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 series stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys & Noah Emmerich and is being produced by Dreamworks Television in association with Fox Television Studios and FX Productions. Series creator Joe Weisberg is serving as showrunner, with Graham Yost, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey serving as executive producers.
Speaking of The Americans, John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks, 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.”
While series creator Joe Weisberg addded: “For the last two years, I’ve worked with the incredible people at FX, FTVS, DreamWorks, and my personal television guru Graham Yost on this project. More recently, Gavin O’Connor joined our team, and turned the script we’d been working on for so long into a beautiful pilot. Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and Max Hernandez were sensational in it, and a joy to be around. To have all of this come to fruition has been indescribably exciting. Really, I’m a writer, and I can’t describe it. It’s a great privilege and opportunity to get to make this television show. I can’t wait to get to work on it.”