Keri Russell And the Cold War Come to FX in The Americans

January 11, 2013

Known for its edgy programming, FX stays true to form with the new series The Americans, premiering Wednesday, January 30, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Set in the Cold-War era, The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, a married couple with two children living in suburban Washington D.C. For all appearances the Jennings are a normal American family, but they have a secret — Elizabeth and Philip are KGB spies and their family is the result of an arranged marriage. Their 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son have no idea about their parents’ true identity and though the marriage was arranged, it’s becoming more genuine by the day.

Even so, the relationship faces complications. Philip is becoming seduced by American values and the American way of life. Then, there’s the new neighbor who moves in next door, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich). Stan and his partner are members of a new counterintelligence division tasked with fighting against foreign agents on U.S. soil, including Russian spies posing as Americans.

Created and produced by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies), a former CIA agent, The Americans adds to its pedigree with Joel Fields (Rizzoli & Isles, Ugly Betty) and Graham Yost (Justified, Boomtown) as executive producers. Don’t miss the series premiere of The Americans Wednesday, January 30, at 10 p.m. on FX (Ch. 248).

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