The Americans is action-packed and effective, and with the show’s Blu-ray and DVD releases headed into homes next week, we wondered exactly how the cast and crew were able to make the spy tactics seem so real. Luckily, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has extended us an excellent exclusive clip that addresses just that.
2013 has been a great year for television, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As TV Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in TV shows, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 5 lists of the best series of 2013. This is Jessica's list, which begins with...
The Hollywood Foreign Press may have overlooked FX’s period drama The Americans, but fans of the series certainly haven’t, and it’s likely that they’re eager to know when the show will be back for the second season. FX announced this week that Season 2 of The Americans will debut February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The American Film Institute’s official selections for the 2013 AFI Awards have been announced, and the television selection proves that 2013 was a truly stellar year for the small screen. The list, which includes 10 of the year’s most outstanding television series as well as 10 equally-as-impressive movies, was selected by a panel of highly impressive judges.
Between this TV season and last TV season, Margo Martindale, the actress who plays KGB handler Claudia, landed a starring role in CBS’ brand new comedy, The Millers. With her new role in mind, it seemed possible the actress might not turn up in the new season of The Americans. This week, however, it was confirmed that Martindale will pull double duty with her new comedy and the drama.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Parks and Recreation’s Retta, will be held on June 1, though it wasn’t stated if or where the ceremony would air. You can see a full list of the nominees below. Beyond my ever-present happiness for a Louie nod, I’m really glad Kevin Spacey’s Netflix turn on House of Cards got its due credit, as well as Tatiana Maslany, who has been outstanding in her multiple role duties on BBC America’s Orphan Black. Who are some of your favorites?
I think one of the big allowances we all need to make for The Americans is that the justifications for some of the missions are always going to be paper-thin, but that’s not really why any of us tune in; those are subplots (if that, even), and we keep coming back because we’re fascinated by this marriage and the bigger ideas of secrets, lies, and double lies. With that in mind…
Six episodes in, and things have gotten complex and deep. This is the episode where things got kicked up a notch, centered around our two big relationships--the Jennings, and then Stan and Nina--with an interesting little side story about Henry and Paige.
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.