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FX Orders Thirteen Episodes of Cold War Series 'The Americans'

At this summer's Television Critics Association press tour, FX noted that it had worked hard to build a solid comedy block before turning to focus on drama. The network certainly has a sizeable block of great comedy, including Louie, Archer, Wilfred, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Anger Management, and The League, but it also has some of television's best dramas -- just less of them. Justified, Sons of Anarchy, and American Horror Story are the only dramas still running on the network. Luckily, FX is now working to fix that. The network just ordered a thirteen-episode first season of a new series, titled The Americans.

The series is a period piece set during the Cold War, that focuses on two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC. Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) have an arranged marriage as part of their mission, which has yielded two normal children. The marriage "grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control." The fact that the family's new neighbor, Stan (Noah Emmerich) is an FBI agent working for counterintelligence only adds to the tension.

It sounds like a really dark sitcom, doesn't it? But, despite the potentially humorous elements, FX maintains that the show is dramatic. "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 line-up of quality dramas," said FX president John Landgraf in a statement, before seemingly being unable to hold himself back from making a Star Wars reference. “We’re equally excited to welcome Graham Yost’s talented young Padawan Joe Weisberg as Creator/Showrunner. He joins a long line of gifted writer/producers who have taken their first shot at greatness on FX.”

is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Phillip (Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell), who have two children who know nothing about their parents true identity, grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan (Emmerich), an FBI agent working in counter intelligence. “We’re proud to welcome The Americans, a taught series that crackles with incredible performances rooted in character perspectives never explored on a U.S. television series, to FX’s line up of quality dramas,” said FX president Landgraf. “We’re equally excited to welcome Graham Yost’s talented young Padawan Joe Weisberg as Creator/Showrunner. He joins a long line of gifted writer/producers who have taken their first shot at greatness on FX.”

The series will be run by Weisberg, while Justified showrunner Graham Yost (pictured) will serve as executive producer.

The Americans does not yet have a premiere date.


Details
Show:
- The Americans (2013)
Person:
- Graham Yost
Network:
- FX

Written by: mcpherson
Aug 9th, 2012, 3:22 am

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