The Americans returns Feb. 26, and during a panel Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour, the cast and producers teased what the season has in store for TV’s Russian spy couple next door.
This season will turn the focus back on the family.
“We felt like [season 1] had been so focused on the marriage,” says EP Joe Weisberg, “and the natural place to go next was the family.” Particularly with Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth’s (Keri Russell) marriage on more solid ground, they wanted to move on to exploring “the next point of fracture” — the family unit.
Paige’s curiosity continues
At the end of the first season, the Jennings’ teenage daughter started to show signs of increasing curiosity about her parents and their ongoings, and this season, questions will start being asked and “it’s not going to go great,” says EP Joel Fields. “Teenagers are hard,” adds Weisberg. “They’re all tough on mom and dad.”
Margo Martindale returns
The actress will be back for several episodes this season as KGB handler Claudia. The fate of her CBS comedy The Millers will not determine what comes next for that character, as The Americans will be done filming the second season in March — well before broadcast network renewals are typically announced. That said, if Martindale finds herself available full time and the show gets a third season, “It’s hard to argue with more Margo Martindale,” says Fields. “We love that character and we love her.”
Martha will get a backbone this season!
Martha’s faux-marriage with Philip will actually serve to strengthen the character, who is widely thought of as insecure, the producers said. “Who she was was extremely lonely and extremely vulnerable and she’s less lonely this season, so it’s allowing her to grow,” says Weisberg. “It’s a law of unintended consequences,” adds Fields.
There’s a racy scene in the premiere
Without giving away too much, a racy scene in the season premiere had critics buzzing. According to Weisberg, the purpose was to depict a show of love between Philip and Elizabeth that was “powerful, shocking, and funny.” You’ll see.
Stan is in a power struggle.
“He’s got such an interesting season coming up,” says Weisberg. “Nina is getting ahead of him. You see that at the end of the first season, and that’s such an interesting place for him to be in and so true and so real for what happens to people when you’re playing this back-and-forth game. People who are smart and good can have people get ahead of them because they are also smart and good at what they do too.” And while Stan is a man who is used to a certain amount of pressure, what it does to him will be “great” to watch, he says.
BONUS BURNING QUESTION: Is the show ever heading to Russia?
The producers said they have “half-joked” about having a season that takes place in Russia, later admitting that such a task would require heaps of funding. But, they said, “I think we’re going to eventually have some storylines there,” teases Weisberg. In fact, he added, there will, like season 1, be some material set in Russia. But filming in the country remains on their to-do. “It would basically be a budget question,” he said.
When “The Americans” returns for season 2 next month on FX, Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings will commit to giving their fake marriage and real go, but that doesn’t mean their problems are over.
“We saw the first season very much as about the marriage,” creator and executive producer Joe Weisberg says at TCA’s Winter press tour. “At the end of the season, Elizabeth tells Philip to come home and after that there’s a sense they’re going to be solid and more together. [In season two] we’re going to see how this family struggles and tries to hold it together.”
One big factor that fuels the fire: teen daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), who started to get suspicious about her parents’ strange behavior at the end of season 1 and continues to snoop around as the new season opens. Continue reading Press Tour: More sexy spy action in ‘The Americans’ season 2
Keri acting in a fight scene on the set of TV show “The Americans” in Brooklyn.
– The Americans On the Set – January 9 2014
I’m so excited for The Americans to return. What do you know? — Trisha
Paige, Phillip and Elizabeth’s precocious daughter, will be bringing down the old hammer and sickle on her folks when she refuses to give up her quest to find out the truth about them. Complicating matters: Phillip is forced to use his son Henry during an impromptu mission that results in several casualties.
PREVIOUSLY ON… | Philip moved back home, Paige started connecting the dots about her parents extracurricular activities, Nina played Stan (officially joining the double agent ranks), Claudia was on the verge of being reassigned, and Elizabeth was (seriously but not fatally) shot.
COMING UP NEXT | Whereas the first season focused on Philip and Elizabeth’s marriage, Season 2 will concentrate on “the family as a whole,” previews exec producer Joel Fields, with Paige’s continuing suspicions driving much of that narrative. Elsewhere, despite her commitment to CBS’ The Millers, Margo Martindale will be back as “Handler” Claudia for several episodes (fellow EP Joe Weisberg calls her return “emotional” and “surprising”); Philip’s “crazy and dangerous” faux marriage to Martha will continue to be explored; and Russian actor Costa Ronin joins the cast as a young KGB officer with “a talent for technology,” teases Fields.
RETURN DATE | Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10/9c (FX)
FX Cold War spy drama ‘The Americans‘ season 2 quietly announced its late February season 2 premiere after the holidays this year, but given the most recent trailer, new footage has been few and far between. If nothing else, the Matthew Rhys-Keri Russell starring homeland espionage thriller has released its first new photo of the year, so what can we expect from ‘The Americans’ season 2?
Admittedly a bit light on details, the first new photos of the year so Philip and Elizabeth Jennings concerned in their cover travel agent office, Philip appearing to be on his way to a mission. As we recently learned from the season 2 footage, Philip and Elizabeth will have their own domestic investigation to handle, now that their daughter Paige has begun searching through the family belongings for evidence of her parents’ double life.
So far, only bits and pieces of ‘The Americans’ season 2 have emerged since the first season finale, though we know that season 1 stars Annet Mahendru (Nina), Alison Wright (Martha) and Susan Misner (Sandra Beeman) have been upped to series regular, while Margo Martindale will return as Claudia for at least one episode. In addition to a lighter focus on the marital drama, we’ll also see history start to catch up with the characters a bit, notably the deaths of Leonid Brezhnev and other Soviet leaders.
– The Americans Episode Stills > 2×02 – Cardinal
FX has set the premiere date for “The Americans” season 2. The Cold War spy drama starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell will return with its new installment on Wednesday, February 26 at 10/9c.
Rhys and Russell, who play two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American married couple in Washington DC on the FX series, were recently rumored dating in real life. The 37-year-old actress confirmed through her representative earlier December that she and husband Shane Deary had been separated since early summer.