FX has ordered 13 episodes of new Cold War drama series The Americans, to premiere in 2013.
The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as two undercover KGB agents posing as American citizens in suburban DC during the Reagan presidency.
FX describe the project as follows:
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.
FX president John Landgraf said:
“We’re proud to welcome ‘The Americans,’ a taut 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.”
The Americans hails from Joe Weisberg and will be executive produced by Graham Yost, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The pilot will be directed by Gavin O’Connor. Production for that 2013 launch gets underway this October.