If you’re a fan of “The Americans,” run to your DVR and make sure it’s recording tonight’s Season 4 finale.
It sounds like a nefarious Russian spy plot concocted by Elizabeth and Philip Jennings: FX confirms that a programming grid snafu has messed with cable and satellite program guides’ “The Americans” listings across the country. That means there’s a good chance thousands of fans are going to be sorely disappointed when they check their DVRs later – and the show’s highly anticipated season ender won’t be there.
According to an FX spokesman, the cable network scrambled to rectify the problem, and has sent out correct information to cable operators. Some viewers already report that “The Americans'” finale is in their queue, ready to record.
But for viewers whose DVRs don’t record “The Americans,” the episode will be available on Thursday via FX’s FX NOW platform. The network is also looking at other remedies.
Meanwhile, viewers should also make sure the episode – “Persona Non Grata” – records for a full 90 minutes, from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans may want to pad more time on their recorders beyond that. (The show technically ends at 11:14 p.m., but it’s blocked out on FX’s schedule for a full 90 minutes.)
Credit to the former TV exec who goes by “Masked Scheduler” on Twitter for alerting the masses to the screwup.
This isn’t the first time “The Americans” has been hit by a DVR mishap. In 2013, an episode of “The Americans” ran for 67 minutes — but listing services had it down for just an hour, leaving DVRs to cut off the last 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, executive producer Joel Fields has a theory on what happened: