'The Americans' Premiere Draws 4.7 Million Total Viewers Wednesday Night

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'The Americans' Keri Russell: 'I can't believe we're calling 1980 'period''

The toughest hurdle to get around with FX's "The Americans" is that setting the action in 1980 qualifies the drama as a period piece.For those already adults when President Reagan was in office -- and might have even driven an Oldsmobile Delta 88, which looms large in the pilot -- the days of Madonna being relevant don't seem distant enough to be a period drama. They are, though, and the series that premieres Wednesday, Jan. 30, does them quite well.The drama stars Keri Russell ("Felicity") and Matthew Rhys ("Brothers & Sisters") as Russian KGB spies living in the United States. The pilot explains how Elizabeth and Philip came to live in a suburban house with two children. It flashes between suburban Washington, D.C., of 1981 and 20 years earlier in Moscow, when they were introduced and later assigned to be a married couple in the States."I can't believe we are calling 1980 'period'," Russell tells...

The Americans “Pilot” Episode 1 [Season Premiere]

The Americans  “Pilot” Episode 1  premieres Wednesday January 30 2013 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis :  The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Philip and Elizabeth Jennings grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War . Tensions heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan Beeman, an FBI agent. READ MORE...

'The Americans' Debuts '80s-Filled Opening Titles (Video)

If the new FX drama must be compared to "Homeland," it may win this round.