FX’s ‘The Americans’ Renewed For Third Season

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 9:05am PDT
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americansFX Networks CEO John Landgraf teased the pending renewal at the company’s upfront presentation last week. The network now has ordered a 13-episode third season half way through Season 2. “The Americans continues be one of the best shows on … Read More »

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FX & FXX To Double Their Original Output, ‘Simpsons’ To Debut On FXX With A Bang, ‘The Americans’ Nears Season 3 Renewal

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 8:34am PDT
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FX_Americans_s640x427FX Networks had been ramping up development, with some dozen pilots ordered in the past year. It is part of a major original expansion. At an upfront press event in New York, CEO John LandgThe Simpsonsraf said the company will go up from 11 originals to 20 across FX and FXX during the next year. FX Networks’ $750 million acquisition, The Simpsons, will make its debut on FXX in August with 12-day marathon. “It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” Landgraf said.

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On the renewal front, a formal third-season renewal of The Americans is expected soon, he said. “We look forward to it being on our schedule for quite some time,” he said, later adding that he was “confident in the [show's] long-term prospect.” While the series’ live numbers may have dipped, it has been a DVR growth story. The Americans‘ DVR numbers are “unlike anything I have ever seen,” Landgraf said. “Live viewing is essentially just 20% of whole.”

Landgraf and his team will wait for the seasons of Legit and Chozen to end before making a decision on their future but that would be coming soon. Landgraf also touted the new season of Louie as being “amazing” and upcoming limited series Fargo as being “so good I can’t close the door” on another installment. “If it comes back, it will once again be located in North Dakota or Minnesota but telling a different story with different characters.” However, “the bar is high, it has to be an extraordinarily good story.”

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UPDATE: FX’s ‘The Americans’ Season 2 Debut Jumps 81% In Live+3 Viewing

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 12:15pm PST

Americans Season 2 Premiere Ratings UPDATE, 12:15 PM: Live+3 Day time-shifted viewing for the Season 2 premiere episode of FX‘s The Americans was significantly higher than that of its series premiere episode and was also the highest Live+3 percentage increase for a second season debut of any FX drama series by a wide margin. Compared to its Live+Same Day delivery, Americans’ second season debut episode vaulted 81% in adults 18-49 (1.57 million, up from 863,000) and 72% in overall audience (3.26 million, from 1.9 million). For comparison sake, last year the series’ unveiling climbed 48% in demo and 44% in total viewers when Live+3 was factored in.
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FX’s ‘The Americans’ Returns February 26

By | Thursday December 26, 2013 @ 9:43am PST

FX_Americans_s640x427Season 2 of FX‘s series The Americans will premiere on Wednesday, February 26 at 10 PM, the cable network said today. Let’s see how those premiere numbers compare with the period spy drama’s series premiere, which drew 5.1 million … Read More »

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‘The Americans’ At NY PaleyFest: Suspicions, Family Secrets And Series Creator’s CIA Regrets

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 6:56pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

The Americans creator/executive Joe Weisberg and executive producer Joel Fields told a PaleyFest: Made in NY crowd tonight that their show’s second season will expand from exploring the marriage of two spies to focus more on their family. FX’s Cold War-era drama, created by former CIA agent Weisberg, stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Soviet intelligence agents posing as an average American couple with two kids. The panel included the two EPs, Russell, Rhys and Noah Emmerich, who portrays the couple’s neighbor, nosy FBI agent Stan Beeman.

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Although the kids are kept in the dark about their parents’ occupation, the first-season finale included the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) snooping into forbidden territory. Following the panel, which was moderated by New York magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, one audience member probed for details about whether Season 2 would spotlight the spy kids. Answered Fields: “I think we can say as much as, last season was the exploration of a marriage [and the news season] would draw a big concentric circle” around that marital unit to include Paige and her 10-year-old brother Henry (Keidrich Sellati). “That moment with Paige is a hint to some of the direction we will go.” Read More »

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PaleyFest Moves Into New York

By | Tuesday September 3, 2013 @ 9:59am PDT

The Paley Center for Media, which has held its annual TV festival in Los Angeles for decades, today announced it’s going to throw one in New York too — but only New York-produced programs need apply. The first … Read More »

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EMMYS: Drama Series Overview

Michael Ausiello is Editor-in-Chief of TVLine.

At a glance, this list of probable contenders for the drama Emmy will look a lot like last year’s. AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad are back. So are PBS’ Downton Abbey, HBO’s Game Of Thrones and, of course, 2012’s winner, Showtime’s Homeland. But also included among the frontrunners this year—as if the broadcast networks didn’t have a hard enough time getting any noms!—is Netflix’s first entry, House Of Cards. How will the wildcard fare against the cablers? While you ponder that question, here’s our assessment of its chances, as well as those of 23 other series and their stars:

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Since FX’s 1980s-set spy yarn is still in its freshman season—and still suffering from comparisons to Showtime’s Homeland—its best bets for nominations are its standout leads, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. But, since neither TV vet has been recognized before by the Emmys, even they are, if not long shots, pretty far-off medium shots.

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Though A&E’s attempt to out-AMC with its moody Psycho prequel has scored big in the ratings, it isn’t the series but rather Oscar-nominated star Vera Farmiga who stands the best chance of receiving a nod.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE
HBO’s Prohibition-era shoot-’em-up had a superlative season. But, since this category is more crowded than a Game Of Thrones cast party—and the show has never generated as much heat as its gangsters have packed—it’s unlikely to eke out a third consecutive nomination. On the other hand, Bobby Cannavale—so good as the year’s Big Bad, Gyp Rosetti—is all but assured a TK nod.

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‘The Americans’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead List Of 2013 TCA Awards Nominees

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 10:34am PDT

FX’s The Americans leads with four nominations for the 2013 TCA Awards and AMC’s Breaking Bad follows with three. NBC’s Parks And Recreation and Fox’s New Girl nabbed two noms each. The awards will be presented on August 3 at the Beverly Hilton. FX leads the network field with seven total noms. Click over for the complete list: Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Americans’ Bumps Trio To Regulars For Season 2

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 10:07am PDT

Annet Mahendru plays Russian spy Nina and Alison Wright portrays FBI secretary Martha on FX‘s series The Americans, which has been renewed for Season 2 and is expected to begin production in the fall. Susan Misner, … Read More »

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‘The Americans’ Cast & Creators Talk Show

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 10:20pm PDT

The fantastic FX show The Americans just wrapped its first season finale, and some of the cast and executive producers sat down on April 26 for a panel discussion at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The entire hour is on this video and contains spoilers. Panelists are Joe Weisberg (executive … Read More »

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Noah Emmerich Set To Play Natalie Portman’s Husband In ‘Jane Got A Gun’

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 8:05am PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Noah Emmerich, whose work as a conflicted FBI agent has been a highlight of the FX Cold War series The Americans, has been set to play the final major lead role in Jane Got A Gun, … Read More »

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FX To Rerun Most Recent Episode Of ‘The Americans’ Online Due To Listings Error

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 7:37pm PDT

FX says it is posting last night’s episode of The Americans on its website because of an error by its publicity department. “The correct listings information was not properly disseminated to television listings services Read More »

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FX Renews ‘The Americans’ For 2nd Season

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 2:13pm PST

Just four weeks into its first season, FX’s Cold War drama The Americans has been picked up for a Season 2 with a 13-episode order. “The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX’s acclaimed drama … Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Americans’ Gets Big Second-Week DVR Bump

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 1:15pm PST

FX’s new Cold War spy drama The Americans saw a significant boost for its second episode with DVR viewership. Live+3 data shows the freshman series’ February 6 airing jumping up 58% in total viewers and among adults 18-49. With … Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Americans’ Ratings Plummet In Second Week

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 1:55pm PST

After coming out strong, FX’s new series The Americans suffered a harsh ratings body blow last night. The Eighties-era spy series was down almost 40% Wednesday from its premiere a week ago. The one-hour episode of The Read More »

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FX’s ‘The Americans’ Premiere Pulls 3.22M Viewers

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 1:16pm PST

The nearly two-hour premiere of The Americans on FX Wednesday bested the debuts of American Horror Story and Sons Of Anarchy. The new FX series pulled in 3.22 million viewers in its 10 – 11:38 PM debut last night. That’s better than the 3.18 million who watched American Horror Story’s October 5, 2011 premiere on the network. The Americans also beat the 2.3 million who watched American Horror’s season finale last week in the same time slot. The new series garnered 1.57 million viewers among the Adult 18-49 demographic, better than SOA did in its debut with 1.55 million in the demo. Over its premiere and two encores last night, The Americans had a total viewership of 4.7 million. Read More »

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ITV In Deal For FX’s ‘The Americans’; Fox International Nabs AMC’s ‘Low Winter Sun’

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 9:35am PST

FX‘s new Cold War series The Americans premieres Stateside on January 30. In the UK, ITV has just made a two-year commitment to the period drama that stars Keri Russell and … Read More »

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‘Americans’ Creator Pulls From Personal Experience As Former CIA Agent: TCA

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 1:30pm PST

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

What was it like to be a KGB spy posing as a suburban American at the height of the Cold War? This is the question at the heart of the new FX period drama The Americans, which was rolled out for critics during the FX panel at TCA before lunch. The hour stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as KGB operatives posing as an American couple with two kids and living in Washington, D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan’s election as President in 1981. It’s inspired by the real-life story that broke in 2010 about sleeper Russian agents who had infiltrated American society and ultimately were exposed. “That was absolutely the inspiration for the show,” noted creator and exec producer Joe Weisberg, who was himself a CIA agent from 1990-94. “I got a call from DreamWorks TV about trying to create a TV show from that event.” He said it wasn’t really going anywhere until those involved hit on the idea of setting it in 1981 during rising Cold War tensions, “a time when we were really enemies with that nation” following Reagan’s declaration of it as the “Evil Empire.” It’s only really now that a story like this could be woven with potentially sympathetic Soviet characters… We want you to root for the KGB,” Weisberg emphasized. “Enough time has passed where people are willing to look with their hearts and try to understand,” he said. “By the same token, trying to tell the story of al-Qaeda now would would be impossible. It’s just too soon.”

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‘Justified’ & ‘The Americans’ A Juggling Act For FX’s Graham Yost: TCA

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Following today’s TCA session on FX’s Justified, showrunner and executive producer Graham Yost spoke about how he planned to juggle duties on Justified and his role as an executive producer of new FX series The Americans, which would be the subject of the following panel.

“It hasn’t been that hard, it has certainly been more work but it has been great”, Yost said. “My involvement with The Americans is, I talk to Joe Weisberg [creator and executive producer] and [executive producer] Joel Fields all the time”, said Yost. “I read the outlines and give them notes, I read the scripts and give them notes, I read the cuts and give them notes.”

Added Yost: “Sometimes I’ll weigh in on casting, but basically that’s my involvement”. He described himself as a good sounding board because of his long relationship with FX.

Actress Margo Martindale, who won an Emmy for her role on Justified even though her character was killed, now has a role in The Americans. Yost was asked jokingly whether The Americans is where characters that die on Justified will go to resurrect. Read More »

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