Maybe now we’ll finally find out who wins the Cold War! FX just announced that it’s giving a second season renewal to its ’80s espionage drama “The Americans,” which aired its fourth episode last night.
Created by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg and executive produced by “Justified” showrunner Graham Yost, “The Americans” stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as a pair of Cold War-era KGB spies living undercover in Washington, D.C. as a typical American family, complete with two kids unaware of their parents’ true identities.
FX will give the drama another 13-episode run, which makes sense when you look at both how well the show was received critically and the numbers — the January 30th series premiere was the most-watched debut of any FX series ever, and the show’s continued to perform well when time-shifted viewing is taken into account.
“‘The Americans’ has quickly established itself as a key part FX’s acclaimed drama line-up,” said FX’s president and general manager John Landgraf. “Executive Producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost and their collaborators are telling riveting and deeply emotional stories and the performances of Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and the entire cast are simply outstanding. The show is truly worthy of its widespread critical acclaim and we are confident that its quality will continue to yield a robust and passionate audience.”
FX will by marathoning the first five episodes of “The Americans” on Friday, March 1st beginning at 10pm.