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First off, there are some unofficial indications that the show will be renewed for a fourth season. Commence cautious excitement! *g*

The Hollywood Reporter has an interview with Alison Wright (Martha) about her character's latest arc.

Yahoo has an interview with Matthew Rhys that's mostly about his appearance on another show (Archer), but gets into The Americans at the end.

This week gave us some really interesting critics' pieces about the show. First and foremost, there's this great one from Emily Nussbaum of the New Yorker.

...and next, this one from Alyssa Rosenberg of the Washington Post, which gets into the most upsetting scene from this past week's episode.

...and then there's the AV Club's piece arguing that it's the show's slow burn that's its best feature.

...and the Globe and Mail (Canadian national paper) calls it the creepiest show on TV.

...and Entertainment Weekly gives us an eclectic analysis of religion on the show.

...and Vulture talks about the show's use of Russian.

In less thinky coverage, there's this piece on what shooting the show in New York is like (spoilers for the rest of season three).

And the blogger at Cindiology tells us why she turns to The Americans instead of Fifty Shades of Grey for "mommy porn".

And finally, Grantland's critic Andy Greenwald invites actress Natalie Morales to come on to his semi-regular podcast for a discussion of the show (she's not on the show, but she's a superfan).
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First things first: let me just make a plug for that official podcast again. It is really just so wonderful, just every single week, and if you're a geeky The Americans fan who enjoys our conversations here and who isn't making time for the podcast, you're really missing out on something special. The distribution seems to be only through iTunes (link goes to the U.S. site, but it should forward you to your own country's site), but it's worth it, I swear, even for iTunes haters. (The podcasts are also available at the Soundcloud site for those who are iTunes-allergic.)

Noah Emmerich has been making the rounds doing interviews about his television directing debut and stuff going on with his character, and he's really been wonderfully eloquent about it all. Here's the gamut: Esquire, TVLine, the New York Daily News, Yahoo, Variety.

This interview with Alison Wright (Martha) goes into some detail about what she sees her character as suspecting and why.

Alyssa Rosenberg of the Washington Post argues that The Americans is one of the most beautiful shows on TV, and Rolling Stone argues that it's television's best drama (also noteworthy here: the CEO of FX tweeted this article with the comment "Yes it is"). And Entertainment Weekly tells us why we should be watching.

A bit of fun: conspiracy theories that The Americans and the new comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are secretly connected.

The staunchly left-wing Jacobin Magazine argued that the show "uses Soviet characters to valorise austerity". (and here's a critical response to that piece from a reader of the magazine).

And finally, some good ratings news: we have apparently bounced back to season-two levels.
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I meant to post this Tuesday or at least yesterday, but things have been nuts, and it didn't happen. Better late than never?

Two interviews with Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields: from Entertainment Weekly and from IGN. The pair also have an exclusive video commentary on that "intimate and excruciating" scene from this week.

Two interviews with Keri Russell: from Hitfix and from the LA Times.

Two interviews with Matthew Rhys: from Starpulse and from Collider.

One interview with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys from Paste Magazine.

Two interviews with Alison Wright (Martha): from Instyle and from HNGN

One interview with director Tommy Schlamme about the "intimate and excruciating" scene from this week.

The New Yorker has a piece on the "Afghanistan baggage" from this season.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a piece on spy shows that turn old plots on their heads, of which The Americans is one.

Headline Planet has some bad news about recent episodes' ratings.
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Two interviews with Matthew Rhys (Philip): one with U.S. National Public Radio (audio, 7.5 minutes), and one very long transcript of a conference call Rhys gave with various citizen media. (If the full transcript of the latter is too much in one place, Starrymag has an abbreviated version.)

This Hollywood Reporter piece by showrunner Joe Weisberg about his time in the CIA is fun (just ignore the silly title).

Two interviews with Alison Wright (Martha), from the Examiner, and from the Huffington Post.

An interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg) from Paste Magazine.

Annet Mahendru (Nina) linked on Twitter to a picture of an interview she gave that's nowhere to be found online.

And here's the Colbert Report appearance by Keri Russell (only viewable from within the U.S.).

TV Guide's Mega Buzz column has some spoilers for next week's season two finale.

Two new editorials that deal with The Americans: from the Huffington Post, "My take on The Americans," from Deseret News, "Most of America is conservative: Is TV finally catching up?"

This UK-based site has all sorts of TV scripts for download, including the The Americans pilot.

There is apparently a The Americans wiki now, and among other things, they have some suggestions for what to serve at a season two finale party.
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An interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip) in the Los Angeles Times.

An interview with Alison Wright (Martha) in Rolling Stone.

An interview with Holly Taylor (Paige) in Vulture.

An interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg) in Metro.

There's a The Americans recap video podcast being done by AfterBuzz, and the most recent one also has a guest spot by Costa Ronin (video, ~54 min). There's also an audio version of the podcast available here.

The Americans has come in at #2 in the new Hollywood Reporter "power rankings".

Recent data indicates that The Americans is the most time-shifted show of all in the U.S. (meaning that a larger percentage of our show's audience watches a recorded version of the show than is the case with any other show).

The official description of the finale has been released.

Better late than never, there's a Guardian review of the first season's box set.

And finally, FX has released a little mini-documentary about the show's vintage cars (visible only within the U.S.).
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A New Yorker piece about the pre-Internet technology that's been discussed in the most recent episodes.

An ABC News interview with Matthew Rhys (video, ~11.5 minutes), and a print one from Chicago Pride.

A Better TV (UK) interview with Alison Wright (video, ~4.5 minutes).

A Capitol File Magazine interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg), and a photo of the piece about him in TV Guide

An Interview Magazine interview with Aimee Carrero (Lucia), and another with PopSugar (video, ~2 minutes).

Time Magazine interviewed co-showrunner Joel Fields as a part of a piece on sexual assault survivors on television.

A Marshfield Mariner interview with Susan Misner (Sandra).

Three columns on the second season: from the Boston Herald, from ozy.com, and from Weld for Birmingham.

Two "Wig of the Week" installments from The Wire: one on Philip's Clark disguise, and another on Nina's emotional disguises.

The show has released an official video about the show's wardrobe (warning: visible only to viewers in the U.S.).

Elle has a feature about "TV daughters we love to hate," and Paige is mentioned.

The official description of episode 211 has been released.

The Sacramento Bee has a review of the Americans exhibit at the International Spy Museum.
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A Forbes interview with the David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios, about an executive's look at producing The Americans.

A Vulture interview with Alison Wright (Martha) on Martha's chances of survival and other matters.

An Esquire interview with South African actor Cliff Simon, who played Yossi-the-Mossad-agent in "The Deal" (episode 205).

A Shape interview with Avital Zeisler, the self-defense expert who trained Keri Russell (Elizabeth) how to fight using something that could pass as systema.

TV Guide's piece "Underneath the Wigs," based on an interview with hair and makeup artist Peg Schierholz.

A Greencastle Echo-Pilot interview with makeup artist Lori Hicks.

An FX-produced mini-documentary takes a look at the KGB Rezidentura and what it took to build the set.

The official description has been released for episode 210.

Columnist Blake Rutherford from Arkansas Business makes a comparison between the show's political stories and the real-life politics of today.

There are some new spoilers from TV Guide's Ask Ausiello column.

The fashion blog Into the Gloss has a piece on how to replicate Elizabeth's early 80s look.

The Americans is now airing in Israel, with each episode airing the Sunday after it aired in the U.S. and Canada.

And there are two new 8tracks.com fanmixes for the show: Sorry I Didn't Kill You and Party At Ground Zero.
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The recaps for episodes 203 and 204 are being gathered here and here, respectively.

Relatedly, a wonderful analysis of "A Little Night Music" (204) by The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum. (I'm actually not sure if this counts as a conventional episode recap or not! Eh, I'm putting it here.)

The title and description for episode 209 have been released.

An interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan) in The Providence Journal.

An interview with Alison Wright (Martha) in Divine Caroline.

Two pieces on the wigs on the show: from Vulture, and from The Wire.

From Esquire, a look at how the show designs its '80s sets.

Looks like the ratings have rebounded a little bit from episode 203's all-time-low. Small favours?

The blog Chick Flicking Reviews has reviewed the show.

Someone has made a fannish music mix for the show called "The Illegals".
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I'll start with two recent pieces that really get into some detail about the show and the making of it: a great interview with the The Americans editors from Editors Guild Magazine, and a piece with a focus on Keri Russell from Capitol File Magazine. Both have very (very very!) minor spoilers for storylines in season two.

Next, a satisfying "guide to the TV galaxy" from the Weekly Wonk (a U.S.-based political magazine) that focuses primarily on awesome non-U.S. shows, but pays tribute to our show as well. :)

And finally, some tiny tidbits from Twitter:

Non-spoileriffic: a cute photo of a cat on Matthew Rhys' chair, a shot of the actors who play Martha, Nina, and Sandra together at a recent fundraiser, and a picture of showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg together on set while filming.

Mildly spoileriffic: a shot of a prop from a corner of a set, a shot of the filming of an outdoor scene, a shot of Keri Russell in disguise, two tweets from writer Angelina Burnett about the shooting of an episode that she wrote (including one very intriguing spoiler!), and a photo of a script that reveals the title for season two, episode four.

(Heads-up to the spoilerphobes: there may be discussion of the spoilers linked to above in the comments.)
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Now that the new season of our beloved show has started filming (airdates are to follow, but they're saying "January" for the U.S. and Canada), tiny not-particularly-spoilery spoilers are starting to leak out on Twitter.

cut to spare the PARTICULARLY spoiler-averse, but honestly, these really aren't all that spoilery! )

And for the Tweeps out there, here are some The Americans Twitter personalities that you might be interested in following:

@joeweisberg: Joe Weisberg, creator, writer, showrunner.
@joelfields: Joel Fields, writer & co-showrunner.
@matthewrhys: Matthew Rhys (Philip)
@noahemmerich: Noah Emmerich (Stan)
@annetmahendru: Annet Mahendru (Nina)
@alison__wright: Alison Wright (Martha)
@hollytaylor97: Holly Taylor (Paige)
@keidrichsellati: Keidrich Sellati (Henry)
@richardthomas_1: Richard Thomas (Agent Gaad)
@m_nussbaum: Molly Nussbaum, one of the writing team
@DerekSimonID4: Derek Simon, one of the writing team
@theamericansFX: The official U.S.-based Twitter account for the show
@theamericansUK: The official UK-based Twitter account for the show

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