FX has picked up its hit drama The Americans for a 13-episode Season 3, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. One of television's most critically-acclaimed series, The Americans has fast become a signature show for FX. Six episodes remain in the current season, including tonight's broadcast. The series airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM E/P.
In its first season, The Americans was the most critically-acclaimed new program of 2013, winning the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program. The critical acclaim for Season 2 has surpassed that of its remarkable first season.
Here's what FX's Eric Schrier had to say in a statement.
"The Americans continues be one of the best shows on television. Executive Producers Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields and Graham Yost have done a wonderful job delivering two seasons, and the performances from Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich are stellar. Fans will be blown away by the rest of this season, and we can't wait to see what they come up with next year."
The Americans was honored by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the Programs of the Year for 2013 and earned two Emmy nominations, four Broadcast Television Journalist Association (BTJA) award nominations, a record seven Television Critics Association (TCA) Award nominations, and a Writers Guild Award nomination for New Series. The show recently wrapped production on its second season.
Here's what executive producer Joel Fields had to say in his statement.
"We are so delighted and grateful to continue telling the stories of these characters. John Landgraf, Eric Schrier, Nick Grad, and the entire team at FX have been remarkable supporters and creative partners for the show - and we are blessed to have Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, and an awesome ensemble who bring it all so brilliantly to life."
Executive producer Joe Weisberg also added his own statement.
"We're also truly excited to continue our collaboration with our lead studio, FTVS, led by [no_person|David Madden}. And we're so grateful to our incredible production team led by Daniel Sackheim and Mary Rae Thewlis, our producing partners Graham Yost, and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey at Amblin TV. Seriously, if the Soviet Union had this level of support from its allies, the Cold War might have turned out differently."
Widely praised as one of the best dramas on television, following is a small sampling of recent press raves:
Andy Greenwald, Grantland.com (February 26, 2014)
"Nothing else on TV can match The Americans for the dizzying highs of its suspense or the unsettling depths of its emotion...the best show on television"
Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker (February 24, 2014)
"Watch The Americans...there are certain TV series that bring out the evangelist in any writer, and, in a world of hype for 'prestige cable dramas'-the Internet's favorite topic to obsess about-FX's smart thriller The Americans came in way too far under the radar last year...sharp dialogue...oh, my God, the wigs-so many, so varied, so eighties...The Americans can be wrenchingly emotional, and it's terrifically well paced...I'd recommend skipping work, ignoring your family, going directly to iTunes, and watching the first season, binge-style, while drinking vodka. Tell the Jenningses I sent you."
Maureen Ryan, The Huffington Post (February 25, 2014)
"Holy Mother Russia, you need to be watching The Americans. Very few shows are able to combine pleasurable episodic storytelling so deftly with solid character building and delicious suspense...What more could you possibly want from a television program?"
Tim Goodman, HollywoodReporter.com (February 26, 2014)
"One of television's finest dramas...Not only does The Americans get better - a nifty trick given how impressive season one was - but it deepens along the way and confidently asserts the narrative abilities of creator, writer and executive producer Joe Weisberg and executive producer and writer Joel Fields."
Matt Roush, TVGuide.com (February 26, 2014)
"Brilliantly conceived spy thriller...The Americans redefines domestic espionage with its multiple layers of emotionally charged suspense."
Robert Bianco, USA Today (February 26, 2014)
"Fabulously played by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys...excellent series."
Hank Stuever, The Washington Post (February 26, 2014)
"Gripping...Everything I praised about the series when it debuted a year ago holds true...I'm still at a loss to explain why The Americans or its cast wasn't up for an Emmy last year...I hope that The Americans' time has arrived."
On a Live+7 basis, Season 2 of The Americans is averaging 3.08 million Total Viewers and 1.47 million Adults 18-49, respective declines of just -9% and -14%, due in part to the lofty performance of the series' premiere episode. Time-shifted viewing has increased significantly with season 2 averaging respective gains of +130% in Adults 18-49 and +109% in Total Viewers (Live+Same Day to Live+7, compared to +93% and +83% respectively for Season 1.
Set in 1981 just after Ronald Reagan is elected president, The Americans, starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is a drama series about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. The series was created by and is executive produced by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies), a former CIA agent who went on to become an accomplished author. Joel Fields and Graham Yost are also executive producers, along with Amblin Television heads Darryl Frank and Darryl Frank. The Americans is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.
In tonight's all-new episode, "New Car" - (Airs April 16, 10:00 PM - 11:11 PM E/P), Philip and Elizabeth both find themselves faced with painful turns in their various missions. Stan fights to gain access to an American military program that could give him the upper hand in his battle of wills with Oleg. Written by Peter Ackerman; directed by John Dahl.