FX’s The Americans is adding two cast members to its roster of series regulars for its 13 episode second season, which is set enter production this fall and air in early 2014. Guest stars Annet Mahendru & Alison Wright have been upped to regulars for the second season and join Susan Misner, who was previously promoted to regular status.
The Americans was created by Joe Weisberg and follows the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, who have two children who know nothing about their parents true identity, grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan, an FBI agent working in counter intelligence. The drama series is produced by Dreamworks Television in association with Fox Television Studios and FX Productions and stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys & Noah Emmerich.
Mahendru, whose previous television credits include 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly and Big Time Rush, plays Nina the beautiful and mysterious Russian spy who is intimately involved with FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), both personally and professionally. Newcomer Alison Wright plays Martha, the delightfully oblivious FBI secretary who has unwittingly married Soviet Directorate S Officer Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), believing him to be a Counterintelligence agent named Clark.
“Annet Mahendru has been a revelation as Nina, bringing the character to life with a rich and subtle depth that keeps you guessing as to what’s really percolating under the surface,” said Executive Producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields. “And Alison Wright’s portrayal of Martha is heartbreakingly real at every turn. We are thrilled to add them to our outstanding company of actors.”