The Americans’ EPs Talk ‘Action-Packed and Emotion-Packed’ Final Season

As FX’s critically acclaimed drama “The Americans” heads toward its final season, the show’s creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields came to the ATX TV Festival to discuss their approach to the last ten episodes, but managed to artfully evade revealing too much about the fates of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings and their family.

Fields and Weisberg admitted that with all the talk of Russia in the news, they often devoted lunch hours to talking politics, but current events didn’t spill over into the plotlines. “When we write the show, we’re in a bubble,” said Weisberg, in the panel moderated by Variety‘s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum. “We don’t want people watching and thinking those clever writers put something there about Donald Trump.”

Fields said that the recent headlines of Russians spying on Americans and tampering with elections did impact them. “We’ve spent years learning how good the Russians were at this kind of spy craft,” he said “To see it play out on the news now at this high level is staggering.” Weisberg added, “When the show started, things were peaceful with Russia. We thought we’d humanize people who were thought to be our enemy, and now, a few years later, people are foaming at the mouth about them.” Continue reading The Americans’ EPs Talk ‘Action-Packed and Emotion-Packed’ Final Season

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The Americans Creators On Slower Season 5 Pace & Action-Packed Final Season 6

Following the recently wrapped season 5 of FX’s spy drama The Americans, Creators/Eps Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields hit up Austin’s ATX Television Festival and offered a bit of insight into what’s to come in the sixth and final season.

Though no specific plot details were revealed, Weisberg teased that it will be “action packed and emotional packed.”

“A lot of pieces hanging out there, a lot of stories,”he said, adding, “threads to who these people are and how their lives are gong to end up… we’ve got 10 episodes to pull that all together.”

The duo said they’ve known early on how the show would end. “Our stories sometimes change a lot, we write pretty far ahead and we’ll have ideas written down in pretty extensive thoughtful form earlier on and then some will stay with us,” said Fields. “The ending itself has stuck since middle of season 2”

Season 5 left off with Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) having to put a hold on their plans to return to the Soviet Union with their children. Continue reading The Americans Creators On Slower Season 5 Pace & Action-Packed Final Season 6

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Look for some new faces in the drama acting categories at the Emmy nominations

LEAD ACTRESS DRAMA

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Keri Russell, “The Americans”

Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld”

Prime contenders: Christine Baranski, “The Good Fight”; Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”; Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers”; Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”; Rutina Wesley, “Queen Sugar”

Analysis: Russell, Davis and Wright — all nominated last year — should return, and you can’t completely discount the chances of Danes or Henson repeating too, as both women have strong followings. And Baranski has 15 Emmy nominations, including six for playing the Diane Lockhart role that she’s reprising on “The Good Fight.” She can’t be taken lightly.

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The Americans and its stars forge on — who knew Russian spies could be so relevant?

One thing that makes FX’s lauded Cold War drama “The Americans” so compelling is the chemistry between Keri Russell, who starred in four seasons of “Felicity” in her early 20s, and Welsh actor Matthew Rhys. As Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, Russian spies living as Americans in 1980s suburbia, they make their kids’ lunches and then slip away to don disguises, seduce sources and break necks for the Motherland.

But Russell and Rhys’ electricity on the show, created by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg and just having finished its fifth season before a 10-episode sprint to a series finale, is nothing compared to the sparks they throw off in real life.

Settling into the series’ writers room in gritty Gowanus in New York’s Brooklyn, surrounded by whiteboards with scribbled plot points and grainy show stills, the couple, who have an infant son (Russell also has two children from a previous relationship), are clearly simpatico — finishing each other’s thoughts and cracking each other up.

Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings and Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings on “The Americans.”
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Keri Russell Is Very Satisfied With How the Final Season of The Americans Ends

Together onscreen and off! Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are gearing up for the sixth and final season of playing spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans.

While catching up with Us Weekly at the 10th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Saturday, June 3, Russell, 41, said that she knows how the FX series concludes and that she’s “very satisfied” with the ending. “They’ve done such a good job so far — the writers — so I’m willing to give it up and let them do what they want,” she said.

Although the real-life couple, who welcomed son Sam in May 2016, will miss working together every day, Rhys, 42, is looking on the bright side. “The glory is we will be with each other every day,” he told Us.

It’s not all business when they’re filming together, though. The actress revealed that the duo goof around on set while transforming into the different personas as their characters go undercover. “What’s cool about doing all these crazy disguises is that it takes time with the different clothes and the weird hair, and we make fun of each other,” Russell said.

Rhys added, “It’s what we’ve kind of come to enjoy most about the show is the diversity it throws up and those daily challenges of playing three people in the morning or eight people in a day.”

Rhys also said it’s been fun to go back in time for the 1980s-set show — and that the young actors are amazed by the old-school technology. “I remember when Keidrich [Sellati, who plays his son, Henry] came into the living room for the first time, he went up to the VCR and went, ‘What is that?’ He’d never seen a VHS eject a tape,” Rhys joked. “He thought it was witchcraft.”

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Keri Russell Has a Hard Time Parenting in the Trump Era

Keri Russell earned her first Emmy nomination last year for playing a deadly K.G.B. Russian spy living in 1980s America on FX’s critically acclaimed series The Americans. Russell is expected to nab another nod this year for her emotional and multi-layered performance in the fifth season of the series, which wrapped on May 30. With the show’s Cold War era themes loosely mirroring the current, tense political climate, one may wonder, have Donald Trump’s alleged ties with Russia had any impact on the show?

“Donald Trump subliminally does sort of go in a little bit and affect how people may experience the show,” Russell told Vanity Fair during Saturday’s 10th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park, New Jersey. “He’s made the show become more topical. The great thing about the show—we have the protection that it’s a period piece set in the 80s, but in real life, it’s scary. There’s no protection from him.”

Even Russell’s precocious daughter, Willa, is getting wise to the constant stream of news reports about Trump often seeming to flout rules and norms.

“Our five-year-old said this morning while I had NPR on about some report on whatever Donald Trump was doing at this hour, and she said, ‘That’s not fair! Why does Donald Trump get to do everything that he wants to do?’ And I said, ‘Exactly!’ And she said, ‘Well, I want to go to Disney World. I don’t get to go.’ But I was like, ‘Exactly. Not everyone gets what they want.’ But she said, ‘Donald Trump does!’ And I go, ‘You’re right. It’s a bummer. He’s not playing by any rules. No rules.’ ”

When asked how she and her real-life partner, Americans co-star Matthew Rhys, are raising their three young children in the Trump era, Russell admits it’s a daunting task.

“It’s difficult. There’s a lot of human rights being taken away and a threat to the environment,” said Russell. “It’s shocking, and I just hope it will be over soon.”

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Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys Reveal Keys to Making Real-Life Romance Work

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are more than just partners in international espionage on FX’s The Americans — they’re real-life partners in love.

Arriving at For Your Consideration: The Americans, an event run by the Emmy’s to showcase potential nominees, Russell and Rhys greeted press, members of the Television Academy and some lucky fans.

Speaking with PEOPLE about making their real-life relationship work, Russell admitted that they “absolutely” need alone time since they spend the majority of their days together.

Rhys also expressed his gratitude for Russell’s positive attitude. “She has the patience of a saint, so that helps,” he said. “That is basically it.”

Of course, that isn’t the only thing to credit for their model relationship.

“And alcohol,” Rhys added with a laugh. “The great leveler, the great equalizer. Everything is so much better after a good, solid half bottle of red wine!”

This method appears to be working quite well for the happy couple, who have been together since the first season of their hit Cold War spy drama, The Americans, back in 2013.

Just over a year ago, in May 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, a boy named Sam. Their young son is a first for Rhys, who is new to fatherhood, and the third child of Russell, who has two children, River and Willa, from a former marriage to carpenter Shane Deary.

The fifth, penultimate season of The Americans ended this last Tuesday on FX.

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The Americans Look Back at Season 5, Tease Changing Season 6 at FYC Event

It took 20 minutes for the cast and creators of “The Americans” to address the elephant in the room.

For a show that centers around undercover KGB Russian spies in America, bringing up President Donald Trump seemed like an expected segue. During the FX show’s FYC event at the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy on Thursday evening, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, executive producers and writers for “The Americans,” said they already broke the story for Season 5 right as Trump was getting elected and preparing to enter office.

Fields said when writing, they tried to isolate themselves into a bubble of the 1980s to stick to the show’s setting. However, the current political climate subtly tapped onto their subconscious. Continue reading The Americans Look Back at Season 5, Tease Changing Season 6 at FYC Event

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The Americans finale recap: The Soviet Division

Well, hey, look who dropped by for a visit — it’s Tuan and his parents! Come right in, the Morozovs say, Pasha should be upstairs.

He’s upstairs all right, bleeding out on his bed after an attempted suicide. Tuan told him to do it to get their attention (part of a blackmail scheme to drive the family back to Moscow so the mother can continue her affair with a CIA operative).

Philip and Elizabeth are horrified by Tuan’s actions, and they’ve taken an incredible risk in showing up unannounced for a “casual” visit that ends with Pasha being wheeled into an ambulance in critical condition

An American surveillance agent who sits outside the Morozov home to monitors potential threats helps rescue the boy and comes into close contact with Philip and Elizabeth, who are now (potentially) part of whatever investigation may follow.

The exposure here is immense, but Philip and Elizabeth’s consciences won’t allow them to sit back and let this nightmare play out.

Afterward, Alexei finds his son’s note: “He is sorry… but he cannot live in America.” Continue reading The Americans finale recap: The Soviet Division

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The Americans Showrunners Talk Emotional Season 5 Finale

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields break down the FX drama’s penultimate finale episode and look back on the recent season: “We thought we were moving pretty fast.”
The fifth season of The Americans ended with a twist on Tuesday.

The jam-packed season finale of the FX spy drama saw Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) seriously contemplate a return to Russia but ultimately decide to stay put. The episode, a rare one co-written by showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, was directed by series vet Chris Long.

“We felt it was very emotional,” says Weisberg, looking back on the season. Fields adds that the pair have heard from viewers that the recent episodes have felt slow — but they feel differently about the pacing. “We thought we were moving pretty fast,” he says. “I mean, they got married. Elizabeth told Paige [Holly Taylor] about her rape. Phillip found out about his father. Gabriel [Frank Langella] left. We can hardly keep up. We’re exhausted.”

The series has become more topical this year due to striking parallels between U.S.-Russian relations today and those explored in the show. “If anybody had said a few seasons in that suddenly Russia would be perceived as the greatest threat and possibly one of the greatest enemies that the United States possibly has, we would have said, ‘That’s insane. You are bonkers,'” says Fields. Continue reading The Americans Showrunners Talk Emotional Season 5 Finale

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