'The Americans' Renewed for Season 2 by FX

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February 21st, 2013

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Critically-Acclaimed Drama Starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich

Earns 13-Episode Order for Season Two

Nine All-New Episodes Remain This Season, Airing Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT

With the Season One Finale Scheduled for May 1

FX Schedules The Americans Marathon Featuring the First Five Episodes

Friday, March 1 at 10:00 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 – FX has picked up its critically-acclaimed drama The Americans for a 13-episode second season, it was announced today by John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. The most recent drama to join the network’s coveted roster of hit original series, the renewal comes just four episodes into The Americans freshman season. There are nine all-new episodes remaining in the current season airing Wednesdays at 10:00 PM E/P with the season finale schedule to air on May 1.


Created by Joe Weisberg and starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, the series premiere episode of The Americans was the most-watched debut of any FX series ever with 5.11 million Total Viewers (Live+7, 1/30/13). Through three weeks, time-shifted viewing of The Americans is the highest of any first-year series on FX with weekly gains of +44%, +58% and +63% respectively. On Live +3 basis through three weeks, the series is averaging 3.63 million Total Viewers and 1.87 million Adults 18-49. After declines in each of the previous two weeks, last night’s fourth episode of The Americans rebounded to week two levels posting gains of +46% in Adults 18-34, +22% in Adults 18-49, +64% in Women 18-34, +30% in Women 18-49, and +33% in Men 18-34.


The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX’s acclaimed drama line-up,” said Landgraf. “Executive Producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost and their collaborators are telling riveting and deeply emotional stories and the performances of Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and the entire cast are simply outstanding. The show is truly worthy of its widespread critical acclaim and we are confident that its quality will continue to yield a robust and passionate audience.”


“We’re very grateful to John Landgraf, Nick Grad, Eric Schrier and everyone at FX for their unwavering support of our show,” said Weisberg. “We’re thrilled to be able to continue writing stories for such an incredibly talented cast led by Keri, Matthew and Noah. This has been an amazing experience for me and it couldn’t have happened without the tireless efforts of our cast and crew. We appreciate the support of the audience and we believe they have a lot to look forward to the rest of this season.”

Fields added, “Working with Joe Weisberg, Graham Yost, Josh Brand, Adam Arkin, our writing staff, and the brilliant cast and crew has been a blast and I’m delighted we get to keep doing it. We couldn’t have made it happen without the constant support of Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank at Amblin TV, David Madden at Fox Television Studios and Eric Schrier at FX Productions and their wonderful teams as well.”

In next week’s fifth episode, “Comint” - (Airs February 27, 10:00 PM E/P), a crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants. Professionally, Philip and Elizabeth are tasked with infiltrating the FBI's new communications encryption system while personally they are forced to grapple with one of the darker aspects of life as a spy. (Written by Melissa James Gibson; Directed by Holly Dale)


Set in 1981 just after Ronald Reagan is elected president, The Americans, starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is a drama series about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. Created and Executive Produced by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies), a former CIA agent who went on to become an accomplished author, Joel Fields and Graham Yost are also executive producers, along with Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The Americans is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.

In celebration of the series renewal, FX will air a marathon of The Americans, showing the first five episodes back-to-back on Friday, March 1 beginning at 10:00 PM E/P:

Episode 1 - Pilot - (Airs 10:00 PM – 11:32 PM E/P) - 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 and Elizabeth Jennings grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War. Tensions heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI agent. (Written by Joe Weisberg; Directed by Gavin O’Connor)


Episode 2 - “The Clock” - (Airs 11:32 PM – 12:35 AM E/P) - When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger’s office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate. Stan closes in on a member of the Soviet Rezidentura in an effort to uncover the identities of deep cover Directorate S operatives. (Written by: Joe Weisberg; Directed by: Adam Arkin)


Episode 3 - “Gregory” - (Airs 12:35 AM – 1:36 AM E/P) - Philip and Elizabeth discover that their murdered colleague Robert had a wife they never knew about. As they try to determine what she knows and where her allegiance lies, Stan’s investigation into Robert’s death puts him hot on their trail. (Written by Joel Fields; Directed by Thomas Schlamme)


Episode 4 - “In Control” - (Airs 1:36 AM – 2:36 AM E/P) - When an assassin attempts to kill President Reagan, Philip and Elizabeth scramble to handle the fallout within the KGB. Meanwhile, Stan pressures his source within the Rezidentura to find out if the KGB was responsible for the attempted assassination. (Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; Directed by Jean De Segonzac)


Episode 5 “Comint” - (Airs 2:36 AM – 3:36 AM E/P) - A crucial agent crumbles under emotional distress and threatens to topple a valuable network of KGB informants. Professionally, Philip and Elizabeth are tasked with infiltrating the FBI's new communications encryption system while personally they are forced to grapple with one of the darker aspects of life as a spy. (Written by Melissa James Gibson; directed by Holly Dale)


About Fox Television Studios

Fox Television Studios produces scripted and unscripted programming for US broadcast and cable networks, and international broadcasters. The studio produces the hit series Burn Notice, currently in its sixth season, and White Collar, now in its fourth season, both for USA; and the series The Glades for A&E, currently in season three. FtvS also is in production on Graceland, its new series for USA from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin, and is producing for the network the pilot Sirens, 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). Among the studio's unscripted programming is the competition series The Great Escape for TNT.


About FX Productions

FX Productions produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, and Legit, and the late night series Brand X with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. FXP co-produces the award-winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy and Justified, and the critically acclaimed drama The Americans and the upcoming drama series The Bridge. 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. FXP has a first-look cable deal with Paul Giamatti, Dan Carey and their production company, Touchy Feely Films. FXP is also producing limited series and miniseries for FX and FOX.


About FX

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in nearly 98 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series including Sons of Anarchy, Justified and The Americans; the miniseries American Horror Story: Asylum; and the acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, Legit, BrandX with Russell Brand and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. 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.



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  • Kimberly

    The Americans is spellbinding and “different”. I am so bored by the car chases and shootouts (yawn) that plague other TV shows. Instead we have been treated to four enthralling episodes of intelligent action and intrigue. Thanks to FX for believing in credible mature drama. And wow, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys really have some amazing chemistry happening. Love it!

  • Grimman

    Over-hyped, hell no. Believe that hype. This show rocks.

  • mmogaddict

    An excellent show and congrats on the renewal. Hoping this show gets picked up in Australia, in the meantime I just got to take the ‘other’ approach.

  • Evan

    Interesting that The Americans went up this week. Seems like the show is benefiting from positive word of mouth. This seems like the type of show that can grow in its second season if FX plays their cards right. I’m interested to check the show out, especially now knowing it’s getting a second season.

  • simsalabim

    Great news! Best new drama this season followed by “the following”!

  • CurefortheItch

    Excellent news. Such a great show, definitely my favorite of teh 2012-2013 season.

  • Spartacus 666

    Good stuff . Apparently America is not brain dead exceptfot honey boo boo and duck dynasty crowd

  • Kike Kikerson

    good news, my fave new show by far

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I probably should check this out but I probably won’t because I’m not crazy about spy shows set in the past.

    Also the executive producer is behind Falling Skies, which is mostly drivel.

    And Keri Russell doesn’t overwhelm me.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    But I could be lying, too. :-)

  • marspolarlander

    GOODIE!!!!! This is a great show!!!

  • Janie

    Stealth anti-American crap. Every single episode makes sure to have someone say Reagan was a raving lunatic, while we’re encouraged to rewrite history by believing the repressive Soviet regime was just as worthwhile as sullied America in that whole bogus “even-steven” moral equivalency of the Left. Last night was it for me.

  • Schadenfreude

    It’s sad that people like this derivative drivel, but then I hated Homeland and like Zero Hour (the pilot) so what do I know? :P

  • SlackerInc

    I love this show, so great news…but I do wish they would try harder to keep the anachronistic vehicles and street signs out of exteriour shots.

  • rss34

    Is it that hard for people to understand that this show is supposed to be from the perspective of the Soviets. Having lived through that era (I was young but remember doing the avoid the nuclear blast drills in grade school), and both sides thought the other was nuts and wanted to start WWIII. I can never understand the modern conservative, and why they think every show has to say the USA is the greatest ever. If you want that, go watch 24 (which I like and I’m what you’d call a leftist) and enjoy it and all it’s glory.

  • Herbert Otto

    Congrats to “The Americans” !
    Thanks for the best series in a long time – all networks.
    First time I’ve been willing to sit thru commercials in a long time.
    Keep up the good work, please!

  • Herbert Otto

    Keri Russell is particularly amazing! Low key -convincing.
    Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich are also good.
    The characters begin to be established in the Pilot.
    Russell and Rhys just soar.
    Watching over and over. It holds up solid.
    Great work!

  • Bradley G. Barnett

    Series is original and terrific! I am thrilled to hear of it’s renewal!

  • Russian Professor :)

    Great show! My only concern is that there are only two actors in the show who are capable of speaking real Russian with correct intonations and virtually no accent (the actress who plays the Russian mole and a young kid at the rezidentura.) The rest of the “Russians” really struggle with the language and definitely need a refresher, beginning with Russian 101 :) When Keri Russell pronounced her name as Nady’ezhda – it hurt my ears. Really, FX? You couldn’t hire a quality Native Russian linguist to work with your crew and help them get over this embarrassment? Matthew Rhys has such a potential to really sound like a Russian in those moments when he plays young Philip (his phonetics is all there, just teach him to use it correctly!) Seriously guys – improve your Russian skills and you will be totally awesome!

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