The critically-acclaimed drama The Americans has been given a 13-episode order for season two by their home network FX.
The series that stars Keri Russell (‘Felicity’), Matthew Rhys (‘Brothers & Sisters’) and Noah Emmerich (‘White Collar’) is set in 1981 just after Ronald Reagan is elected president, focusing on the complex marriage of two KGB spies (Russell and Rhys) posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. with Emmerich playing an FBI agent suspicious of his new neighbors.
John Landgraf, President and General Manager at FX Networks, had this to say about the renewal announcement, “The Americans has quickly established itself as a key part FX’s acclaimed drama line-up. 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”.
The series premiere of ‘The Americans’ was the most-watched debut of any FX series ever with 5.1 million total viewers; and through three weeks (which is how long the series has been on thus far), it has averaged 3.6 million viewers.
In celebration of the second season renewal, FX will air a marathon of episodes, showing the first five episodes back-to-back on Friday, March 1 starting at 10 PM.
The next new episode of the debut season of ‘The Americans’ will air on Wednesday, February 27 at 10/9c.