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Here's why Philip Jennings is the best character on 'The Americans'

For fans of The Americans, it’s tough to pick between the Jennings parents. Both Philip and Elizabeth are so essential, so scary, so Russian. Yet we must choose only one to be the show’s best character, because, well, who doesn’t love a good game of spy-vs.-spy? And as great as both are, I’d say Matthew Rhys’ Philip has the edge over Keri Russell’s Elizabeth. Even if just by a (wig) hair.

Like his wife, Philip contains murderous multitudes: He’s a walking, running, snarling one-man show with own dense cast of characters. There’s Clark Westerfeld, the square C.I.A. bureaucrat who sometimes treats his wife—yes, a second wife—to wildly passionate romps in the hay. There’s Scott Birkeland, a Swedish intelligence officer who also plays the long con with women (all in the name of intel, natch). Those are just a few of his best undercover personae—only the most diligent KGB desk jockey could keep count of the countless wigs, mustaches, and turtlenecks Philip has sported to fool his marks.

But that’s not why he’s the best character on the show. READ FULL STORY

'The Americans': Hair department spills 8 tidbits about the show's outrageous '80s wig

One of the best parts of watching FX’s rollicking spy drama The Americans is getting to see just what Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell wear next — on their heads, that is.

Peg Schierholz, who leads the show’s hair department, has plenty to say about the fun that goes into creating the gorgeous 1980s styles that adorn Phillip, Elizabeth, and the rest of their Russian-American spy friends. And in fact, that’s why their hair is so big: it’s full of secrets.

Read on for eight little factoids we learned from Schierholz in anticipation of Wednesday night’s episode, which might answer a few questions fans have about one character’s locks in particular. READ FULL STORY

'The Americans' sets season 2 premiere date

FX has set the return of The Americans: Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed Cold War spy drama will premiere Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. The network previously announced the Jan. 7 return of Justified.

FX announces new drama 'The Americans' starring Keri Russell

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. READ FULL STORY

Keri Russell joins FX spy drama

Keri Russell will star in the FX drama pilot The Americans from Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies).

The pilot is about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C. in the early 1980’s. This is the official logline from FX: “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.”

The role of Phillip has yet to be cast.

Russell appeared last season in the shortlived Fox comedy Running Wilde.

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'Running Wilde': Fox not running back nine episodes

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Bad news for fans hoping to save Running Wilde: Fox confirmed with EW that they are not ordering a back nine of the Keri Russell-Will Arnett series. Though the freshman comedy has not been officially canceled, the network’s decision to not order additional episodes is concerning — this could mean Wilde might be running off the air sometime soon. The show had been suffering in the ratings: Two weeks ago, the series attracted just 2.9 million viewers. (That number, however, came with some silver lining: It was an 18 percent increase from the week prior.) Fox also decided to bench the series for November sweeps.

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OMG! Scoop: Keri Russell joins Fox's 'Arrested Development' reunion!

keri-russellImage Credit: Sara De Boer/Retna Ltd.God loves me. And this next sentence proves it: Keri Russell is returning to television in a new Fox sitcom produced by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and starring Will Arnett!

He loves me! READ FULL STORY

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