The critically-acclaimed spy drama will air a 13-episode fifth season in 2017, followed by a 10-episode final season the following year. Meanwhile, FX is already looking ahead to a future without “The Americans,” as its production arm just sealed new overall deals with executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields to come up with a new series.
“Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded ‘The Americans’ as one of the best shows on television and, remarkably, a series that keeps getting better every year,” said Eric Schrier, FX Productions original programming president. “We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion.”
In a joint statement, Weisberg and Fields admitted that it was “hard to believe we’re heading into the final stretch on ‘The Americans,’ and we’re so grateful to know we’ll be telling the story to its conclusion.”
“The Americans” has never been a ratings hit for FX, but, from the beginning, it has been one of the network’s most lauded shows. Although Emmy love eludes it, “The Americans” has won top prizes from the Television Critics Association Awards, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards and a Peabody Award. Margo Martindale did win the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
“The Americans” has been a joint production of Fox 21 Television Studios, FX Productions and Amblin Television. “While we are already mourning the eventual end, we are grateful to FX for this generous two-season pickup that enables the show to go out on its own terms and gives the creators time to craft a final stretch as satisfying as the show itself,” said Fox 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke.
Weisberg and Fields executive produce with Graham Yost, Chris Long and Stephen Schiff along with Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The show’s stars have included Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Allison Wright, Holly Taylor and Annet Mahendru.
“The Americans” still has three episodes left to go this year, with the Season 4 finale set for Wednesday, June 8 at 10pm.