FX’s new series “The Americans” — a 1981-set spy series created by former CIA officer-turned-TV writer and producer Joe Weisberg (“Falling Skies”) — is slated to premiere in January. The drama is set in Washington, D.C., where the Jennings pose as a seemingly normal married American couple but in reality are KGB agents.
FX has released a short teaser, below, for the series (via Deadline), which was given a 13-episode order in August. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell play the couple, whose marriage was arranged as a cover. That charade is slowly giving way to genuine feelings, but their relationship’s progress is complicated by the missions they’re given, their two children (who know nothing about their parents’ original identities) and their new neighbor (Noah Emmerich), who happens to work for the FBI.
“The Americans” is executive produced by “Justified” creator Graham Yost. Russell, who became a household name playing the title character in J.J. Abrams’ college-set drama “Felicity,” more recenty played one of the lead roles in the canceled 2010 Fox sitcom “Running Wilde.” Weisberg is also working on a CIA drama at Fox that has Paul Greengrass on board as an executive producer.