Paging Mr. and Mrs. Smith!
FX has just ordered 13 episodes of a new drama series, The Americans, created by Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies), which will premiere in early 2013. The show will star Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban D.C. shortly after Reagan is elected president.
“The arranged marriage of Phillip (Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Russell), 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. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbor, Stan (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent working in counter intelligence,” the network describes in a statement.
“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 John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks, in a press release.
The Americans marks one of Keri Russell’s first leading TV roles since Felicity. She was last seen on television in Running Wilde, a short-lived Fox comedy co-starring Will Arnett.