The Cold War continues….
FX has renewed Cold War spy drama The Americans, starring Mathhew Rhys, Keri Russel and Noah Emmerich, for a fourth season, the network announced today. The fourth season pick up, which comes with only four episodes left in the show’s third season, is for a further 13 episodes.
“It’s been a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a show like this with the immensely talented and immeasurably supportive team at FX and Fox 21 Television Studios,” said executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields. “We are blessed with an extraordinary cast and crew and grateful that we’ll all be able to continue telling this story that we love so much.”
Despite having slipped slightly in the ratings this season, The Americans is still a critical darling for FX. Per L7 data, the first five episodes are down by 4% in total viewers and 6% in the A18-49 demo. The series also continue to be a big seller on the international market for Twentieth Century Fox International Television Distribution, although, the series has lost its UK broadcaster following ITV’s decision to drop the show, citing flagging ratings.
“Remarkably, this season of The Americans has achieved even greater acclaim than that of its first two seasons. The series has cemented it status with critics as television’s best current drama and arguably the best show on TV, and we couldn’t agree more”, said Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
“That universal critical praise is a tribute to the talents of Joe, Joel, Keri, Matthew, Noah and the entire cast and crew”, he continued. “We look forward to the final four episodes of season three, and beyond, in Philip and Elizabeth Jennings’ riveting journey.”
The Americans, which revolves around two KGB sleeper agents in 1980s America, is produced by FX Production and Fox 21 Television Studios. The executive producers are Joe Wiesberg, Joel Fields, Graham Yost, Daniel Sackheim, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The fourth season is slated to air in 2016.