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Felicity’s Keri Russell Is All Grown-Up and Spying on The Americans

We were all a little stunned when Felicity Porter, the University of New York’s most famous student (aka Keri Russell), showed up as a gun-toting operative alongside Tom Cruise in 2005’s Mission: Impossible III. But the gamble worked. Nobody was talking about her haircut, that’s for sure. In a weird way, then, Russell’s role on FX’s The Americans is a logical progression. She and Brothers & Sisters’ Matthew Rhys play Elizabeth and Phillip Jennings, married spies who live in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s, but there’s a twist: They work for the other guys, specifically Cold War-era Soviets. sat down with Russell to find out why she signed on, what’s in store for the Jenningses and how Felicity creator J.J. Abrams had a certain prescience about her new job. Continue reading Felicity’s Keri Russell Is All Grown-Up and Spying on The Americans

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Ratings: The Americans Spies Strong Debut

The cold war is red hot.

Wednesday’s premiere of FX’s espionage thriller The Americans attracted 3.22 million total viewers and 1.57 million adults 18-49, besting the debuts of American Horror Story in the former category and Sons of Anarchy in the latter.

When you factor in the two encore telecasts that followed the premiere, the show drew combined 4.7 million viewers and 2.54 million adults 18-49 for the night.

“We’re very happy with premiere ratings for The Americans and, just as importantly, we’re proud of the widespread critical acclaim the show has received,” said FX president John Landgraf. “We have no doubt that when we get the Live+7 time-shifted ratings from last night, The Americans will rank among the best series debuts ever on FX.”