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February 21, 2013 5:22 PM
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FX Renews Soviet Spy Drama 'The Americans' for a Second Season

'The Americans' Craig Blankenhorn/FX
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.

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"'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.

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1 Comment

  • Travis | February 24, 2013 11:42 AMReply

    This is great news, I love The Americans and I can’t wait to see where the story goes for the rest of the season. The Cold War storyline could easily be wrapped up in two seasons, but I think there is also an opportunity to have five or six or ten seasons of The Americans. I’m just getting up to date with this week’s, and last week’s, episodes because I usually work night shifts at DISH. Even though I’m not home to watch The Americans when it airs, I will be able to watch this week’s episode during my lunch break on my iPad. The new DISH Anywhere app on my iPad allows me to live TV, and the content of my DVR, to my iPad anywhere I have a connection to the internet.