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‘The Americans’ Cast Talks Finale Secrets, Wigs, Slaps (VIDEO)

The cast and executive producers of “The Americans” sat down on April 26 for a panel discussion of the FX drama at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, and we’ve got the entire hour on video for you.

If you’re a fan of the show, you may want to watch the whole thing. But be aware, developments that occurred late in Season 1 and in the season finale are discussed by panelists Joe Weisberg (executive producer/creator), Joel Fields (executive producer), Matthew Rhys (who plays Russian spy Philip Jennings), Noah Emmerich (who plays FBI agent Stan Beeman), Margo Martindale (Claudia) and Annet Mahendru (Nina). You’ll also want to check out our recent interviews with Rhys, Martindale and Emmerich, and a post-finale chat with Fields and Weisberg.

If you don’t have time to watch the whole hour, we’ve provided the approximate time stamps of different topics of discussion, which include: Keri Russell’s propensity for slapping Rhys just before the director shouts “Action;” wigs; the effect of clandestine work on family life; and Stan’s complicated love life.

By the way, the panel was moderated by yours truly, and I must confess — if I had known the camera would be on me that much (or at all), I would have gotten a better wig.