’80s Spy Drama ‘The Americans’ Coming To FX

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 10th, 2012 at 7:29 am,

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Adding to a growing list of anticipated dramas like American Horror Story and Justified, FX is set to tackle its first period drama by announcing an order of the ’80s spy-drama The Americans, with former Felicity star Keri Russell in the lead.

The Americans received a pilot order from the network back in December, but news about the series, or the level of FX’s interest, was fairly scant. Now, however, the network has announced that it will be picking up the series for a 13-episode first season that will likely air sometime next year.

The series takes a sometimes darkly comic look at two KGB spies posing as a normal suburban couple, Phillip (Matthew Rhys, Brothers & Sister) and Elizabeth (Russell), whose mission remains a secret even to their children, but begins to come undone by Phillip’s growing attraction to the American way of life, and the additional pressure of finding out their neighbor, Stan (Noah Emmerich), is an FBI agent working in counterintelligence. The couple must also contend with a progressively more real and intimate relationship, while they navigate the complex web of spies and informants they are responsible for.

The Americans comes from Justified and Falling Skies executive producer Graham Yost and is written by Falling Skies writer Joe Weisberg – who is also a former CIA agent. So far, Weisberg is most well known for his work on TNT’s alien invasion drama, but with his firsthand knowledge of the intelligence community, he stands to breakout with this new series. Yost, meanwhile, has dished out three acclaimed seasons of southern-fried justice with a side helping of dark humor on Justified, making FX eager to have his talents on board this series.

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FX general manager John Landgraff had this to say regarding The Americans:

“We’re proud to welcome The Americans, a taut series that crackles with incredible performances rooted in character perspectives never explored on a U.S. television series, to FX’s lineup of quality dramas.”

By ordering The Americans to series, FX effectively fires the first salvo in what we will call the escalating cold-war-period-drama conflict between the network and HBO. At one point, HBO seemed keen to tell its own 1980s-set tale of KGB spies with a fact-based series tentatively titled Reds. However, the network apparently declined to move forward with that project and has since focused on another spy-drama set in Berlin during the ’60s. That series, The Missionary, has already landed Aaron Paul for his first post-Breaking Bad gig.

The Americans will mark the first lead role in a drama series for Russell since she was on the J.J. Abrams hit Felicity. Since then, Russell has popped up in Abrams’ feature directorial debut, Mission: Impossible III, and was most recently seen on the FOX comedy Running Wilde, opposite Will Arnett.

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Screen Rant will keep you updated as more information and details about The Americans is made available.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter 

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  1. This is great for me because I can’t move beyond that era socially nor politically.

  2. Huge fan of Keri Russell….not sure about the show yet. Also, I have to wonder if FX general manager John Landgraff meant to call this a ‘taut’ series rather than a ‘taught’ series. :)

  3. I’ll check it out mostly because FX has been killing it lately with their scripted shows. Actually not just lately. Starting with The Shield and Rescue Me FX has had a pretty amazing run over the past 10yrs or so.

    • Other than the short-lived boxing series they had a few seasons ago, I completely agree. Even that show was decent, just not the F/X-caliber.

  4. FX?! They suck. This would be better as a XXX.

  5. I like fxs sons of anarchy

  6. “The Americans comes from Justified and Falling Skies executive producer Graham Yost”

    Justified and falling skies are absolute garbage, lets hope this is much better

  7. Oh, it’s one of THOSE kind of dramas… >_> Here I was expecting some alternate reality series where the Soviet empire triumphed in the Cold War and we’d be seeing American-Soviet secret police stomping out dissidence. I’ll give it 6…maybe 8 eps tops before it goes down the tube with other fx dramas like “Over There”…WHICH IT’D NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS HOLD A CANDLE TO!

  8. I watched the pilot and I think this show is great. . Hope FX keeps this show. . My new favorite show

  9. I watched the first part here in Australia, and it looks good!I came from Russia myself and my grandfather has been followed by KGB (called NKVD then) all his life because he was a white army officer in his youth. He was from a peasant family himself, but because he excelled at school, he could choose to study anywhere.. unfortunately he chose a military academy, studying together with the sons of aristocratic and rich families..
    so it doesn’t always pays off to be very smart; :-(
    My grandmother,his wife, Nadia, was on the other hand from the aristocratic family, but she stoically endured the life full of danger with him because she loved him..
    She has written a book about their life, if anyone is interested: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B1Y9898