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Costa Ronin Talks His Role On ‘The Americans’ And His Upcoming Part in ‘Extant’

June 13th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
Costa Ronin Talks His Role On  ‘The Americans’ And His Upcoming
Costa Ronin is not unlike the character he plays on FX's The Americans. He's not a KGB officer, but like Oleg Burov, he's disarmingly charming and incredibly smart. It's not surprising that Oleg went from the character we loved to hate, to the character we kind of loved. We had the opportunity to chat with Costa recently about joining The Americans, his upcoming part in CBS's big-budget sci-fi show Extant, and the journey of an actor to watch out for.

What was it like for him to be a part of the most intrigue-laden show on TV? Unpredictable might be a good word for it. "You never know what...

Our 5 Favorite Wigs Keri Russell Wore In Season 2 Of 'The Americans'

May 25th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
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The second season of FX's Russian-spies-undercover-in-the-80s drama The Americans has come to a close. And what a season! I won't go into specific spoilers here but last night's finale revealed who killed Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip's (Matthew Rhys) fellow suburban spies way back in the premiere. And in other developments, Paige might be getting a whole different type of education next season. *shiver*

All due respect to talented thespian Keri Russell, but the real stars of the show are those hilarious wigs she wears for her undercover ops. To quote a number ("Wig In A Box") from...

'The Americans' Season 2 Finale: Second Generation

May 22nd, 2014 8:42am EDT
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The Americans Season 2 finale stunned us with unforeseen twists and surprises at just about every turn, and the most powerful and long-reaching at the end.

First, in a breathtaking scene in the woods, we find that Jared killed his parents and sister. Totally unexpected, but, like all good twists, makes perfect sense once explained. Jared was a teenage boy with a gun, who couldn't brook his father's opposition to what the Centre was bestowing on him: the manhood of being an operative in the cause. Tragically, his mother and sister just got in the way. And all of that was preceded by a sma...

Matthew Rhys Looks Back On Season 2 Of FX's 'The Americans'

May 21st, 2014 2:09pm EDT
Matthew Rhys Looks Back On Season 2 Of FX's 'The Americans'
FX's The Americans has been charging along all season long, and tonight the Cold War spy drama is poised to go out with a bang. Before the finale, we sat down for a second time with series star Matthew Rhys to look back on season two and maybe even a little ahead to season three.

How has he continued to brilliantly add layer after layer to the character of Philip Jennings in season two? Matthew told us it's a team effort. "It feels, to me, it’s an amalgamation of a number of things," he said. "Sometimes writers take from what they see and steer a character in that way. The evolution can be...

'The Americans' Season 2 Episode 12: Espionage in Motion

May 15th, 2014 6:05pm EDT
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Lots of motion in the excellent episode 2.12 of The Americans, mainly and literally involving Jared, son of the Soviet spy couple slain at the beginning of the season.

Elizabeth needs to get him out of town, and quickly, lest he fall prey to the killer who murdered Kate and likely murdered Jared's family. Larrick, the killer, proves to be formidable indeed. In one of the best sequences of the series, Elizabeth keeps one step ahead of Larrick - barely - as she stops at a place where Jared can leave his clothes and bag (which turns out to have a tracker), and then a train station where h...

'The Americans' Season 2 Episode 9: Gimme That Old Time Religion

April 24th, 2014 10:09am EDT
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An unusual and memorable The Americans 2.9 in which, though there was plenty of physical violence, the story hinged on psychological violence, and the mental health and self-control of the usually well-grounded Phil.

The trigger is the quick series of deaths Phil meets out at the beginning of the episode on a mission. As he later tells Elizabeth, such killings on behalf of their work are easier for her than for him. She takes some exception to this, but we've seen this to be manifestly true.

The accelerant, which nearly pushes Phil over the edge, is daughter Paige's immersion in her new...

'The Americans' Season 2 Episode 7: Embryonic Internet and Lie Detection

April 10th, 2014 8:15am EDT
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The Americans 2.7 was better than usual - which is to say, very good indeed - with an episode that had our Soviet anti-heroes putting a "rat"-sized bug into the ARPANET, and the best we've seen so far about Nina caught between Oleg and Stan.

Who knows if the Soviets really tried to hack the precursor of the Internet in the early 1980s, but it's a certainly plausible and makes a good story. The Americans handled this all with its customary aplomb, including Phil not really getting the virtual highway jargon, though he's able to speak it. What is undisputed in our real history is that our g...

'The Americans' Season 2 Episode 3: Family Versus Mission

March 13th, 2014 9:53am EDT
'The Americans' Season 2 Episode 3:  Family Versus Mission
The Americans 2.3 continued its strange, compelling mix of family life and edge-of-your-seat spy drama. It's like no other show on television, and in fact is on the edge precisely because love of family is always in the passenger seat as the driver completes a mission.

Consider, for example, what happens when the guy in the parts plant realizes that Elizabeth is not who she says she is, and Elizabeth sees this in the guy's face. The smart thing to do would be to kill this guy, after Elizabeth and Phillip get what they want from him. He shows Elizabeth pictures of his family, in a last dit...

'The Americans' 2.1-2: The Paradox of the Spy's Children

March 8th, 2014 1:58pm EST
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Good to see The Americans back in swing for its second season - off to the series' customarily excellent start of surprises, intrigue, and sudden death waiting around the corner, and one of the best openers in television.

The most brutal deaths actually took place in a hotel room in the first episode last week, and the execution of this family - father, mother, and daughter - provides a wake-up call not only for the Jennings but the audience. The slain family is almost in every respect an alternate of the Jennings - Soviet spies in Washington, with a real son (who is not killed, because ...

'The Americans': Memorable Moments From 'Cardinal'

March 6th, 2014 9:20am EST
'The Americans': Memorable Moments From 'Cardinal'
What do you need to know about last night’s episode of The Americans? What were the best moments? Everything you need to know is here.


After the mysterious murders of fellow spies, Emmett, Leanne, and their daughter Amelia, things are tenser than ever with the Jennings. Elizabeth is on the constant look out for threats, even from the supposed safety of her home. She distrustfully eyes everybody, from maintenance men across the street to cars following her on the highway. While Phillip is away, she is forced to do double duty as mom and spy. A green Nicaraguan spy calls for help afte...

'The Americans': Memorable Moments From 'Comrades'

February 27th, 2014 9:14am EST
'The Americans': Memorable Moments From 'Comrades'
Plot: Elizabeth returns home after recovering from the gunshot wound she received at the end of last season. She is immediately thrown back into the fray, attending her child’s birthday party and having sex with a target for a mission during the course of a single day. She and Phillip work together with another spy couple, Emmett and Leanne, who are strikingly similar, set with a fake marriage, two children, and a convincingly perfect life.

During what should be a standard pick up at a carnival, the spy couple is killed in their hotel room, along with their teenage daughter. Their deaths ...

Matthew Rhys Reveals Secrets Of 'The Americans' Season 2

February 26th, 2014 2:34pm EST
Matthew Rhys Reveals Secrets Of 'The Americans' Season 2
FX's critically acclaimed The Americans is back tonight, and before we get into another season of Cold War intrigue, BFTV had the chance to chat with star Matthew Rhys - who plays the Russian spy we know as Philip Jennings - to ask him about sophomore spoilers and the one thing about the show that still makes him nervous. SPOILER ALERT: This interview contains discussion of themes in the second season of The Americans. If you don't want to know anything going into tonight's premiere, don't read this interview until after you've seen the episode.

"This season, as opposed to last season wher...

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch 'The Americans'

February 26th, 2014 2:32pm EST
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FX currently airs some of the best shows on television. With Justified, Archer, Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Louie, it really is an embarrassment of riches for a single network. FX is the rare network that allows show runners to do their own thing, with minimal interference. That alone should be a glowing endorsement for The Americans, a series that follows two KGB spies during the Cold War.

Elizabeth and Philip Jennings have been undercover as normal US citizens for over a decade. By day they pretend to be the perfect married couple and pa...

Joe Weisberg And Joel Fields Talk 'The Americans'

February 11th, 2014 4:06pm EST
Joe Weisberg And Joel Fields Talk 'The Americans'
FX's spy drama The Americans, starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Cold War-era Russian spies, has arrived on Blu-Ray and DVD, plus there's a second season just around the corner. To see what we could figure out about the hit show, we enlisted series creator Joe Weisberg and his co-writer Joel Fields to answer some questions for us. (You can also check out our interview with executive producer Graham Yost.) Here's what we learned from Joe and Joel.

Firstly, you're not going to get them to name a favorite installment from the show so far. "We particularly like the first thirteen episod...

Graham Yost Looks Back On Season 1 Of 'The Americans'

February 10th, 2014 12:10pm EST
Graham Yost Looks Back On Season 1 Of 'The Americans'
We know and love him for being the showrunner of Justified, but Graham Yost is also executive producer of another hit FX series, The Americans. With season one of the Cold War spy thriller headed to home video tomorrow, we sat down with Graham to look back on its opening cycle and prepare ourselves for next month's new episodes.

Graham is one of the best producers and writers working in television today; his credits include the criminally underappreciated Boomtown and HBO's war epics Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Currently, in addition to overseeing Justified, he has an EP credit on bo...

Keri Russell Linked To Her 'Americans' Co-Star Matthew Rhys

December 27th, 2013 2:00pm EST
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It's a story that's been heard a million times - a married star works on a television show (or film), splits with spouse, and starts fling with co-star.

"The Americans" star Keri Russell, who recently annouced she broke up with her husband of seven years, is reportedly dating her co-star Matthew Rhys.

Earlier this month, the actress's publicist confirmed Russell's marriage to Shane Deary was over, revealing they  had been living separtely since early summer.

Reports have surfaced that Russell and Rhys are more than just colleagues and friends. They were spotted shopping in her Brooklyn, ...

FX Spy Drama 'The Americans' Leads TCA Awards Nominations

June 10th, 2013 7:53pm EDT
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FX drama The Americans has landed four 2013 Television Critics Association (TCA) awards, leading the nominations despite some sure competition from the likes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and House of Cards in the Program of the Year category.

"The Americans," which stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as a pair of covert Soviet spies, is also up for the Outstanding Achievement in Drama, Best New Program and Best Individual Achievement In Drama (Rhys) awards; While AMC's "Breaking Bad" picked up nods for Program, Achievement in Drama and the Acting for star Bryan Cranst...

'The Americans' Ties As Most-Watched First Season of Any FX Drama

May 24th, 2013 9:25am EDT
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The Americans, the most critically-acclaimed new drama of the year and recipient of four Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations, concluded its first season tied for most-watched FX freshman drama ever, and as the #1 most time-shifted drama in FX history.

Inclusive of Live+7 data, The Americans averaged 3.4 million Total Viewers, tying it with Justified as the most-watched first season of any FX drama series (13 total). Also, The Americans ranked #3 in Adults and Men 25-54; #4 among Men 18-49, Men 18-34 and Women 25-54; and #5 among Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49.

Season one of The Ame...

Creative Team Behind 'The Americans' On What Fans Can Expect In Season 2

May 9th, 2013 10:30am EDT
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If last week’s season finale of FX’s The Americans left you incredibly anxious for the second season coming next year, you might take some solace in some highlights from a recent press conference call with the creator, executive producer and writer Joe Weisberg and executive producer, writer Joel Fields.

If you haven’t seen all the way through the last episode, you’ll want to stop reading now:

Weisberg on where the idea for the show came from. “In 2010, if you remember, there were a bunch of Russian intelligence service spies who were arrested in the United States and a lot of people were...

Noah Emmerich On Playing FBI Agent Stan Beeman On 'The Americans'

April 17th, 2013 10:30am EDT
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While the male and female leads of FX’s The Americans are KGB agents, you can’t help but root for them.

Luckily there is one “real” American worth rooting for on the show: next door neighbor and FBI Agent Stan Beeman.

Stan’s portrayer Noah Emmerich recently participated in a conference call with reporters. Here are the highlights. (Spoilers if you aren’t all caught up with the show.)

On how much research he did to prepare for playing an FBI Agent. “I spoke to a couple of ex-FBI agents, one of whom had been in counterintelligence, one of them had just been with the bureau in a more domest...

Matthew Rhys Dishes On 'The Americans' And His Character Philip Jennings

March 19th, 2013 11:24am EDT
Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings
One of the most fascinating TV marriages right now, is between Philip and Elizabeth on FX’s The Americans. Sure, they’re KGB spies in the 1980s trying to bring down the Americans while posing as an American couple, but there’s a real love story there.

If you’re all caught up with the latest episode, you might want to check out some interesting tidbits from Matthew Rhys, who plays Philip, after a recent conference call with reporters. He discusses the marriage, Philip’s frame of mind and more.

The highlights are below. The Americans airs on Wednesday at 10 pm ET on FX.

On how his characte...

FX's 'The Americans' Preview: Spy Drama With More Questions Than Answers

January 30th, 2013 11:57am EST
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FX is bringing viewers back to the Cold War with their new original series The Americans, which is the channel's attempt at an espionage thriller. It's an ambitious attempt that should draw in spy buffs, but this freshman series has a few steps more to go before it completes its mission of winning over audiences.

When it comes to their original drama series, FX never does anything lightly, and The Americans is no exception. It does its best to ground us in the period, opening in 1981 and moving forward from there, as we're introduced to Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) and his wife Elizabeth...