FX has handed out a two season renewal to their critically acclaimed Cold War spy drama The Americans, TVWise has learned.
The network has ordered thirteen episodes for season five, and a further ten episodes for the sixth season, which will be the show’s last. Season five will debut on FX in 2017, with the final season following in 2018.
In addition to picking up a final two seasons, FX’s in-house studio FX Productions has inked new overall deals with Co-Showrunners and Executive Producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, which will see the duo develop new series.
The Americans, which revolves around two KGB sleeper agents in 1980s America, is produced by FX Productions & Fox 21 Television Studios and stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich. The executive producers are Joe Wiesberg, Joel Fields, Graham Yost, Chris Long, Stephen Schiff, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
While the series enjoys strong support from senior FX executives and garners strong critical acclaim, The Americans has struggled in the ratings, with episodes logging around 2 million viewers. This two season renewal is a victory for the producers, who have continued to deliver a compelling series despite the low audience figures, and will allow them to bring the show to an appropriate conclusion.
“It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the final stretch on The Americans, and we’re so grateful to know we’ll be telling the story to its conclusion”, commented Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg. “The best part of the last four years has been the intensive and fruitful collaboration with all of the people who make this show – the teams at FX, Fox 21 Television Studios, FX Productions and Amblin, our amazing cast, crew, and production team and our fellow writers. It’s a lot of people putting their hearts and souls into The Americans, at this point for a lot of years. We’re looking forward to the final two.”
“Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded The Americans as one of the best shows on television and, remarkably, a series that keeps getting better every year,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell this story to its perfect conclusion. On behalf of our producing partners at Fox 21 Television Studios and Amblin TV, we look forward to a brilliant final act of the Jennings family saga.”
“I echo the sentiments of our friends at FX in congratulating Joe, Joel and everyone at The Americans on creating one of the most critically acclaimed, thought provoking and spectacularly acted television shows ever to be broadcast”, added Fox 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke. “It remains our privilege to partner with FX Productions on this series, and while we are already mourning the eventual end, we are grateful to FX for this generous two-season pickup that enables the show to go out on its own terms and gives the creators time to craft a final stretch as satisfying as the show itself.”