Network Orders 13 Episodes of New Drama Series Starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich. Series Created by Executive Producer/Showrunner Joe Weisberg and Executive Produced by Graham Yost, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Scheduled to Premiere in Early 2013
FX has placed a 13-episode order for its next drama seriesThe Americans, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. The series begins production in October and is scheduled to premiere in early 2013.
The Americans, created by Joe Weisberg and starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Phillip (Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell), who have two children 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 Phillip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan (Emmerich), an FBI agent working in counter intelligence.
“We’re proud to welcome The Americans, a taught series that crackles with incredible performances rooted in character perspectives never explored on a U.S. television series, to FX’s line up of quality dramas,” said Landgraf. “We’re equally excited to welcome Graham Yost’s talented young Padawan Joe Weisberg as Creator/Showrunner. He joins a long line of gifted writer/producers who have taken their first shot at greatness on FX.”
Weisberg is Executive Producer/Showrunner, alongside Executive Producer Graham Yost. Gavin O’Connor directed the Pilot episode ofThe Americans. Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of DreamWorks Television are Executive Producers of The Americans. Falvey and Frank initially approached Weisberg about writing a piece set in the final years of the Cold War, spurred by the FBI’s arrests of multiple KBG sleeper agents living in the northeastern U.S. in the summer of 2010. The Americans is co-produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.
The Americans marks Keri Russell’s first leading role in series television since her successful run in Felicity, for which she won a Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama. She has gained wide acclaim for her performances in the feature films Waitress and The Upside of Anger. Matthew Rhys most recently starred as Kevin Walker in the ABC drama seriesBrothers and Sisters. Emmerich has a long list of successful film and television credits, and he co-starred in Miracle and Warrior, both directed by O’Connor.
Weisberg previously worked for the CIA and went on to become an accomplished author. He then moved into television, becoming a writer on TNT’s hit series Falling Skies.