The Americans cast and producers had sex on the brain at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Tuesday — specifically an explicit (and rather spoilery) scene from the Feb. 26 Season 2 premiere involving Philip, Elizabeth and another character who shall remain nameless.
“We wanted to depict the most powerful, shocking and mildly humorous [sequence possible],” exec producer Joe Weisberg told reporters (in front of a red-faced Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell). “We actually talked a lot about that moment and what would be right and what would be true. We discussed every possible [sexual] position.”
Elaborating on the show’s myriad carnal pairings, Russell noted, “The good thing about the sexuality of the show, at least where I’m coming at it from, is that it’s not this big, sweeping romantic movie where you have to be so in love and so beautiful and so sexy. You’re usually using the sexuality, at least in the spy end, to get something. There is kind of a freedom in that.”
Other tidbits from the panel…
* Expect to see a less vulnerable Martha as she embarks upon her relationship with her “husband” Clark. “We were always intrigued by that crazy, insane idea that this fake marriage, could it be good for Martha?” pondered fellow EP Weisberg.
* The producers confirmed that despite her commitment to CBS’ The Millers, Margo Martindale will be back as Claudia for “several episodes.”