Back in October, we reported that FX was developing a drama series called The Americans. At the time, all we knew was that it centered on Russian spies living in the U.S. in the 1980s. Now FX has announced that they’ve ordered a pilot for the drama, and we’ve got a few more details on the series. The show follows the arranged marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in the suburbs of Washington DC.
The married spy couple have two children who are unaware of their parents’ true identities, but the duo’s relationship “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.” Furthermore, the father grows an affinity for America’s values and way of life. The series was created by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) who will executive produce alongside Justified’s Graham Yost. Hit the jump to read the full press release.Here’s the full press release:
LOS ANGELES, December 16, 2011 – FX has ordered its next drama pilot, The Americans, which was Created by Joe Weisberg, announced Nick Grad, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, FX.
The Americans is a drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC in the early 1980’s. 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.
Grad said, “Joe Weisberg has written one of the best pilot scripts we’ve ever read with two richly drawn and indelible characters embarking on an epically exciting, emotional, and morally complex journey.”
Weisberg will serve as Executive Producer of The Americans, alongside Executive Producer Graham Yost, who is also Executive Producer/Showrunner of FX’s Emmy® nominated hit drama series Justified. DreamWorks Television is also Executive Producer. The pilot is being produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.
Weisberg previously worked for the CIA and went on to become an accomplished author. He then moved into television becoming a writer/producer on TNT’s hit series Falling Skies.
Yost is recognized as one of the finest producers in television. In addition to the Peabody Award winning and AFI honoree Justified, Yost was Executive Producer on HBO’s epic, award-winning miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific, and he also created NBC’s critically acclaimed series Boomtown.
FX Productions co-produces the award winning hit drama series Sons of Anarchy, and critically acclaimed hit drama series Justified. FXP produces the critically acclaimed hit comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Louie, Archer, Wilfred, Unsupervised (premieres 1/19/12), and the untitled Russell Brand project (premieres spring 2012).
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series, an established film library of acquired box-office hit movies, an impressive lineup of acquired hit series, and sports. For more information, go to www.FXnetworks.com.