Aug. 25th, 2014 07:38 am
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As predicted, The Americans-related links have slowed to a trickle for the summer, but here are a few:

From Entertainment Weekly, a piece on why Philip Jennings is the best character on the show (and a smaller blurb on the same topic here).

The Emmys air tonight, and the show has been mentioned in a number of pieces that deal with what should have been nominated but wasn't: from Entertainment Weekly again, from the Boston Globe, from the Kansas City Star, from Vulture, and from Wall Street Cheat.

[ profile] cathexys is an academic whose work centres around popular culture, and she's working up something for a conference in Austin in September called Complex Negotiation of National Identity in The Americans. The post where she talks about it is access-locked, as all of her posts are, but she always adds people who want to be added (just drop her a note either in a comment or in a private message).
jae: (theamericansgecko)
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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. 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. also has the show represented in its picks for the Supporting Actress in a Drama category, and Brian Tallerico from 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.
jae: (theamericansgecko)
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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.
jae: (theamericansgecko)
[personal profile] jae has an interview with showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg.

Photographer Rob Howard spent a day with Joel Fields to photograph him in various parts of his life with some accompanying introductory audio. The results of the project are here (including some great shots of what looks like the recording of the finale).

Costa Ronin (Oleg) has been doing lots of interviews lately: one in The Examiner, and one from

The Atlantic has some great insight into the technical aspects of this past week's episode.

Columns galore on the show this week: from the National Review, from, and from the Modesto Bee. A columnist for Cox Newspapers has also nominated The Americans as one of the five shows worth bingeing on.

The Wire's "wig of the week" is Elizabeth's social worker disguise.

NBC has ordered a new Russian spy show for fall, and the critics are comparing the concept with The Americans: at Vulture and at the AV Club both.

Talk show host Rachael Ray did an interview with "Dr. Phil," and he mentioned The Americans (third video, the The Americans reference starts at 3:59).

FX has released a little featurette on Clark and Martha (only viewable from 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, 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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Happy New Year and happy yuletide reveals, everyone! This is the first of what I hope will be a number of post-yuletide fic posts here, because there were a whole bunch of great new stories written for our small-but-mighty fandom in this year's exchange.

Anyway, this year I had the pleasure of fulfilling the request for a The Americans story about Philip and Elizabeth and the kids for our very own [ profile] sistermagpie (I know, right? How lucky did I get?)!

"Grains of Gold Among the Sand" by Jae Gecko
Summary: Philip Jennings throughout the years, navigating the minefields of marriage and family.
Size: 21159 words
Acknowledgements: To Luna, Minna Leigh, Pene, and Mijra for beta.

And now that I have two out of the three stories posted, let me announce this as well:

The Cost of Silence trilogy

1. (coming in 2014) (Gregory)
2. "Five Points Down" (Elizabeth)
3. "Grains of Gold Among the Sand" (Philip)

Three intersecting pre-canon stories that each deal in different ways with the emotional and interpersonal consequences of the secrets that these people used to keep, not just from the outside world, but from each other.
[personal profile] treonb
Back in the pilot, Stan voiced to Sandra that he thought there was "something a little bit off" about Philip. To what extent do you think he still thinks that by the end of the season?

You can expect spoilers for the entire first season in the comments.

(There's no expiration date on these questions, so if you're reading this post months later and feel like jumping in, please do.)

[personal profile] treonb
 Title: The Case of the Super Secret Spy Message
Rating: PG
Length: 1100
Summary: Mozzie was sure his parents would contact him one day.
Notes: This is a White Collar/The Americans crossover, and leans more towards White Collar.  but, it is my first ever sorta The Americans fic!  

LJ or AO3

[personal profile] treonb
The three main characters on our show are all living discontinuous lives: Philip and Elizabeth first as their original selves and now as Americans; Stan first as himself, then as a white supremacist involved in the movement, and now as himself again. Throughout those lives, though, things have happened to them that shape the way they think and feel about things, and those psychological responses can carry over into the next incarnation. 

This week's question: How do you think that works for each of those three characters

You can expect spoilers for the entire first season in the comments.

(There's no expiration date on these questions, so if you're reading this post months later and feel like jumping in, please do.)

[personal profile] treonb
In the pilot, Philip proposes that he and Elizabeth defect to the United States with their family. Nina, too, toys with the idea of defecting to escape persecution for her crimes. We never see inside their heads, though, so it's hard to know what exactly they're thinking over the course of the season.

This week's question:
 What do you think is going on with that--how do you think the Russian characters' (those two or any others') thoughts on defection change over time?

You can expect spoilers for the entire first season in the comments.

(There's no expiration date on these questions, so if you're reading this post months later and feel like jumping in, please do.)
[personal profile] treonb
The marriage at the centre of the show is the one between Philip and Elizabeth, but there's another marriage that looms large as well: the one between Stan and Sandra. Both marriages have problems.

So here's this week's question: To what extent are those problems similar, or are they entirely different?  You can expect spoilers for the entire first season in the comments.

(There's no expiration date on these questions, so if you're reading this post months later and feel like jumping in, please do.)
[personal profile] treonb
The two central elements of the show are the relationship between Philip and Elizabeth and their work. They are also parents, however. 

So here's this week's question: How do you feel about the way the show treats these elements of their lives? Which elements of it work for you, and which don't?  You can expect spoilers for the entire first season in the comments.

(There's no expiration date on these questions, so if you're reading this post months later and feel like jumping in, please do.)


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