FX has ordered 13 episodes of the spy series “The Americans” starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, the network announced Thursday.
The drama is set in the 1980s and centers on the complex, arranged marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC. Russell and Rhys play Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, who relationship “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.” That includes their two children, who have no idea their own parents are spy guys.
Emmerich plays their new neighbor Stan, an FBI agent working counter intelligence, who, needless to say, causes tension for the couple.
Created by executive producer and showrunner Joe Weisberg, the series is executive produced by “Justified” creator Graham Yost, Justin Favley and Darryl Frank. It’s scheduled to air in early 2013.
This will be Russell’s first leading role in a drama since audiences fell in lover with her as “Felicity.” She was last seen on TV costarring with Will Arnett in the canceled Fox sitcom “Running Wilde.” Matthew Rhys is known for his role as Kevin Walker on the ABC drama “Brothers and Sisters.” Noah Emmerich recently appeared on TV in “The Walking Dead” and “White Collar.”
“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,” said FX president John Landgraf in a statement. “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.”