FX Greenlights ‘The Americans’

The Cold War spy drama starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys gets a 13 episode season from FX.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last year, "The Americans" was one of the most anticipated pilots at FX. And now, FX has gone forward with "The Americans" by ordering it to series.

"The Americans" has been officially picked up for a 13 episode first season on FX; which is a standard order for the network. Created by Joe Weisberg ("Falling Skies"), "The Americans" takes place in the early '80s during the height of the Cold War. The premise follows Phillip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell), a seemingly all-American couple raising two children in Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan becomes President.

But in reality, Phillip and Elizabeth are secretly KGB spies who maintain a clandestine network of informants throughout the government. While their marriage was originally arranged by their superiors, Elizabeth and Phillip begin to develop real feelings for each other while shielding their children from the truth about their loyalties. Noah Emmerich co-stars as Stan, an FBI counter intelligence agent who lives next door to the Jennings family.

Graham Yost ("Justified") will serve as an executive producer for "The Americans" alongside Weisberg. Gavin O’Connor directed the pilot episode and the series will begin production in October.

In a statement, FX President John Landgraf said “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. We’re equally excited to welcome Graham Yost’s talented young Padawan Joe Weisberg as Creator/Showrunner. He joins a long line of gifted writer/producers who have taken their first shot at greatness on FX."

"The Americans" is expected to debut in early 2013 on FX.