FX Picks Up THE AMERICANS, Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys
August 9, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
Has FX found its next great new drama? The network has just ordered THE AMERICANS, starring Keri Russell (FELICITY), Matthew Rhys (BROTHERS & SISTERS) and Noah Emmerich (THE WALKING DEAD).
According to FX’s press release, THE AMERICANS “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 John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks in a statement. “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.”
There’s no start date for the series (which goes into production in October), but it’s expected to bow in early 2013.
Are you excited about THE AMERICANS?