Production Begins on the New FX series 'The Americans'

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November 26th, 2012

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PRODUCTION BEGINS ON THE AMERICANS

FX Network’s New Cold War Spy Drama Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys

Slated to Premiere January 2013

 

NEW YORK, November 26, 2012 – Filming on FX’s new drama The Americans, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, has commenced in Brooklyn. The series is slated to premiere January 2013.

 

The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), who have two children – 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati), 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 Philip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent. Stan and his partner, Agent Chris Amador (Maximiliano Hernández), are members of a new division of Counterintelligence tasked with fighting against foreign agents on U.S. soil, including KGB Directorate S illegals, Russian spies posing as Americans.

 

Created and executive produced by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies), a former CIA agent who went on to become an accomplished author, The Americans is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions. Joel Fields and Graham Yost are also executive producers, along with Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

 

About FX Productions

FX Productions co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons Of Anarchy and Justified, and produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, the upcoming comedy Legit, and the late night series BrandX with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. FXP currently has production output deals in place with RCG Productions, the production company of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Executive Producer/Showrunners Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, and Floyd County Productions, the production company of Archer Executive Producer/Showrunners Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. FXP recently announced a cable exclusive, first-look pact with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and their Color Force production company, producers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid feature franchise and The Hunger Games.

 

It was the first POD deal for FX Productions that was not established through a prior existing relationship with the studio.

 

About Fox Television Studios

Fox Television Studios produces scripted and unscripted programming for US broadcast and cable networks, and international broadcasters. In addition to The Americans for FX, the studio produces the hit series Burn Notice, White Collar, and the upcoming Graceland, for USA; and The Glades for A&E, now in production on its fourth season. FTVS also is in production on the half-hour series Maron for IFC, a fictionalized look at the life of comedian and podcast sensation Marc Maron. Other current programming includes the pilot Sirens for USA, written by Denis Leary and Bob Fisher who executive-produce along with Jim Serpico (project is from Leary and Serpico's Apostle and Fox TV Studios), and the original movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony, starring Rob Lowe, which will air in 2013 on Lifetime.

About FX

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series Sons Of Anarchy and Justified; the miniseries American Horror Story: Asylum; the upcoming drama series The Americans (1/13); the acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, BrandX with Russell Brand, and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell; and the upcoming comedy Legit (January 2013). The network’s library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network. FX's other offerings include the acquired hit series Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother, and live sports with UFC and NCAA football.

 
  • tv#1

    I am not really into spy/espionage stuff, but this show kind of sounds good. I may check it out.

  • BagToPunch

    It may be worth watching considering it’s not on the networks.

  • Joshua

    FX getting better each day!

  • Dan S

    If The Americans is of the same quality as their other dramas on FX it should be a winner. Hopefully it won’t go the way of the short lived Terriers which had the misfortune of having a bad name.

  • Andy

    Looks really cool. I have the Homeland/Dexter vibes on it

  • omabin

    Agree with Andy about the dexter/homeland vibe. I will check it out.

  • Nick

    I will check it out. It looks good.

    It does seem similar to Homeland. I’m in the middle of the first season of Homeland, and its just too slow for me. I expected something more.
    I’m hoping this has a faster pace.

  • TVMAN

    Homeland copy cat.

  • DeeAgeaux

    Homeland is very good.

    But this sounds nothing like Homeland.

    Homeland is about a US Marine that is turned and becomes a traitor. His wife knows nothing about him being a traitor and only recently in second season does she find out about his conversion to Islam.

    This is about Soviet spies sent to the US to infiltrate America. They are not traitors, they are Soviet citizens spying on America.

  • Concerned Citizen

    There are definitely some Homeland-ish qualities to the premise, but not enough to make it an outright copycat or something worth dismissing. And considering FX’s track record, there’s more than enough reason to be looking forward to this.

  • merrranga

    “Homeland copy cat.”

    which is itself a copy of Hatufim.

  • cas127

    Now for the really big question – What will Keri Russell’s hairstyle be like?

  • Jeff321

    Love Keri Russell but this sounds like yet another flopper.

  • Jan

    This sounds like a great show but for some reason I NEVER watch anything on Fx. They must be bad about promoting across other channels because the only thing I know about any of their shows is what I see online.

  • Concerned Citizen

    @Jan

    Hope you realize that you’re missing out on some of the best stuff television has to offer, like Louie and Justified.

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