“The Americans,” a television drama in the works to star Keri Russell (of “Felicity” fame and the movie Waitress) as a Russian spy living in suburban America in the 1980s, is apparently scouting home locations in Tarrytown.
According to one source, scouts were photographing every room in the houses of several Tarrytown residents this weekend. Until contracts are signed, these residents can’t talk, but a sizable fee could be on the table.
The series is being produced by DreamWorks, Fox Television Studios and FX Productions. Trying to find someone inside these operations to confirm this is much like entering a spy drama itself.
We did talk to John Solberg, Senior Vice President of Media Relations for FX, who said, “Yes, we are there prepping production” and scouting locations but by “there” he meant in the New York area and couldn’t be any more specific than that. “They’ll start shooting in the next month or so,” he said.
Entertainment Weekly posted the news back in March that Russell was cast as the lead, with this official logline from FX:
The arranged marriage of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, who have two children who know nothing about their parents’ true identity, grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous, and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life.
Deadline then reported soon after that Matthew Rhys (of ABC drama,”Brothers & Sisters”) would star opposite Russell as her arranged-marriage husband.
Now, it’s further revealed on IMDB that the cold war lovers’ place of residence in America is in Washington, D.C. So whether they come north to visit Tarrytown or Tarrytown gets to pretend it’s D.C. remains to be seen. Either way, we’re happy to have them!