FX has given a 13-episode order to The Americans, a Cold War spy drama starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich. It’s set to begin production in October for a 2013 premiere.
Created by Joe Weisberg, a former CIA agent turned television writer (Falling Skies), The Americans centers on the complex relationship between two KGB spies posing as an average family in suburban Washington, D.C., shortly after the election of Ronald Reagan. The arranged marriage of Phillip (Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell), who have two children unaware of their parents’ true identities, grows more genuine even as it’s tested by the escalation of the Cold War, Phillip’s growing affinity for the American way of life, and the arrival of a new neighbor (Emmerich), an FBI agent working in counter-intelligence.
Justified creator Graham Yost is an executive producer; Weisberg will serve as showrunner. The pilot was directed by Gain O’Connor (The Tudors).
“We’re proud to welcome The Americans, a taught series that crackles with incredible performances rooted in character perspectives never explored on a U.S. television series, to FX’s line up of quality dramas,” John Landgraf, president of FX Networks, said in a statement.