reed. Even Archer’s occasional misses are far better than anything coming out of Hollywood these days, so you’ll forgive me if I tell the critics to eat a buffet of dicks.

The season premiere begins tonight at 10pm on FXX.

Out With A Bang

Archer Double IndecencyArcher, still easily the funniest show on television, ended its seventh season last night with a bang.

*phrasing*

The circumstances surrounding the season finale has some wondering if the series will return for an eighth season, and I am certainly praying for a return. There are only so many anti-psychotic medications I can take before my brain melts. Like season six’s Archer Vice, the series went in an entirely different direction this season, while still maintaining the hilarity we’ve come to expect. This season’s funniest episode – by far – was Double Indecency, where the men and women cast members raced to see who could seduce two client’s spouses. The last ten minutes include the funniest bar fight in recorded history, and I had to watch the show twice more to catch all the gags.

Archer is, and always has been, a show focused upon a group of snarky, dysfunctional, sarcastic people who spend more time ripping each other than they do living their respective lives. It resonates with me because, as a horrible person myself, I could easily fit into that despicable clique.

Here’s hoping a season eight is in the works.

Because That’s How You Get Ants!

Archer Vision Quest

Archer, the funniest show on television – EVER – begins its seventh season tonight at 10pm (EDT) on FX. I assume you will all be watching, since I have gleefully pimped this show for seven freakin’ years. If you haven’t listened to me by now, you can just go to Hell!

Those who remember the season known as Archer Vice already know that the animated series Archer is no stranger to changing formats – and it seems that the show will once again be heading in a new direction for its seventh year of existence. We know this because creator Adam Reed announced at San Diego Comic-Con this afternoon that the program is going to be “refreshing” in its upcoming episodes, and introducing a whole lot of new elements for our favorite super spies to play with.

Archer went in an entirely new direction in season five, and while that would normally be the death knell of a show, Archer actually became even more entertaining. I have every confidence this season will be no different. Now seriously, watch the season premiere tonight. For realsies. Or I’ll rub…sand…in your dead little eyes.

I also need you to go buy sand.

I don’t know if they grade it, but… coarse.