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I like how quickly this show seems to be building out its mythology and expanding themes. Also, I really dig the Santa Claus with the Stalin head in the opening credits. On the other hand, I’m a little worried about how often people get stuck in trunks and the frequency with which the women in this show resort to sex as a primary means of getting what they want. I’m also noticing a pattern that big plotlines tend to not carry over from episode to episode—I’d really like this to change, as well.
The Americans' freshman journey on FX over the past four weeks has been a bumpy rollercoaster ride in the ratings, with enough high points to earn a second season. That’s right, FX has signed on for another round of the spy drama, which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, and Noah Emmerich. The Americans airs on Wednesday evenings and FX announced the news on Thursday, soon after last night’s numbers came in.
Two weeks ago, I would've said that The Americans was good tv, but was missing a little something. Mark my words: by the end of this season, this show will be right up there with Sons of Anarchy as talked-about, appointment television, and it's because of installments like the one we were given last night. "In Control" is an example of super-engaging and challenging television; like Mad Men, it forces the viewer to pay attention and plug in, and gives a rewarding experience if those two criteria are met.
FX seems to be trying to corner the market in a certain type of show; it’s like they’re going for a weird sort of gritty that doesn’t quite have the clout or the seriousness of something you’d find on HBO or AMC. It’s a good thing that I dig it, then; The Americans is growing on me, week by week. With “Gregory,” we start to see where this show might be headed. It crystalizes some of the problems of the last two weeks—namely, the fact that the Jennings were juuuuuuust on the border of being considered unlikable at best and sociopathic villains at worst...
Two weeks ago, The Americans premiere got off to a good start on FX. One week later, however, the show was down 40% in the ratings, which either meant audiences did not really dig the spy drama or people were just too busy to watch episode 2. Luckily, Live+3 ratings have now been accumulated and it seems the culprit was neither of the two solutions mentioned in the prior sentence. Instead, The Americans may have become a DVR favorite.
The big flaw thus far with The Americans is that we still don't have enough background on Philip and Elizabeth; when we watch them do things that are fairly terrible, it's hard, at this point, to be sympathetic. All it does is distance us from them, which isn't a great place to be at two episodes into the series.
FX's new period drama The Americans premiered last night, filling the spot recently vacated by American Horror Story. The series premiere of Joe Weisberg's drama introduced us to Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell's characters Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, two KGB spies working deep undercover, posing as a happy American couple in the early 80's. The premiere episode is now available online, for those of you who missed it. Watch it ahead.
Let's lay it out there quick--The Americans is not a Mad Men-style period piece, all slow burn and tense looks amidst a house-of-cards false identity plot and precise attention to detail. It's also not Homeland, which is full of intelligence/counterintelligence maneuvering wrapped around a subtle romance. This new spy drama has drawn comparisons to both those programs, and it's like comparing apples to kumquats; The Americans, in its premiere this week, has all the subtlety of a brick to the face...
FX is taking it back a few years (or decades) with their new series The Americans, a drama that follows two KGB spies posing as Americans in Washington DC. The pilot episode introduces us to Matthew Rhys and Keri Russells' characters, The Jennings, and over all, the drama gets off to an intriguing and exciting start, offering a glimpse of the potential this series has as we get to know two people working together at a very risky game of pretend.
Next week, FX will debut its newest series, The Americans, a Soviet era spy drama featuring two agents infiltrating suburbia in the U.S. that is executive produced by Justified creator and FX regular Graham Yost. The show has been coming together with promotional materials and casting news for months, now, and with the premiere set for January 30, the network has let loose the opening sequence for the new series.
Between the series set to resume or return with new episodes in the new year and the new comedies and dramas making their debut, there's a lot to keep track of this month. Fortunately, we've been paying close attention to what's on deck to premiere this year, and there are a few shows that are high on our list of anticipated series. Of the new comedies and dramas set to premiere in the next couple of months, these are the shows we're most excited about and hopeful for, ordered by premiere date.
Not-quite-slowly but surely, FX has been releasing teasers and trailers for their upcoming new drama The Americans, and the more I see of it, the more hopeful I am that this will be another fantastic, must-watch FX drama. While that remains to be seen, the latest videos offer an even more intriguing look at the series and Keri Russell's character.
When J.J. Abrams was working on Felicity, he posed the question of what it would be like if the title character were actually a secret spy. This notion eventually lead to the idea that would become Alias, a series that (in its earlier years), focused on a grad school student who led a double-life as a spy.
Margo Martindale has signed on for FX’s new series, The Americans, which will follow two Russian spies posing as Americans living the dream during the 1980s. In Season One, Martindale will join the cast for at least eight episodes, and will be involved in some espionage herself.
FX recently announced the official premiere date for their new series The Americans, and with it, comes an eery new teaser for the intense looking drama, which promotes the late-January premiere date. The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as two KGB spies posing as a happy suburban married couple in Washington DC in the 80s.