Emmys!

Jul. 14th, 2016 10:43 am
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Congratulations to The Americans for finally breaking through into the Emmy big leagues! Five total nominations, including Drama, Actor (Matthew Rhys), Actress (Keri Russell), and Writing-Drama (Joe Weisberg/Joel Fields).
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 Variety posted an interview with Keri and Matthew talking in general about the show and hinting at some of the themes for S4. 




And Joel Fields posted a photo to his Twitter account, implying that Matthew Rhys will be directing episode 8! I can't remember right now, but is Noah also directing this season again? 

Anyway, I hope this was ok to post and that the format is fine. First time for me! :-)

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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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Some links to whet your appetite for tonight's episode (though as last year, the episode-specific links are have been added to the episode post instead of being posted here):

Writing staff member/script coordinator Molly Nussbaum will be doing a new podcast on the show at Slate! Here's the first episode, which consists of a great interview with the showrunners.

An interview with Matthew Rhys for Backstage, and a few more for Hitfix, Variety, Digital Journal, Spinoff, and FashionNStyle.

An interview with Keri Russell with Starpulse.

The "Watching The Americans" podcast have an interview with Kelly AuCoin (Pastor Tim).

Director Tommy Schlamme talks about his work on The Americans, as well as two of his other projects: West Wing and Manhattan.

Slate has an interview with the The Americans set designers that goes into depth on the particulars (with lots of pictures!).

Rahul Khanna (Yousaf) did an interview with the Times of India in which he decried the censorship of his nude scenes in the premiere in his home country.

SpoilerTV will be doing an interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina) and are looking for suggestions on questions.

A writer from the Daily Beast had been putting off trying the show, finally forced himself to watch, and loved it.

A piece in US News and World Report talks about all the ways the show is more an exaggeration of real spying than a representation of it.

A piece in the Huffington Post talks about being a background actor (extra) on the show.

A piece in the New York Post about male nudity on television talks about The Americans, among other shows.

A few spoiler pieces for tonight's episode: from Movie News Guide, and to TV Equals.

Vogue has a list of reasons why you should watch season three, while the Huffington Post has a piece with eight reasons (among many) to love The Americans.

A fluffy little video promo for the show with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys from TV Guide Magazine.
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I wasn't planning on doing another one of these before the premiere, but there's been just so much good stuff last night and today!

First up, more season three reviews! From Grantland's Andy Greenwald (if you read only one of these, make it this one), from Vox's Todd VanDerWerff (if you read only two of these, make it the previous one and this one), from Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz, from TIME's James Poniewozik, from Slate's Willa Paskin, from Salon's Sonia Saraiya, from the Washington Post's Hank Stuever, from the New Republic's Esther Breger, a double dose from Yahoo from Kimberly Potts and Ken Tucker, as well as from the AV Club, the Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, and TV Guide.

Next up, interviews!

Three interviews with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields: from Starpulse, from Worldscreen, and last but not least, from TIME Magazine (specifically dealing with their reaction to this week's real-life Russian spy bust in New York).

Four Three Two interviews with Matthew Rhys: from IndieWire, from seat42f.com, from the Wall Street Journal, and from Monsters and Critics.

Three Two interviews with Keri Russell: from the Hollywood Reporter, from The Today Show (video, ~4 min.), and from USA Today.

Two interviews with Holly Taylor (Paige): from Hitfix and from the North Jersey Record.

One interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina): from Rediff India Abroad

Finally, the Den of Geek site argues that The Americans is the best show you're not watching, Yahoo has some photos of the cast's wig transformations, and the cast and creatives attempt to recap the show to date in thirty seconds.
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Canada's National Post has an interview with showrunner Joe Weisberg, and Joe was also featured in this Washington Post piece about former spies now writing for television.

Two interviews with Keri Russell about season three (spoilers abound): Showbizjunkies and NuketheFridge. Showbizjunkies also did a similar interview with Matthew Rhys.

Rahul Khanna (Yousaf Rana) gave a kind of fluffy interview to Savvy Magazine in which he talked about his turn on The Americans.

A few extra spoilers in advance of Wednesday's season three debut: one about Philip and one about Martha. There are also two pieces (from Fox News and from the Wall Street Journal) with spoilers for a particular Elizabeth scene from the first episode of the season.

Some reviews of season three are starting to come in: from Columbus Alive, from Forbes, and from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

A blog post that argues that The Americans is so good because it refuses to make viewers comfortable.

And finally, a fun little piece from a reporter who went on a tour of the set and reports on which books and music are in the bedrooms of the various Jenningses.
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The Americans has made more critics' end-of-year best-of lists: Sam Woolf of We Got This Covered (at #1), Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall (at #2), Artforum's J. Hoberman (on the list of "top ten films (!)" at #4), Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture (at #6), The Hitfix TV critics' poll (at #6), Dan Fienberg of Hitfix (at #7), Cinemablend's Jessica Rawden (at #7), Joanne Ostrow from The Denver Post (at #9), Matt Fowler of IGN (at #18), Maureen Ryan from the Huffington Post (unnumbered), and the American Film Institute (unnumbered). Metacritic has also crunched the numbers and found that overall, our show has done better than any other show when it comes to ranked "best-of" lists.

TV Ate My Wardrobe is honouring The Americans for being the best in television costuming.

And finally, both Matthew Rhys (Philip) and Keri Russell (Elizabeth) have been named as long-shot potential nominees for a Golden Globe this year.
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More on the New York Comic-Con panel: a little writeup from Hitfix, from Vulture, from Bleeding Cool, from Film Book, and from IBITimes.

Here are some picture sets from the same panel, on Facebook and on Flickr.

And here are some videos from the panel or interviews surrounding the panel (some of these are not viewable by people outside of the U.S.): interview with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, panel excerpt from Keri Russell discussing her character's relationship with Paige, panel excerpt on Stan, panel excerpt on Nina, panel excerpt on pranks, panel excerpt on alter egos.

In non Comic-Con news, this Dutch-language piece has a casting spoiler for season three. I'll provide a translation under the cut )

Our own [personal profile] quantumreality has another short post on symmetries in The Americans.

And finally, just look at this picture of Paige & Henry from the start of season three! All grown up.
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I attended The Americans panel event at NYCC and wanted to share some insights/thoughts/observations with you! This is my first post, so I'm kind of nervous, but hope you enjoy . . .

NYCC crowd.
I sat in the third row. The panel discussion had a good turn out, which was surprising to me, because I don’t consider The Americans a Comic Con-type-of-show. Maybe a “quasi-Comic Con” show?? I eavesdropped on the conversations around me. Nobody sitting around me had seen Season 2. A few people had never seen the show, but were huge Felicity fans.
  • How I’d summarize the general audience consensus about Season 1: “took some time to get into it, but then the s&*^ got real.”

First 8-10 minutes—a montage of clips from “Echo.” The people around me chuckled a little when Philip and Elizabeth woke up Paige & Henry. I wonder if those who had never seen the show understood what was happening.
  • My Personal Side Note. NYCC marked the first time I viewed The Americans on the big screen and what a delightful experience it was!!! I never realized how well the show translates on a big movie screen. I have viewed “Echo” about a million times on both my television and my mini iPad, yet on the movie screen, I enjoyed the episode 200% more than I already did.  I’m kind of shocked at how much I enjoyed seeing the show on a movie screen. I’ve never enjoyed watching movies for MANY reasons, but I will discuss the two most prominent reasons. First, I don’t find movie theatres to be an intimate setting. Physical space matters to me—when I watch something, I need to feel the comforts of my home.  I did not subjectively enjoy the first The X-Files movie, because I was so accustomed to watching the show from my bed. Second, I have a difficult time investing in characters within a two-hour time span. Ironically, I was hooked on The Americans Pilot within the first hour because I though it displayed the visual feel of a movie and I emotionally connected with the characters rather quickly. **Btw, for The Americans' final season (yes, I know—a depressing thought), I hope we get a 2-hour season premiere/finale with the budget the show had for the Pilot. **
  • I admit that I don’t think I would have enjoyed viewing “Echo” on the big screen if it was my first time seeing the episode. I’m still on the   fence if I would ever want to see a movie adaptation of The Americans. Of course, this point is moot, because sadly the show is not         profitable enough on the small screen to justify a movie. Nonetheless, an intriguing thought. 

Commie Con T-shirts.  As I am sure you all noticed, the entire gang was wearing the same shirt. The shirt was Matthew Rhys’ idea. Because he grew up in South Wales, which had “Communist influence,” he thought there was a convention called “Commie Con” in Wales and confused it with “Comic Con.” I received a free The Americans bag, but I would have preferred the t-shirt—just sayin’.

Andy Greenwald was a superb moderator—no surprise there. He knew when to keep quiet and when he did ask questions, they were insightful, eloquent, intelligent, and humorous—just like his essays!

Panel Discussion. General disclaimer: not too many spoilers were revealed. Did any of you seriously expect any hardcore spoilers? Nonetheless, here’s a list of discussions I noted:
• First question was for the writers and their experience writing the show, given that they have two seasons under their belt. Joe Weisberg said the first season was the most exhausting.
• Andy Greenwald made a funny comment/observation about Philip’s love for cowboy attire. He noted that during season one, Philip donned the boots and a pervert took a beating and during the second season, he donned the hat and a busboy got killed. He then asked Matthew Rhys what would happen if Philip actually did end up in Texas. Matthew Rhys said he’d bring a lasso with him.
• Andy Greenwald asked whether Stan was going to have a better time next season. There was conversation about the Phil-Stan racquetball scenes—the writers had fun with that set. Writers seemed to hint at some Phil/Stan scenes next season.
• There will be focus on Afghanistan next season and Joe Weisberg is REALLY excited about that.  Don't ask Joel Fields why Joe Weisberg is really excited :-P
• Andy Greenwald asked about the multiple levels of acting (the actors have to act like Philip and Elizabeth, who in turn, have to act like other personas in disguise). Matthew Rhys said that Philip doesn’t have to be a great actor; he just has to convince the person sitting in front of him.
• Season 3 will focus on parenting—nothing new there. Nina will live (yes, there are STILL people asking this question).
• Noah Emmerich joked about how he still confuses Joel with Joe.
• Andy Greenwald asked whether the writers come up with material/stories based on the disguises. The writers agreed that "Clark" is the one disguise they write to the most.
• Season 2 disguises will return in Season 3 and will be fleshed out (YAY!)

Audience questions.  A majority of questions were ones you’ve read in every interview (e.g., what’s your favorite disguise), but here are some questions that elicited funny and/or interesting responses:
• A person asked about experience in researching old school technology. Joe Weisberg remarked that unfortunately, he didn’t have to research the technology because he actually remembered using the technology. The entire panel began to laugh. Then, he clarified that technically only he, Joel Fields, and Noah Emmerich are old enough to remember. Noah Emmerich then quipped, “Remembered what? Wearing shoes?”
• Both Andy Greenwald and an audience member asked about the on and off -screen dynamics between the actors. Specifically, an audience member noted that both Noah Emmerich/Annet Mahendru and Matthew Rhys/Keri Russell film a majority of their scenes together. Thus, how do the respective acting pairs “cool” off after filming, because they spend long hours together tackling dark subject matter.
o Annet Mahendru joked that Noah Emmerich tells “knock-knock” jokes
o Noah Emmerich said that he and Annet Mahendru have a good time after filming, but noted that he’s weary of bonding TOO much with any of his co-stars off-screen, because he’s afraid of how their off-screen relationship might affect the dynamics of a particular scene (e.g., sometimes a scene calls for an argument; other times, a scene calls for amorous eye gazes). Matthew Rhys took keen interest in Noah Emmerich’s remarks and nodded in agreement with him. **I really liked Noah Emmerich’s answer. I admire that he’s the consummate professional and his answer shows just how much he cares about the characters and the overall integrity of the show. As I noted before, Matthew Rhys definitely respected and agreed with Noah Emmerich’s answer—good to know they have the same ideals for the show : D **
o Matthew Rhys apologized for mentioning the “slapping” story again and joked that his relationship with Keri Russell had not changed off- screen since filming the Pilot because she still slaps him. :P
• A woman in the audience asked whether Nina is pregnant, because the writers said that next season’s focus is on parenting. The entire panel and audience laughed. Matthew Rhys joked that the writers are now scribbling down notes. Then, the woman waited at the microphone and said, “Well, you didn’t answer my question.” There was an awkward silence and of course, the writers and actors were mum. I read an article, in which the author surmised that Nina is pregnant, because the writers’ silence implied that she was pregnant. **My personal take—I don’t think the writers’ silence is an implication that Nina is pregnant. Well, at least, I will give the writers a benefit of the doubt that they will not be resorting to such a cliché, soap opera-ish rouse **

A little side story.  I attended NYCC immediately after I left a meeting, so I was dressed in a conservative attorney’s outfit. When I entered the Javits Center, I immediately thought about how out-of-place I looked. Coincidentally, for some reason, the audience for The Americans panel was also inappropriately dressed for NYCC. Matthew Rhys noted the attire in the audience and joked, “I want to congratulate this particular audience for showing the spirit of Comic Con. Given that you’re supposed to dress up in costumes, I appreciate this audience’s very subtle costume choices—clearly, I see you’re fans of the show because you’ve dressed like The Americans.” [Paraphrase] As much as I loved the Commie Con shirts, I would’ve paid a million bucks to see all of the actors dress up in disguise for the panel discussion.

Personal Musings/Vents/Rants
• I am so incredibly happy Matthew Rhys attended NYCC. Matthew Rhys was not originally scheduled to attend NYCC; only Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, and Annet Mahendru were originally scheduled to attend. Matthew Rhys was clearly the highlight of the panel and was hilarious! I want to start a Twitter petition to get Matthew Rhys to host SNL to promote The Americans Season 3 opening. Anyone want to join???
• I’m also SO happy that nobody discussed the “69” scene from Season 2. Seriously, people—get over it! Sorry, but I thought that was the most over-hyped scene of Season 2. I guess I’m in the minority . . .
• I missed Alison Wright and Susan Misner at the panel. I would’ve loved to see Holly Taylor and Keidrich Sellati, too! (Neat side story: I take acting lessons on the side and I just found out my coach is in the same theatre group w/ Alison Wright--how cool is that?!?! I'll get to meet and see her the next time she performs!)
• Dear person sitting next to me—Please do not bring gross smelling food with you. That’s rude. I felt like puking for the first 5 minutes of the panel discussion.
• I sat in the third row, so I had REALLY good seats. However, if you want first & second-row seats, you have to come to the room when the doors open. The people in the front two rows were not fans of The Americans; they came to the room at 10 AM to claim seats because they were waiting for a comic book panel discussion in the room.

Miscellaneous Tidbits
• I think I heard Andy Greenwald say something about Joe Weisberg guest starring? Sorry, I didn’t hear the complete context, because I was trying to prevent myself from puking :< UPDATE:  I just found out on Twitter that Joe Weisberg will be guest starring on The Good Wife tonight.   So take that--The Walking Dead season premiere. 
• Season 3 will start in January—only 3 months away!!!
• Season 2 DVDs come out on December 16th!

***Pictures to be posted soon***
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There has been a lot of outrage from critics about The Americans not getting much "Emmy love"--enough that I'm not even going to try to link to all of it. But here are the best pieces I could find that mention the show as having been snubbed: from Grantland's Andy Greenwald, from TIME's James Poniewozick, from Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall, and from Vox's Todd Vanderwerff (formerly of the AV Club).

In better news, co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields have signed a long-term development deal with FX that probably means not only more seasons of The Americans, but also additional co-productions between the two of them in the future.

Keri Russell has been doing some interviews to promote her new movie, and is sometimes getting asked about The Americans as well (or bringing it up herself): in an interview with MTV, and in another with the Miami Herald.

Forbes talks in some detail about binge-watching The Americans in an article about the difficulties of binge-watching.

The Americans has made Rolling Stone's list of the best TV of 2014 so far, and Forbes' 14 best moments on TV in 2014's first half.

Only sort-of related to The Americans, but still potentially interesting: the Windsor Star is reporting on the recent declassification of a large store of files about the Soviet illegals. (The Americans is mentioned as having been inspired by the historical events surrounding that information.)

And finally, a German fan is blogging about the show at the blog "Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen" (in German).
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A little later than usual, so you get an extra-large dose!

Deadline and Hollywood Reporter both have interviews with Matthew Rhys (Philip). Deadline also has an interview with Keri Russell (Elizabeth).

Goldderby continues its series of Skype interviews with an interview with the show's composer, Nathan Barr. TVgoodness.com also reports on an evening with Barr and fellow television composer Jeff Russo.

Indiawest features a short interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina).

The two-punch hit of the The Americans season opener and the season finale made Indiewire's list of the most shocking TV moments of 2014 so far. Three of the show's episodes also made the list of Goldderby's top thirty drama episodes of the Emmy season.

The Critics' Choice Awards have been and gone. The show may not have won any of the things it was nominated for, but Matthew Rhys (Philip) was a presenter. The Hollywood Reporter also talks about what the show's nominations for those awards could mean for potential Emmy nominations.

Speaking of the Emmys, Alan Sepinwall from Hitfix has been putting out "if I had an Emmy ballot" columns, and representatives of the show have made his lists for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Hitfix's Daniel Fienberg also picked the show itself for Outstanding Drama Series.

TV Guide is also choosing folks from The Americans for Emmy nominations for Supporting Actress in a Drama and Lead Actor in a Drama.

TV.com also has the show represented in its picks for the Supporting Actress in a Drama category, and Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com has it represented in the Lead Actress in a Drama and Supporting Actress in a Drama categories, as well as Outstanding Dramatic Series.

Finally, Vulture is also putting out its own TV "awards," and the show has representatives in those with Philip and Elizabeth as Television's best couple and Matthew Rhys as Best Drama Performer.
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First off, for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, here's the Television Academy panel with moderator Alan Sepinwall from HitFix, co-showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, Keri Russell (Elizabeth), Matthew Rhys (Philip), Noah Emmerich (Stan), and show composer Nathan Barr (video, ~1 hour).

Second, GoldDerby has continued with its series of Skype interviews with individual actors from the show. This week, they did Matthew Rhys (video, ~21 min), Noah Emmerich (Stan) (video, ~20 min), and Annet Mahendru (Nina) (video, ~17 min).

TVLine also did a print interview with Matthew Rhys and another with Annet Mahendru this week.

Slate has a lengthy answer from Noah Emmerich to a Quora question.

And showratings.tv has an interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg).

TVLine has included Matthew Rhys in their series of dream Emmy nominations, and Alan Sepinwall from HitFix has included the show in his "If I had an Emmy ballot" column.

Variety took portraits of a number of potential Emmy contenders, including Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich.

And finally, some handicapping from GoldDerby (which is in the business of predicting Emmy nominees): they're offering the odds of 33/1 for the show's nomination for Drama Series, 33/1 for Keri Russell's nomination for Drama Actress, 100/1 for Matthew Rhys' nomination for Drama Actor, 100/1 for Annet Mahendru's nomination for Drama Supporting Actress, 100/1 for Noah Emmerich's nomination for Drama Supporting Actor, and 16/1 for Margo Martindale's nomination for Drama Guest Actress.
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At some point the news about The Americans will undoubtedly slow to a trickle, but right now there's still a lot out there because of the pre-Emmy interview season. Here's what I've been able to find this week:

• Writer and co-showrunner Joel Fields appeared in the LA Times' showrunners' panel (4th video in the series, ~1 hour).

• Matthew Rhys (Philip) also did a similar roundtable with potential drama actor nominees over at Variety (video, ~24 minutes).

• Noah Emmerich (Stan) also did a terrific long interview with the LA Times (video, ~30 minutes).

• Keri Russell (Elizabeth) also gave a great Skype interview to Gold Derby (video, ~25 minutes). TV Ate My Wardrobe has some highlights of that interview here.

• Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys also did an interview together with the LA Times.

Variety paired two actors for an interview who are rumoured to be in contention for awards, Matthew Rhys and Julianna Margulies from The Good Wife.

• Deadline has some excerpts from an interview with Joel Fields and Matthew Rhys.

And there's been plenty of non-interview reporting on the show this week too:

Variety also has a piece on why Brits are "taking over American TV" that features Matthew Rhys.

Time has listed The Americans as the top of a list of the ten best shows of 2014 so far.

The Washington Post included The Americans in a piece about technology in television shows.

• The AV Club also featured the show in a piece about the role of God in a few of today's television shows.

TV Guide has a few season three spoilers in their MegaBuzz column.

• WhatCulture talked about five "burning questions" for season three.

• GoldDerby talks about the show's chances at the Emmys this year.

• BitchFlicks has a piece on sex, love, and coercion in The Americans.

• Another fan has done a music fanmix for the show over at 8tracks called "Practicing Brinksmanship".
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First up, it's the beginning of awards season, and the future looks bright:

• The Television Critics Association (TCA) has nominated Matthew Rhys (Philip) for Individual Achievement in Drama and the show for Outstanding Achievement in Drama.

• The show has also received several Critics' Choice Awards nominations: for Best Drama Series, Matthew Rhys for Best Actor in a Drama Series, Keri Russell (Elizabeth) for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and Annet Mahendru (Nina) for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

• GoldDerby, which is in the business of predicting who's going to win various show business awards, warns that The Americans could ambush the Emmys as well, while Boston Globe columnist Matthew Gilbert includes the show on a list of shows that Emmy voters should make sure to "show some love" to.

• The UK's TV Choice Magazine is also holding its own web-based awards, with The Americans nominated as "Best International Series" (feel free to vote yourself, if you want).

And in other show-related news:

As predicted, The Americans was at the top of the Hollywood Reporter's "power rankings" in its last week of contention.

Rolling Stone featured the show on its list of eight TV shows you should be watching right now.

Flavorwire talked about the show in its summary of the week's top five TV moments.

Elizabeth and Philip made it to #11 on tvline's list of favourite television pairings.

Starpulse made a list of their top five favourite wigs that Keri Russell wore in season two.

IGN's "Channel Surfing" podcast featured the finales of The Americans and Hannibal.

Speaking of those two shows, here's a Salon piece that argues that The Americans and Hannibal are the two best love stories on television.

The blogger behind "Based on Nothing" wrote that the second season of The Americans made it FX's best show.

...and if you're after an oddly refreshing change from all of this praise from critics, here's your outlier--the guy who liked season one but disliked season two.
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First, a veritable cornucopia of post-season interviews with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields: from Hitfix, from the AV Club, from Vulture, from TV Line, from Yahoo, from TV Guide, from tv.com, from Slate (audio, ~30 minutes, available only to subscribers, though a partial transcript is available here), and from Grantland (audio, ~57 minutes). [Editorial comment: take some time to read/listen to these if you can--they're all so different and so good!]

Next up, some reviews of season two: from Vulture, from the AV Club, from Screen Invasion, from Bustle, and from Talking TV With Ryan and Ryan (audio, ~48 minutes).

From Hitfix, an interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip).

From the New York Post, an interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan).

Keri Russell (Elizabeth) took part in a joint interview of many of the potential Emmy nominees for Best Actress with the Hollywood Reporter. This link has both a transcript of parts of the interview and video of a riff on the "what would you do if you weren't an actor" question" (~ 4:40). [Edited to add: the full video interview is now up (~1 hour).]

Two interviews with Annet Mahendru (Nina): one from Yahoo and one from U.S. News.

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

From The Wire, an interview with Margo Martindale (Claudia).

Two interviews with the composer for the show, Nathan Barr: from the Hollywood Reporter, and an excerpt from a piece from Film Score Monthly Online.

From Vanity Fair, a piece on the realism behind many of the show's spy storylines, and The Atlantic has a column on the show's refreshingly real take on Russians. And from Think Progress, a piece that challenges the realism in the season finale's plot twist.

From The Wire, the last season two "wig of the week", on the finale. And further in the disguises vein, TV Ate My Wardrobe has a piece on the best disguises of season two.

A column in Entertainment Weekly debates whether or not Elizabeth is a bad mom.

The Hollywood Reporter has The Americans at #2 in last week's "power rankings".

Paste Magazine has a piece on the 10 most shocking moments on the show.

"Behind The Red Door" has been pre-nominated in the AV Club's Tournament of Episodes.

From Indiewire, a summary of the pre-finale (but post-screener) tweets from some of the critics.

FX released a little mini-feature on The Art of the Edit (only viewable from within the U.S.).

According to Headline Planet, the ratings were up slightly for the season finale.

The LA Times has a piece on the recent trend in spy-related television series, including comments from The Americans co-showrunner Joel Fields.

An astrology blogger has written an mythological/astrological interpretation of the finale.

And finally, a glimpse into a writers' room joke: the supposed original pitch for the Stealth arc. :)
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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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As of this week we're halfway to the finale, wow. Hard to believe!

Collider did an interview this past week with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields.

A Wall Street Journal interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip) and Keri Russell (Elizabeth).

A Rolling Stone interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina), and another from Emmys Magazine.

A The Wire interview with Joe Weisberg, hair and makeup artist Peg Schierholz, and Joel Fields about the show's disguises and more.

Two late reviews of season two: from the Canadian newspaper The Chronicle Herald and from Fox News Latino.

FX has released a new minidocumentary on counterintelligence (video, ~4 minutes).

A Vulture piece on shows still on the cancellation bubble has positive speculation about renewal for our favourite show, with details about why we should hope.

The Americans got a mention in Alyssa Rosenberg's Washington Post column about atheists on television.

It also got a mention in two pieces on the portrayal of rape survivors on television: from Think Progress, and from the Washington Post.

Billboard on the song that singer Pete Townshend has written and performed exclusively for an upcoming episode of The Americans.

The Wire on the history of the show's "Felicity wig".

The Americans exhibit has opened at Washington, D.C.'s spy museum.

#1 in the list of The Best Soundtrack Moments of March 2014 in Stereogum's "Trackspotting" column goes to Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes The Flood" in "The Walk In" (episode 203).

There's now a larger-scale version of the gorgeous The Americans-based artwork for Emily Nussbaum's New Yorker piece of a couple of weeks back on the website of the studio hired to do the piece.

And one more fanmix has been made for the show.
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Keri Russell (Elizabeth) did an interview with Collider about the second season.

Matthew Rhys (Philip) did an interview with Esquire about the second season and especially "Cardinal" (202).

The Americans gets a mention in this piece by Think Progress's Alyssa Rosenberg about why we keep having the same debates about prestige television dramas. (Rosenberg is one of the show's unapologetic critic cheerleaders.)

Bad news about the season two ratings: they slid between 201 and 202. But on the other hand, FX executive John Solberg tweeted that the show is up a ridiculous 94% in "time-shifted viewing" (that's up from an already very high 81% for the season premiere).

Another piece about the "spy training day" to which the show invited journalists has come out, this time by the UK's This Is Fakediy.

U.S. magazine Mother Jones has a piece about the Middle Eastern and Central American politics that form the backdrop for some of the plotlines for season two.

The critic at the Salt Lake Tribune who likes the show argues that Putin makes it harder to root for the two Soviet leads.

Some fans did some research into whether Raiders of the Lost Ark was actually still playing in early 1982, and apparently the writers did their homework.

Attention icon makers! screencapped.net has a treasure trove of high-quality images for you to work with, and here's another at grande-caps.net.

And finally, Keri Russell made a brief appearance on Jimmy Kimmel along with the infamous "Felicity wig" (video, just over 3 minutes).
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The interviews with cast and creatives continue unabated (all five of the following contain spoilers for season two):
• FX has released an "Inside the Secrets" youtube interview with showrunner Joel Fields (video, 1.5 minutes long), in which he answered fan questions from last year.

• U.S. National Public Radio's show Studio 360 also had an interview with showrunner Joe Weisberg (audio, 12 minutes long).

Esquire also has an interview with Joe Weisberg about the spy techniques in "Comrades."

• And NPR's Leonard Lopate had a Noah Emmerich interview (audio, 18 minutes long).

• Keri Russell also did an interview (a print one), this time with the Sioux City Journal.
Good news about the ratings for the season two premiere: viewing rose a whopping 81% in the show's key demographic when "time-shifted viewing" was taken into account.

UK's Geektown is suggesting (unconfirmed) that season two will begin in the UK on the 28th of March, based on speculation that season two will run straight through after they finish repeating the season one episodes. The Daily Mirror also suggests that it's likely to return "in the spring". What is confirmed, though, is that it will return, and that it will continue to air on ITV.

Grantland's Hollywood Prospectus podcast with Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald deals with The Americans (starting from 41:36).

FX sponsored a "training day for spies" to promote The Americans and invited journalists on it. Buzzfeed's Alan White reports on the event.

And freelance journalist Jonathan Frochtzwajg has written a piece on medium.com called "Mirror, Mir: Why Cold War Piece The Americans is TV's Most Relevant Spy Show." No spoilers in this, in part because it seems to have been written partway through last year.

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