Keri Russell's 'The Americans' picked up by FX
FX has picked up its pilot "The Americans" to series, ordering 13 episodes of the drama about a married couple ( Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) who live in suburban Washington, D.C., during the Reagan years -- and who are KGB spies. Production will start in the fall for a premiere early next year.
"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," FX president and general manager John Landgraf says.
Russell ("Felicity," "Waitress") and Rhys ("Brothers & Sisters") will play Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings, a seemingly normal couple with two kids who are in fact running a network of Soviet spies and informants in Washington during the 1980s. Their kids don't know what they do, and their job gets even more complicated when they discover their neighbor Stan ( Noah Emmerich, "White Collar," "Warrior") is an FBI agent who works in counterintelligence.
Joe Weisberg, a former CIA officer-turned-author and writer for TNT's "Falling Skies," created the show and will executive produce with Graham Yost ("Justified") and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of DreamWorks TV. Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior") directed the pilot.