‘The Americans’ Renewed For Season 2

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FX has renewed the KGB spy drama The Americans for a 13-episode second season, following high ratings for the January premiere and remarkable DVR growth throughout its first month on the air. Network president and GM John Landgraf reported to The Hollywood Reporter that “The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part of FX’s acclaimed drama lineup. Executive producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost and their collaborators are telling riveting and deeply emotional stories, and the performances of Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and the entire cast are simply outstanding. The show is truly worthy of its widespread critical acclaim, and we are confident that its quality will continue to yield a robust and passionate audience.”

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The Americans’ pilot episode pulled in a total of 5.11 million viewers, a network record for a series debut. With significant DVR growth, the first three episodes jumped a respective 44 percent, 58 percent and 68 percent. The series, set during the 1980s, centers on a couple living in Washington, D.C. They appear to be a typical couple, even to their own children. However, they are deep-undercover KGB spies trying to infiltrate the U.S. during the Cold War. Critical reception for The Americans has been overwhelmingly positive.

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“We’re very grateful to John Landgraf, Nick Grad, Eric Schrier and everyone at FX for their unwavering support of our show,” said Weisberg. “We’re thrilled to be able to continue writing stories for such an incredibly talented cast led by Keri, Matthew and Noah. This has been an amazing experience for me, and it couldn’t have happened without the tireless efforts of our cast and crew. We appreciate the support of the audience, and we believe they have a lot to look forward to the rest of this season.”

“We couldn’t have made it happen without the constant support of Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank at Amblin TV, David Madden at Fox Television Studios and Eric Schrier at FX Productions and their wonderful teams as well,” added Fields.


The Americans episode 1.5 “COMINT” airs Wed. Feb. 27 at 10/9C on FX