The event will join the fest’s already-announced ‘Nash Bridges’ and ‘thirtysomething’ reunions. ATX Television Festival is setting up more TV show reunions.
The Austin-based fest will host a reunion for Felicity, the late ’90s coming-of-age drama that aired on The WB. Stars Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, Amy Jo Johnson, Ian Gomez and director-producer Lawrence Trilling are are all confirmed to participate in the panel, which will be co-presented by Entertainment Weekly and Hulu. Russell will also be at the festival for her current show The Americans, which will hold a panel with its stars and creators following its series finale.
6×06 – Rififi
A sudden assignment pulls Elizabeth away from her family at a crucial moment. At the FBI, a major development leads Aderholt to approach Stan about an urgent investigation.
– Magazine Scans Rhapsody – April 2018
– Photoshoot Rhapsody – April 2018
Oh my god,” says Keri Russell, hazel eyes wide and mouth agape in shock. “Wow.” Pause. “Holy crap.” She shakes her head and looks up at the ceiling for a moment, doing the math in her head. “Is it?”
Yes, this year really is the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Felicity, the show that rocketed Russell and her mass of curls to stardom when she was just 22. Sitting across from the actress at an Italian restaurant in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge on a foggy February afternoon, I can’t help but think it is a bit of a shock that Russell is 41 now. Her creamy complexion is smooth enough to get her carded (just a few fine lines around the eyes) and she’s just as tiny as she was when Felicity followed Ben across the country to enroll at a New York university. She looks bike-ride ready today in a red-and-white striped linen T-shirt and white jeans, and, although her hair is fairly straight now (she does Keratin treatments, shhh), wisps at her forehead are fighting to curl again on account of the humidity.
Suddenly, a lightbulb moment. “Oh yeah … maybe that’s why they’re asking about a reunion!” she says with a laugh, explaining that she had been invited to this summer’s ATX Television Festival, where, in the past, the casts of Gilmore Girls and Battlestar Galactica came together for much-publicized events. “Huh. That’s crazy.”
You could forgive her for not being aware of such a milestone. Since Felicity’s four-year run—which also helped launch the career of creator J.J. Abrams—Russell has had three kids, appeared in 14 movies, and spent the last five years trying to bring down the U.S. government as an undercover Russian spy on The Americans. Last month brought the sixth and final season of the critically adored FX drama, which has nabbed Russell two Emmy nominations for her role as the fiercely loyal, ruthless KGB operator Elizabeth Jennings—not to mention a baby daddy. After the series’ first season in 2013, she and her on-screen husband, Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, started dating, and in 2016, she gave birth to their son, Sam. (She has two children, River, 10, and Willa, 6, with her ex-husband, Shane Deary.) Continue reading Keri Russell for Rhapsody Magazine
– Episode Stills 6×02 – Tchaikovsky
The FX drama series The Americans has been truly excellent throughout its run, with compelling storytelling and exceptional performances from everyone in the cast. Among many highlights, it’s shown us how good Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are, in their roles as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, KGB spies posing as Americans, it’s allowed us to watch Holly Taylor grow the teenage Paige into a compelling character, as she doubted and questioned what her parents were really up to, and it’s taken us on a roller coaster, as we’ve wondered what the ultimate outcome of the Jennings family could possibly be. The fact that it’s entering its final season is bittersweet, as it’s always sad to say goodbye to such a great TV show, but it’s also exciting to know that the creators were able to write to an ending that they chose and are saying that goodbye on their own terms.
During this interview with Collider, co-stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys talked about how good it feels to end The Americans on a high note, not having had enough time to reflect yet on the series ending, the journey that Elizabeth and Philip will be on this season, and where the family dynamic is headed with Paige, and how emotional it was to read the final episode. Continue reading Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys on Saying Goodbye to The Americans
“Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win.”
— Crowded House “Don’t Dream It’s Over”
A few years have passed.
The Americans begins its final season in the year 1987, but this super-sound of 1986 opens the episode as we see Elizabeth engaged in a series of new assignments — some dull, some sexual, some dangerous — while Philip goes about the mundane work of operating their cover: the travel agency.
The Berlin Wall will fall in two years, but as the song suggests, there is another one being built between these two Soviet agents. They were once partners; now they lead increasingly separate lives. Continue reading The Americans premiere recap: Dead Hand
– Screen Captures 6×01 – Dead Hand
Stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys and showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields will be on hand to discuss the drama’s conclusion.
The ATX Television Festival is adding to its already-packed 2018 lineup.
The Austin, Texas-based TV fest has announced a panel for The Americans, FX’s critically adored spy thriller starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, set for a week after the drama ends its six-season run on May 30. The new addition to the event’s roster comes just ahead of the show’s final season premiere Wednesday night.
The panel discussion marks the second time the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series has been a part of ATX (following a panel last year), but this time around the team will be able to talk openly (finally) about the ending of the drama. On hand for the conversation will be showrunners and executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, along with stars Russell and Rhys. Additional panelists are expected to be announced at a later date.
The Americans panel joins a robust programming schedule that is headlined by a conversation with The Deuce showrunner David Simon. Meanwhile, another highly anticipated HBO series, Sharp Objects, will make its debut on opening night of the small-screen fest, which is set to run June 7-10. The event will also feature a Nash Bridges writers room reunion and a thirtysomething reunion with creators Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz and select castmembers.