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Keri Russell Gets Her Man for FX Spy Drama ‘The Americans’

Matthew Rhys - Keri Russell
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Well, if we wanted to split hairs about the new man in Felicity Keri Russell’s life, we might have to contend that Scott Speedman and Scott Foley were just a little bit cuter. But hey, this is a different time… Where previously it was announced that Keri Russell would be returning to TV once more to take the lead role in new retro-espionage drama on FX, now we know the other half of the KGB pair set to learn America’s deepest secrets from within.  Former ‘Brother and Sisters’ star Matthew Rhys will take the male lead in FX’s ‘The Americans,’ the upcoming intelligence period piece created by Joe Weisberg (‘Falling Skies’), and executive-produced by ‘Justified’ show-runner Graham Yost.

As reported, ‘The Americans’ takes place in the early 1980s, following Russell as Elizabeth Jennings, one half of a KGB-arranged marriage planted within suburban Washington D.C., and increasingly tested by the Cold War’s escalation, and the “dangerous and darkly funny” relationships they maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control.  Along the way, spies Elizabeth and Philip Jennings (Rhys) find their fake relationship growing more passionate and genuine on a daily basis.

Additionally complicating the relationship between the pair is Phillip’s growing appreciation for American values and lifestyle, as well as the couple’s two children, who have no idea of their parents double-lives

‘The Americans’ marks the first regular series role for Russell since 2010′s short-lived ‘Running Wilde,’ and the first for Matthew Rhys since the five-year run of ‘Brothers and Sisters.’

Do you think FX has what it takes to make an ’80s-era spy drama work within the context of their edgy programming, or is the show as ill-fated as the Cold War itself?? At the very least, will you at least tune in to see ‘Felicity’ give her best Russian accent?  Hit us with your secret communiqués, and tell us what you want to see from ‘The Americans’ in the forms below!

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