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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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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***


Sep. 22nd, 2014 07:53 am
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Calling all New York-based fans (or folks who can get there easily)! The Americans will have a panel discussion at this year's New York Comic Con on Friday, October 10th, with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, as well as Keri Russell (Elizabeth), Noah Emmerich (Stan), and Annet Mahendru (Nina).

Malaysian paper The Star has a new republication of an old interview with Matthew Rhys.

Sexworker Leigh Alanna of the "Tits and Sass" blog has reviewed the show from a sexworker's perspective.

And Annet Mahendru has confirmed that the cast is starting to get their first scripts for season three.
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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, 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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Elizabeth Jennings got a mention in this New York Times piece about "mean girls" with power.

The show also is one of the main subjects of this AV Club piece about shifting concerns when deciding whether or not to renew shows.

In Channel Guide, an interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan).

Matthew Rhys (Philip) did an interview on ABC's Today Show. You can watch an adorable clip on this Vulture piece or on the Today site (video, ~52 seconds).

Rhys also won TV Line's Performer of the Week last week for "Martial Eagle."

A radio interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg) (audio, ~10 minutes)

In Billboard, an interview with The Americans music composer Nathan Barr.

Speaking of music, here are a couple of things about the Pete Townshend song written for the show: an article in Vulture, and the promo that aired on FX (video, ~30 seconds).

And finally, an interesting Twitter thread started by the AV Club's Todd van der Werff about the reasons why the show provokes wildly different reactions.
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The official renewal for season three has come! Here is the official press release from FX and here is some insight from critic Alan Sepinwall as to why they've opted for renewal.

The New York Times talks about how Oliver North became a consultant for the show (and eventually even got a co-writer's credit on next week's episode).

Foreign Policy talks with a former spy about the things that are and aren't realistic about the show's spycraft.

An interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan) from the New York Observer, another from Entertainment Weekly, and yet another in critic Andy Greenwald's podcast this week (audio, ~55 minutes).

Costa Ronin (Oleg) gave an interview to Fox LA (video, ~4 minutes).

The New York Daily News reports on the shows filming in Brooklyn, and The Americans is among them.

The Washington Post talks about a piece of local pop culture history that led this past week's episode.

Wales Online has Matthew Rhys' top five moments from the show.

The official description for episode twelve has been released.

FX has released a featurette on the show's spy gear (only viewable to viewers inside the U.S.).

More news on international broadcasts! Season two begins airing in Poland on April 25th. It has also been airing in France (episode 207 debuts there on April 19th), in Ireland (episode 206 debuts there on April 19th), and in Spain (episode 203 debuted there last Tuesday).
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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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An interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina) in the New York Post.

An interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan) in Backstage, and another in The Jewish Journal.

And for those who are in the right location, an interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip) with VH1 (video).

Holly Taylor (Paige) made the list of the 10 best child actors on TV at whatculture.com. Holly will also be live-tweeting tonight's episode.

The description of cut for title of episode 208 ) has been released.

Christianity Today discusses the use of politics on television, and The Americans is one example.
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There's a promo for cut for title of season two, episode three ) up over here at youtube and there's also a scene from the episode both at the show's Facebook page and embedded over here (the second video).

The episode description for season two, episode six has been released.

Noah Emmerich did an interview about the show on The Couch (video, 6.5 minutes).

Matthew Rhys did an interview about the show with The Huffington Post live (video, 1.5 minutes) and a print interview for Two Cents TV.

All-new spoilers are out! The best come from YahooTV, where some of the cast and creatives did a two truths and a lie sort of thing. Just deliciously done. And there are more, too, from TVLine's Ask Ausiello column and from Natalie Abrams at TV Guide.

The Pacific Standard Magazine has a piece out that's asking Why Isn't The Americans More Popular?

ComplexMag is also touting "How The Americans Keeps Analog Cold War Spy Drama Riveting in the Digital Age."

Metacritic is a site that quantifies and summarizes all critic reviews of a show or movie, and gives it a number ranging from zero (worst) to 100 (best). In the first season, The Americans had a 77, while in the second season, it has an 88.

It is now confirmed that the second season of The Americans will begin Saturday the 15th of March at 9:20pm on the UK's ITV.

The episode recaps from "Cardinal" (season two, episode two) are rolling in and being posted over at the episode discussion post.

And look, it's a rare bird these days: a bad review of the latest season! Poor Dave Delisle from Untiedmag, all alone in his dissenting opinion. *g*

And last but not least, I know I'm not the only one in the comm who reads French, so I'll link to this interview with music supervisor PJ Bloom from the French source DailyMars.
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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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Keri Russell was on The Today Show talking about second season of The Americans (the bit also includes a short clip from the season two premiere).

A print TV Guide interview with Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and a short video one with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys from the same source.

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields also did an "IAmA" with reddit last night.

Vulture did an interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan) as well.

Representatives from Hitfix, zap2it, Filmthrasher and comicbookresources.com were in on a press-conference-style interview with Matthew Rhys.

More season two reviews, this time from Time Magazine, Vulture, Grantland, the Hollywood Reporter, TV Guide, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and seat42f.

The show also seems to have invited some of the critics for a set visit, which resulted in combination season-2-review/interview pieces with the AV Club, Vulture, and Think Progress.

The recaps of "Comrades" are starting to roll out, and they're being posted over at that episode's discussion post.

Foreign Policy Magazine contrasts the second seasons of The Americans and House of Cards.

The title for season two, episode twelve has been released.

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. is going to have an exhibit about The Americans.

Long Island Newsday reported that the show filmed in Freeport last week.

In "citizen media" news: the book blogger at HamletHub has made a list of seven Cold War spy novels in honour of the season two premiere, television blogger Joey Goes Hollywood caught The Americans in repeats and has written a review of season one, and the pop culture blogger at Pop Culture Immersion has written a list of five reasons why you should watch The Americans.

ComplexTV has a video from the season two premiere party in New York.

Those of you who are in the U.S. can also watch a little video from the night of the season two premiere party of Keri Russell talking about the Wall of Shame in which all the cast and creatives and crew have gotten their picture taken in a "Felicity" wig, which journalist Michael Ausiello actually took a picture of during his set visit and Ashley Burns got some shots of as well.
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Two interviews with Matthew Rhys (Philip), one from TVRage and one from Starry Constellation Magazine.

A print interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan) from The Associated Press and a video one from Huffington Post Live.

An interview with producer Graham Yost and showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields from wegotthiscovered.com.

An interview with Keri Russell (Elizabeth) from IGN.

An interview with Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell from Vanity Fair.

An interview with costume designer Jenny Gering from StyleCaster.

And finally, an interview with cut for casting spoiler )

A more general piece on the show (including bits from an interview with Joe Weisberg) from The Philadelphia Inquirer

We now have an official description for episode 205 (season two, episode five).

More reviews of early season two from various U.S. and Canadian publications have come in, this time from the New Yorker, Slate, Hitfix, the Huffington Post, Variety, the AV Club, Your Entertainment Corner, the Denver Post, antennafree.tv and Canada's National Post. Spoilers abound.

One last review of the 1st season DVD/Blu-Ray from hamptonroads.com.

TV Ate My Wardrobe featured Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" on their Music Monday in honour of The Americans returning this week.

Vulture did a little feature on the show's "1980s inspiration wall" from the writers' room.

SpoilerTV and The Fashionista Stories have photos from last night's season two premiere party in New York.

And Rolling Stone did a little A-Z review of the basics of the show.

One more sleep!
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The official reviews of season two are starting to roll in from various U.S. publications: from the San Francisco Chronicle, from the Tampa Bay Times, from Indiewire, from the Los Angeles Daily News, from the San Jose Mercury-News, from Slant Magazine, and finally, from the Huffington Post (this one is really a negative review of season two of House of Cards, but there's a positive comparison with The Americans in the final bit).

The full Wall Street Journal Live at Bryant Park "How The Americans Recreates the Cold War" panel has been posted (30-min video).

An interview with Keri Russell (Elizabeth) from the LA Daily News (with some season two spoilers).

And an interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip) from the New York Daily News (also with some season two spoilers).

And an interview with Noah Emmerich (Stan) from Paste Magazine (also with some season two spoilers).

And an interview with Peg Schierholz and Lori Hicks from the Hair and Makeup Department, from the Washington Post.

A couple of things from Twitter: according to script supervisor Molly Nussbaum, The Americans made the very top of this coming week's "must list" in Entertainment Weekly. And cut for a casting spoiler )

And the comm's own [dreamwidth.org profile] quantumreality with the third part of the essay on symmetries in The Americans.

The Americans is going to be the subject of canada.com's TV Chat critics' panel on Monday at 2pm eastern time.

The TV Ate My Wardrobe blog sent someone to cover the season one DVD/Blu-Ray launch event.

The Staten Island Advance on the use of a local location as a backdrop to an episode of The Americans.

And finally, here's a little clip of Keri Russell on Late Night With David Letterman (on channelling her inner Elizabeth when her apartment was broken into).
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Yes, I'm back already with another linkspam! I could maaaaaybe have waited another day, but some of this stuff has been so good, and I feel moved to share.

I'll start with a really very different sort of interview with Joel Fields from spoilertv.com that took questions in advance from the fans and got him to answer them. There are spoilers galore, but I suspect that a couple of people in this community will be very excited to see some of the responses there. :)

And then there's this other interview from tv.com with Joel and Joe Weisberg, which also has some spoilers in it.

And then there's another interview with the two of them from the Huffington Post, which also has some spoilers in it.

And one more from iamrogue.com, also with the two of them and also with some season two spoilers.

There are also four short videos from the Bryant Park interview of two days ago with Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, and Noah Emmerich: on nuclear launch codes, creating 1980s D.C. in New York City, designing spycraft for The Americans, and on the secret life of Stan (none of which are particularly spoilerrific).

Next, [tumblr.com profile] nerd-utopia has got screenshots of the terrific The Americans spread and multi-page article in TV Guide: 1, 2.

And a lovely profile on Holly Taylor (Paige) from Canadian newspaper The Ottawa Citizen.

And The Saratogian has a great review of season two from the screeners.

And speaking of which, guys, I don't know how much you've all been following the early critical response to this show's second season, but it's been so fantastic. Over at the [tumblr.com profile] americansfan tumblr, Emma put together a representative compilation of it. And, like, the only negative comments I can find about the show at all (and I've looked!) are from critics like rogerebert.com's Brian Tallerico who wasn't completely on board with season one but still thinks season two is amazing. The critics have always been good to this show, but this is truly unprecedented.

Fast Company has a terrific interview with The Americans' music supervisor PJ Bloom.

The website kerirussellsource.org has a bunch of shots of the filming of the season two finale, which is currently ongoing.

Over at Tumblr, [tumblr.com profile] darjeelingandcoke is doing a countdown list of eight reasons to watch The Americans in the last eight days before the season two premiere: here's #8.

And finally, this already got linked separately, but in case there's someone out there who's only got a subscription to certain tags: part one and part two of [dreamwidth.org profile] quantumreality's essay on symmetries in The Americans.

Five days, 10.5 hours to go!
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This has already been discussed in comments, but episode title spoiler )

Two still shots from the set of season two, from producer Dan Sackheim: Noah Emmerich, Lev Gorn and Annet Mahendru.

And this isn't about season two, but it's still delightful. Says writer/producer/director Judd Apatow: "I feel like we are talking about a lot of TV shows- there are so many great ones - but I may enjoy The Americans most of all." (Read the whole conversation; it's very satisfying. :)
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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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Greetings from New York, the morning after the Paleyfest 2013 panel on The Americans. I was lucky enough to be in the audience for it, and as promised, this is going to be my complete writeup. (If you're looking for a shorter, journalism-y-er version, this Deadline piece is pretty good, and this Rolling Stone piece is even better.) Edited to add: A shortened version of the panel is now up in video form, behind a cut. )

this, however, is the photoillustrated Jae version )


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