FX has renewed their Cold War spy drama series The Americans for a third season of 13 episodes, TVWise has learned.
Created by Joe Weisberg, The Americans follows the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. 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, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner and Alison Wright.
The renewal, which comes after FX CEO John Landgraf stated at the network’s upfront last week that he expected to renewed the series for a third season in “the coming weeks”, follows what has been a critically acclaimed but ratings challenged season. Season-to-date the second season of The Americans has been averaging 3.08 million Total Viewers and 1.47 million Adults 18-49 down 9% and 14% from the season one averages.
“The Americans continues be one of the best shows on television,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “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.”
Executive Producer Joel Fields commented: “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, Noah Emmerich, and an awesome ensemble who bring it all so brilliantly to life.”
While series creator and executive producer Joe Weisberg added: “We’re also truly excited to continue our collaboration with our lead studio, FTVS, led by David Madden. And we’re so grateful to our incredible production team led by Dan 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.”