There are the shows that keep us thinking late into the night and make us wish we had someone to chat with about them around the watercooler the next morning. Hereís to the 8 great shows not nearly enough people are watching. You can check out our picks after the jump.
There are a lot of secrets woven into The Americans' narrative, or at least things that used to be secrets, as the show was created by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg. And itís definitely no accident which elements of the CIAís history come up during the episodes.
This month, the awesome CinemaBlend staff is putting together the lists of the shows we feel have really stood out from the pack in 2014. Everyoneís list is different, so if you donít see you favorites here, be sure to check back in and take a look at our other TV writer and editor best of list that will be hitting the homepage over the next few weeks.
The American has just tapped a high profile actor for its third season. On Thursday, FX revealed that Frost/Nixon actor Frank Langella will be joining FXís intricate Soviet War era spy drama. This time, the American actor wonít be playing an American, at all.
The Americans is action-packed and effective, and with the showís 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 FXís period drama The Americans, but fans of the series certainly havenít, and itís likely that theyíre 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 Instituteís 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 yearís 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 CBSí 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 Recreationís Retta, will be held on June 1, though it wasnít 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, Iím really glad Kevin Spaceyís 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 Americaís 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 thatís not really why any of us tune in; those are subplots (if that, even), and we keep coming back because weíre fascinated by this marriage and the bigger ideas of secrets, lies, and double lies. With that in mindÖ
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, Iím 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. Iím also noticing a pattern that big plotlines tend to not carry over from episode to episodeóIíd 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. Thatís 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 nightís 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.