FX Picks Up Keri Russell Drama The Americans

The TV Gods have answered our my prayers: Keri Russell is headed back to the small screen.

FX has placed a 13-episode order for The Americans, a Washington DC-based period drama starring the Felicity actress and Brothers & Sisters‘ Matthew Rhys.

The ambitious project, from Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) and Graham Yost (Justified), is set in the early ’80s and centers on two KGB spies, Phillip (Rhys) and Elizabeth (Russell), posing as married Americans in suburban DC. Despite their arranged union, the couple’s bond grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent working in counter intelligence.

“We’re proud to welcome The Americans, a taut 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 FX president John Landgraf in a statement.

This marks Russell’s first full-time series gig since the cancellation of her short-lived Fox comedy Running Wilde two years ago.



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  1. Sam says:

    YEESSSSS!!! There hasn’t really been a bad FX drama yet.

  2. rodo says:

    awesome, love to see matthew rhys on my tv. I still miss brothers and sisters

  3. kikay says:

    Sooo great. looking forward to seeing Matthew and Keri on TV again. such wonderful actors

  4. Amy says:

    This sounds amazing and like FX will be a good home for the project. Looking forward to seeing this!!!

  5. TMW says:

    This was a no-brainer.

    The FX president needs to learn how to spell “taut,” though.

    • Kate says:

      Unless they have done some editting since your comment, “taut” is correct:

      taut[ tawt ]
      adjective taut·er, taut·est.
      1. tightly drawn; tense; not slack.
      2. emotionally or mentally strained or tense: taut nerves.
      3. in good order or condition; tidy; neat.

  6. adam says:

    “period drama”…set in the 80s…wait what?

    • Mína says:

      “Twas the year 1983, a much simpler time, for unleaded gas went for $1.20 a gallon…”

    • sam says:

      i am guessing too it is their version of that series on showtime……but with russian spies and the new fbi neighbor will start to think they are spies and will try to prove it.

  7. Kristina says:

    Really excited about this! When will it air?

  8. Mína says:

    MATTHEW RHYS!! I’m so grateful, Television God

  9. soarin829 says:

    Yesssss!!!!!!!!!! KERI RUSSELL, I LOVE YOU!!

  10. E says:

    Keri Russell is one of the greatest actors of our time. Good move FX.

  11. cjeffery7 says:

    oooh la la! i like the sound of that!

  12. fan8 says:

    Joe Weisberg, Graham Yost, Keri Russel and the ’80s?! OMG! It’s a must watch!

  13. Lorie says:

    Sounds like a ‘must-see’ show. Can’t wait! Plus, I missed Matthew Rhys.

  14. Superhero says:

    The premise has enough similarities to Homeland to pique my interest and enough differences to maintain it. Plus, FX gives us quality programming more often than not. So I’ll definitely be watching.

  15. Lauren says:

    YES! This looks awesome. Love those actors!

  16. tdoa says:

    to each his own of course, but ANYTHING with the name Ryan Murphy attached and I’m there like white on rice!

  17. Eliza says:

    I will always love Keri Russell.

  18. A says:

    Will definitely check this one out!

  19. hexose says:

    This should be interesting. Also interested to see what they do with the fashion, the 80s had some outrageous ones…

  20. Natalie says:

    Sounds pretty amazing. I’ll definitely be checking it out!