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How The Americans Became the Most Relevant Drama on TV

On the eve of a new season, the Weisberg brothers discuss why this Cold War-era potboiler feels current in a way they never could have foreseen. ....Read More...

Creators of 'The Americans' Talk Today's 'Insane' Russia Situation, Emmy Nominations, and the Show's Finale

FX's critically adored drama about Cold War-era Soviet spies living in suburban Washington, D.C., returns this week amid 24/7 news coverage of the Trump administration's alleged ties to Russia. The co-creators of The Americans never imagined that their show, originally about a bygone era of strained U.S.-Russian relations, would become so relevant. But Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, who also are writers and executive producers, said the real-world storylines haven't impacted what happens in the show. "We've had a good idea really since Season 2 where we want the show to end, and to our great surprise, that idea has stuck," Weisberg said during a call with reporters during a break from filming the Season 5 finale. "Nothing about the current situation, insane though it is, is going to alter it." The series finale already has been announced for next year. The show will have its usual 13 episodes this season, then conclude with a 10-episode final season. What began as an exploration of a complicated marriage couched within a thrilling spy drama now is a broader portrait of the entire family, with teenage daughter Paige continuing to be a major focus. Luckily, Holly Taylor, just 15 when the series premiered, developed into the kind of actress who could carry such weighty material. "It's always a gamble when you cast a young actor," FIelds said. "She's not only a natural, but she's a natural for this part. This was a story we had been planning to tell, but there's no doubt that her talent has allowed us to tell it with more screen time and specificity than we would have otherwise." Speaking of the Jennings kids, Weisberg added that "there's going to be some more Henry story unspooling this season as well." Weisberg and Fields began working on Season 5 with the added weight of Emmy nominations in major categories, something frustrated fans and TV critics had been clamoring for since the show's premiere. Both the series and actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were nominated for Season 4. "For years we were able to honestly say that we were just grateful to be making this show and to have passionate viewers watching it and passionate critics writing about it and to be surrounded by such a great group of collaborators. And that was all true," Fields said. "And then we got the nominations and it turned out, that's really, really nice also." "I would say it actually turns out that mainstream success and notoriety is actually better than [being] under the radar," Weisberg said. "Under the radar was great, but this is actually better." With the spotlight slightly brighter, it's on to the finale, which Fields said remains the same idea the pair conceived three years ago. "Now it feels like we've got the right room for everything to fall as it should [in] Season 6," he said. The Season 5 premiere of The Americans airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX.

The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of March 6, 2017

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed — or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.   The Americans (Season Premiere) Tuesday at 10 p.m. on FX Why: Has there ever been a better time to start watching this show? It's the peak drama of the Peak TV era, featuring two of television's most compelling performances and stories that, while rooted in 30-year-old conflicts, feel chillingly relevant. The show began as an exploration of a complicated marriage couched within a thrilling spy drama. Now it's about the entire family, with Paige continuing to be a major focus. (Yes, there will be more for Henry coming this season, too). The beginning of the episode puts a twist on the family theme, but we quickly return to the teenage romance that's causing so much trouble. The final 10 minutes of the episode are an interesting distillation of what makes The Americans so unique. Philip, Elizabeth, and comrades spend several minutes silently digging a hole. Really. There's no dialogue and the action is... slow. When they eventually find what they're looking for, an unexpected development kicks off a shocking chain of events. Prepare to talk about: Whether any other drama in recent TV history has been this consistently excellent for this long; a seed planted several seasons ago that has sprouted; the new disguises (pilots and flight attendants and cowboys, oh my).   Love (Season Premiere) Friday at 3 a.m. on Netflix Why: Renewed for a third season a month before this one begins streaming, there's a lot of love at Netflix for Love . During the final minutes of Season 1, Mickey tracks down Gus (thanks to social media, natch), and admits to being a drug, alcohol, sex, and love addict (jackpot!), prompting Gus to kiss her. In some films and TV shows, that would lead to an uncomplicated happily ever after, but on Judd Apatow's anti-rom-com, things are bound to get even messier. Celebrated in large part for its realistic depiction of a one-step-forward, two-steps-back romance, the new season of Love continues to navigate the highs and lows of intimacy and commitment as Mickey and Gus, played by the stellar Gillian Jacobs and co-creator Paul Rust, come closer to revealing their true selves to each other. Prepare to talk about: Iris Apatow killing it as TV's other Arya; David Spade's guest spot as her father; how Bertie is an exile from Please Like Me .   The Vampire Diaries (Series Finale) Friday at 9 p.m. on The CW Why: Ready or not, after eight seasons and 170 episodes, it's time to say goodbye to Damon, Stefan, Caroline, Bonnie, and yes, Elena. That's right, there's a Delena reunion (which was spoiled long ago by the show's producers, so don't come at us), but that doesn't mean that this twisty CW drama's ending will be a totally happy one. As has been reported, someone was missing when the group filmed its final scene. But before the big reveal, viewers can expect another Founders' Day parade, a dramatic battle, and a ton of guest stars. It's bound to be epic. In fact, the episode is titled "I Was Feeling Epic" in a callback to Elena's (well, epic) monologue way back in the second episode: "We met, and we talked, and it was epic, but then the sun came up and reality set in." Prepare to talk about: How what could have been just another Twilight -for-TV knockoff grew into something much more interesting; the return of Ms. Dobrev; who kicked it.   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He thinks it should be Dalena instead of Delena, obviously. Follow him on Twitter . p { text-align: justify; }

Snapshot: Alison Wright, Exiled From The Americans (Perhaps), Hits Broadway

Ms. Wright discusses her characters on The Americans and The Feud, and her role in the Lynn Nottage play Sweat. ...Read More...

The Americans Producers Love Those Russian Hacking Jokes as Much as You Do

The Americans is a period drama about Soviet spies posing as Average Joe travel agents in the United States, set in the 1980s -- but lately, it feels very contemporary. Creator Joe Weisberg told at Sunday's Writers Guild Awards, where The Americans won best drama series, that the writers...   ...Read More...

The Americans' Holly Taylor Has an Awesome Pitch for How Paige Should End Up

  If The Americans showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg need some ideas on how to end the drama next year, Holly Taylor has a pretty great suggestion. Asked how she would want Paige's storyline to wrap up, the actress says she hopes the teen will follow in Philip ( Matthew Rhys ) and Elizabeth's (   ...Read More...

The Americans Season 5 Trailer: New Enemies, New Wigs and a New Paige?

When The Americans returns to FX next month, Philip and Elizabeth will faceplenty of new problems. But they might also have a new comradeinside their own home. In the just-released trailer for Season 5 (premiering Tuesday, March 7 at 10/9c), we see the married Sovietspies grooming their teen daughter Paige for a possible role in []

The Americans Season 5 Promo: Is Paige Heading to Spy School?

One of the biggest burning questions going into Season 5 of FXs The Americans: Is teen daughter Paige ready to join her parents in the spy game? A new promo might just offer a clue. In the just-released promo for Season 5 debuting Tuesday, March 7 at 10/9c we see Paige (Holly Taylor) []

The Americans: What to Expect in Season 5

  Few could have predicted that The Americans the acclaimed drama about two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., in the 1980s, would've been so relevant in 2017 but yet here we are, no? As the series approaches its finale -- Season 6 next year will be its last -- expect to see ...Read More...

'The Americans' Showrunners on Donald Trump, Current U.S.-Russian Relations

"To see things have spiraled so out of control, frankly, just doesn't feel so good," said show creator and former CIA officer Joe Weisberg of current political events. ...Read More...