Aug 10, 2012

Tradecraft: Cold War Spy Show The Americans Goes to Series at FX

There were so many spy pilots this past season, and the major networks didn't end up picking up any of them. (Fox alone passed on two!) Well, at least there's hope for espionage fans on basic cable. Deadline reports that FX has picked up the Joseph Weisberg/Graham Yost Cold War spy pilot The Americans with a 13-episode order. That's great news, because this (closely followed by Weisberg's other one) was the spy show I was most looking forward to out of the whole batch! Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell play the Jennings, a pair of deep-cover Soviet spies in the 1980s who are not actually American at all, but Russians posing as a suburban American family complete with children. Noah Emmerich (Fair Game) plays the couple's new neighbor, an FBI counterintelligence agent suspicious of the Jennings. Weisberg (author of An Ordinary Spy) and Yost (author of Spy Tech) both executive produce, with Weisberg serving as showrunner. Gavin O'Connor directed the pilot. According to the trade blog, production will begin in October for a premiere early next year.

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