The Americans: Cast, Producers on Season 2′s 'Shocking' (and Spoilery) Sex Scene

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THE AMERICANS -- Safe House -- Episode 9 (Airs Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 pm e/p) -- Pictured: (L-R) Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings, Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings -- CR: Craig Blankenhorn/FXThe 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.

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“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.”



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Comments (17)

  • Am I the only one who was wishing that the Millers would get axed so that Claudia would be back full time?

    Comment by Sean – January 14, 2014 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Far from it.

      Comment by Superhero – January 14, 2014 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I dislike her.

        Comment by Big Mike – January 14, 2014 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AGREED

      Comment by TL – January 14, 2014 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, you are not the only one. But as long as she still gets to make appearances I guess the Millers can stay.

      Comment by April – January 14, 2014 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It wasn’t like she was in every episode to begin with. I like her in the Millers and hope they get a renewal. I’m sure they’ll be able to work around her schedule. She’s a great actress!

    Comment by Linda – January 14, 2014 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You know Margo Martindate is GOOOOD when the article is about a threesome with two hot thirtysomethings and all the comments are discussing whether or not the show can get a middle-aged actress more screentime….

    Comment by spmsmith – January 14, 2014 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • BINGO

      Comment by TL – January 14, 2014 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Love it! I’m still bitter and resentful that they killed her character off on Justified.

      Comment by Diane – January 15, 2014 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Margo!!! Want to see more of her.

    Comment by Sarah – January 14, 2014 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The actors and storyline has been great. I really don’t think they need more graphic sex scenes. I disliked that in the first season. It was a bit too much and story could be told the same. Less is more. IMO

    Comment by JBC – January 14, 2014 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So there are three people in the sex scene? Hmm. That’s more than EW reported about the show

    Comment by Patrick Maloney – January 14, 2014 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please let it be Paige walking in on her parents. Too funny!

    Comment by Holly – January 14, 2014 04:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i cant believe you were right!!

      Comment by mdospecgs – March 1, 2014 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Matthew Rhys is not hot

    Comment by SM – January 15, 2014 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait for Season 2! I’m so glad to hear that Claudia will be back.

    Comment by Mikael – January 15, 2014 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a former fan of Smallville the mention of a sex scene between characters named “Martha” and “Clark” fills me with disgust.

    Comment by RichieS – January 15, 2014 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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