The Americans - All's Fair in Love and Cold War



The Americans: Soviet and American Flags side by side

Do you know who your neighbors really are?  What if they were KGB spies, but were hiding and posing as a happily married couple complete with kids.  What if this was 1980's with Regan as President and the Cold War was in full bloom.  


The Americans: "Soviet Military"

The Hollywood/Highland Center at 6801 Hollywood Blvd hosts, for the next few days, an imitation Soviet sub complete with "Soviet seamen" and "Soviet military" and even have a "Soviet helicopter" fly over to alert the public to the new drama American/Soviet drama.   The series comes to us by way of FX.  Thanks to John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX, Nick Grad, Eric Schrier, Nicole Clemens and Jonathan Frank.


The Americans: Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys)

The Americans, a new TV show from FX, which premieres on Wednesday Jan 30, 2013, with the hour-long pilot at 10 pm, stars Matthew Rhys as Philips Jennings and his  wife Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings. Devoted to her motherland, Elizabeth Jennings will do anything for her country even if might mean destroying her arranged marriage with Philip.   Their two children are 13 year old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry  (Keidrich Sellati.)  Neither of the children know anything about their parents background or their complex, convoluted marriage.   Their assignments are delivered by Claudia (Margo Martindale.) When Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) an FBI agent and his family move in across the street, and Paige falls for their son, things get even more complicated.    Stan and his partner, Agent Chris Amador (Maximiliano Hernandez) are members of the new counterintelligence task force fighting foreign agents on US soil.   When Stan starts suspecting his neighbors, trouble brews. 


The Americans: Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell)

The story is not just a show about spies, but about family life in the 80's as well as Elizabeth deals with her emotions and that of her nubile teen daughter's needs while still trying to determine what type of relationship she really has with Philip.  An engaging couple, with plenty of chemistry, you might find yourself rooting for them, despite who they are.   


The Americans: Graham Yost, Showrunner/ Ex Producer

History, too, comes to life as they refer to various important characters like Casper Weinberger and the attempted assignation of President Regan.   We might know who won the Cold War, but we do not know what will happen to Elizabeth and Philip. 


The Americans: Soviet Submarine

The program took over a year and a half  from conception to showing, which in the film and television world is actually quite quick.  Even so, they found they had to compete with such shows as Homeland


Because the show has graphic violence, explicit sexual activity and sometimes crude and indecent language, viewership is advised that it might not be suitable for those under 18.   Each individual episode will be rated for content. 


Shot in the New York area with areas made to look like DC in the 80's, the show was created by author and ex CIA agent, Joe Weisberg, who then teamed with Canadian executive producer/ showrunner Graham Yost and Dreamworks/ Amblin Television Co-Presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.  Other producers on the team are Joshua Brand, Adam Arkin and Mitch Engel.    The show will have numerous directors including John Dahl, Gavin O'Connor, Nicole Kassell, Alik Sakharov, Jim McKay, Bill Johnson and Alex Chapple. 


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