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The Americans could fill a Homeland-shaped void in your TV viewing

Being a TV writer who’d formerly trained as a CIA operative, Joe Weisberg was the obvious choice to bring this tale of Soviet spies in suburbia to our screens.

Joe Weisberg was working on sci-fi show Falling Skies in Los Angeles in October 2010 when he heard that the FBI had arrested a group of Russian intelligence service spies posing as Americans. The next thing he knew his phone was ringing.

“The two heads of DreamWorks television called me,” said Weisberg, who is in the rare position of being a TV executive that has also trained as a CIA operative. “They knew I’d been in the CIA and that I’d produced and written a previous TV pilot with them, based on the CIA station in Bulgaria. When those illegals were arrested, they asked me if I’d be interested in basing a show on it. That was the genesis of this story.”

The show is The Americans, a nail-biting depiction of 1981 cold-war Washington that’s the most talked-about drama on US television this year. The story centres on a seemingly upstanding couple (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) who live in the suburbs of Washington DC, with their two beautiful children. The only complication? These Americans are actually Soviets. Continue reading The Americans could fill a Homeland-shaped void in your TV viewing

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Emmys 2013: Newcomers Threaten TV’s Most Predictable Nominees

Sorry, “Homeland”! With the addition of “House of Cards,” “The Americans,” “Bates Motel” and many others, this may be the most competitive awards year ever.

Emmy voters don’t have it easy. This year, the pool of contenders comprise the most variety ever — upward of 100 series across as many categories — among cable and broadcast. Sure, the stalwarts are still in the game — AMC’s Breaking Bad, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Homeland, ABC’s Modern Family, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, to name a few — but will they yield to these 10 newcomers? And can they break through the glut of competition?

The Americans (FX)
➺ With Justified past its Emmy-novelty prime and Sons of Anarchy snubbed since, well, its 2008 debut, FX is hanging all its Emmy drama hopes on former CIA agent Joe Weisberg’s 1980s-set Russian spy thriller. The series had one of the most impressive debuts of the year as well as consistent grit from its excellent cast that includes Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell and 2011 Emmy winner Margo Martindale.


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Critics Chice Television Awards Nomination

Congratulations to Keri who has been nominated to 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards for her role Elizabeth in The Americans. Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich also got nomiantions.

• Claire Danes (Homeland) – Showtime
• Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) – A&E
• Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) – CBS
• Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) – BBC America
• Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) – AMC
Keri Russell (The Americans) – FX

The Americans – FX
• Breaking Bad – AMC
• Downton Abbey – PBS
• Game of Thrones – HBO
• The Good Wife – CBS
• Homeland – Showtime

The third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards ceremony will be held on Monday evening June 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Ask Matt – Various Shows – 22nd April 2013

Question:Is there any hope we’re going to see Philip and Elizabeth reconcile or make up a little on The Americans before this season ends? I’m not looking for all their problems to be worked out, but watching the last few weeks has been such a disappointment. The sexual tension and chemistry between those two was phenomenal the first half of the season. As much as I like the spy work, it’s not as interesting to watch when you completely take out the romance and make them into robots. — Hannah
Matt Roush:I don’t know where the show’s going in the finale (and if I did, I probably wouldn’t tell you, this isn’t that sort of column), but I have all kinds of hope that Philip and Elizabeth will continue to try to work things out. The fact that we’re frustrated by their lack of connection and maddeningly bad timing — when one wants to make up, the other misconstrues or has other priorities — is a sign that we care, and that’s a good thing. Elizabeth’s emotional breakthrough in last week’s episode is a positive sign that she will fight as hard for this relationship as she has for her homeland. That’s a major development for this character, and a clear sign that they’re anything but robots. But if you’re expecting a conventional romance here, you’re almost certainly going to be disappointed.