'Archer' Drops ISIS As Name Of Fictional Spy Organization

"Archer" will no longer center around the fictional spy agency ISIS due to fears from FX that it will be associated with the very real terror group.
Posted at 7:37 PM, Oct 11, 2014

The most notoriously inept spy agency on television has lost its name to the real-life terror group ISIS.

For the past five seasons, FX's "Archer" has centered around the horribly mismanaged spy group known as the International Secret Intelligence Service or ISIS, but that name has apparently been written out of the show for fear of being associated with the terrorist group. 

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"Archer" creator Adam Reed explained that he and FX had been considering a change for a while as ISIS's notoriety continued to grow. 

He told The Daily Beast, "We were waiting for it to go away—at least I was. 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.'"

No such luck.

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Although it's nothing compared to the actual lives lost at the hands of the radical militants, the FX comedy's change-up is the latest example of the cultural impact ISIS' notoriety has had.

There was a mobile wallet app that was, until recently, named ISIS. It rebranded itself as Softcard

There is also a cafe in England that is working on re-naming itself out of respect for British aid worker Alan Henning, who was murdered by the group. 

Now the fictional spy agency in "Archer" will be folded into the CIA and Reed has said the name will not be said again on the show. The next season of Archer premieres in January. 

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