FX Orders Keri Russell’s ‘The Americans’ to Series
FX has gun-slinging lawmen, altruistic biker gangs, despondently downtrodden comedians and even Charlie Sheen, but now the network can cross yet another archetype off its list: undercover KGB spies. We’d previously heard that Keri Russell could come back to TV in FX’s Cold War-era drama ‘The Americans,’ but now we’re hearing that the series has been picked up for a full order. Just what is the network saying about it, and when will we see the series?
According to Deadline, FX has opted to place a 13-episode order for ‘The Americans,’ a Cold War drama that sees former ‘Felicity’ star Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as undercover KGB agents pretending to be a Washington DC couple at the beginning of the Ronald Reagan administration. The 13-episode run of ‘The Americans’ will begin in early 2013. Says FX’s press release of the series:
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 (Noah 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 US television series, to FX’s line up of quality dramas,” said President and General Manager of FX John Landgraf. The series was created by Joe Weisberg (‘Falling Skies’), and executive-produced by ‘Justified‘ show-runner Graham Yost.
What say you? Do you think FX has another hit on their hands with ‘The Americans,’ or will the series go underground? Give us intel on whether or not you’ll watch in the comments below!