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This is probably going to make me sound like an utter idiot, but...did anyone else buy the Season 4 DVD set and figure out how the heck to make the special features play (which, according to the titles listing, are supposed to be on disc four)? There doesn't seem to be a menu that includes them anywhere, and I went through all three episodes on that disc scene-by-scene, but they weren't hidden there, either.

I'm laughing at myself, because I'm kind of an old hand at DVDs! DVDs have never confounded me like this before! :)
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If you read only one of these links, make it this brilliant interview with the showrunners. Variety also has a bunch of audio excerpts from a different interview with them.

This piece about the show's sound editing is also very good, though.

Foreign Policy has a piece about the best Washington-related shows (The Americans is #2).

There's more bad news about the ratings, and the critics who love it are starting to get a little uneasy. Both Grantland and Forbes have "here's why you should watch" pieces.

The Deccan Herald has an interview with Rahul Khanna (Yousaf).

Los Angeles Magazine has a piece about The Americans and House of Cards.

The season three DVD is available for pre-order.

This is kind of wonderful: the online magazine descended from the Daily Worker (the newspaper published by the Communist Party of the U.S.) is recapping The Americans.

A Russia Today journalist has a short piece about the show, including a little interview with the showrunners.
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Remember when Oleg talked about his favourite hockey player for the Washington Capitals last season? Well, something VERY FUN came of that.

The show has a new poster for season three, and it is beautiful.

Den of Geek has done a piece on everything we know about season three so far (spoilers abound, though nothing that those of us who have been following spoilers don't already know).

TV.com has done a writeup of the first major season three trailer (according to [dreamwidth.org profile] sistermagpie, there is now another one, but it isn't online yet).

We Got This Covered has one of the bonus features online from the new DVD box set: Operation Ghost Stories: Real World Events.

The show has made still more critics' end-of-year best-of lists! Grantland's Andy Greenwald (at #1), TV or Not TV's Jason Lynch (at #1), the Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman (at #2), the New York Times' Alessandra Stanley (unranked), and TV.com's staff (unranked).
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Hey guys, I looked through the past entries and didn't see this mentioned at all

SEASON TWO IS NOW ON DVD AND IN STORES

I kid you not. It apparently came out yesterday and I have a copy with me now. I haven't encountered a blu-ray version in store(s) or online but the regular DVD has deleted scenes, a gag reel, and two featurettes/documentary thingies about the morality of The Americans and one on the history of the reality of spies.
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Lots of new casting spoilers this week! Here's one about a new male recurring character, here's one about a female recurring character who we've seen once before, and here's another one about a male recurring character who we've seen once before.

Our own [dreamwidth.org profile] lisa_lnc already told us this in her great NYC Comic-Con panel review, but TVshowsonDVD has confirmation that the season two DVD box set will be out on December 16th. (Extras will include deleted scenes, a gag reel, and two featurettes called Operation Ghost Stories: The Real Directorate S and Shades of Red: The Mortality of the Americans.)

There's also one last NYC ComicCon review over at Polygon.

The student paper at Notre Dame University has a review of the show.

And for those of you who don't watch The Good Wife, you might be amused to learn that The Americans creator Joe Weisberg had a little cameo on a recent episode. The writers of the show thanked him on Twitter for appearing, and outed themselves as fans of The Americans in the process.

Finally, the People's Choice Awards have a tiny (and somewhat silly) interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina).
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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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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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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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This week's TV Guide features a piece with a lot of juicy season two spoilers in it (including at least a few bits not mentioned previously).

A look at the press kit for season two that a bunch of very lucky television journalists have received over the last week (no spoilers).

We now have a full episode description for episode 204 (second season, fourth episode).

For those of you in North America: Keri Russell is going to be on Late Night with David Letterman on Thursday, February 20th. Set your PVRs!

And for those of you in New York or who can get there easily, there is a free and open-to-the-public panel interview tomorrow morning at Bryant Park with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields and actor Noah Emmerich (Stan). I hope someone can make it and do a writeup for us!

This hour-long panel from the Academy of Television Arts And Sciences with Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, Noah Emmerich, Matthew Rhys (Philip), Annet Mahendru (Nina), and Margo Martindale (Claudia) is actually from last spring, but I didn't link it then, and it's been making the rounds again.

I've been trying to get people to come here and link to their own fanworks rather than linking to them myself in my linkspams, but this very clever picspam by [tumblr.com profile] belovedcreation that reimagines images from Austenland and Death Comes to Pemberley as a The Americans AU was too good to pass up. :)

There was a great review of the season one DVD/Blu-Ray set from Australia this week. And based on one of the little featurettes on the set, TV.com did a little piece on "Clark" and Martha's "marriage".

And finally, for the fanwriters and fanartists out there, there's a multifandom fanfiction and art fest going on, and also a multifandom fanfiction fest celebrating friendship. Go forth and request/create The Americans fanworks!
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Get ready for a ludicrous number of links this time!

First off, there's a great interview with Keri Russell (Elizabeth) and Matthew Rhys (Philip) in Entertainment Weekly that's sadly behind a paywall, but [tumblr.com profile] jenningscomrades posted a series of readable screenshots over at Tumblr.

And speaking of Tumblr, the full set of promotional pictures for season two was posted by [tumblr.com profile] theamericanstv there too: 1, 2.

In further interviews, writer/showrunner Joe Weisberg was interviewed at the Writers' Guild of America Awards (the bit with Weisberg starts at 8:05), including at least a couple of things he hasn't already said a thousand times. :)

The show's costume designer Jenny Gering was also interviewed in Elle.

Episode 201 hasn't yet aired, of course, but we now have the plot description for episode 202.

According to writer/showrunner Joel Fields on Twitter, the script for the season two finale was finished this week, and the title for episode ten has been released.

And in the vein of "better late than never," the first season of our favourite show starts airing in Finland today on MTV (there's a trailer at the site and also a wonderful promotional campaign there) and in Germany on ProSieben Maxx (here's a trailer--dubbed, as is par for the course in Germany and a review from the Spiegel for those of you who speak German).

Any of you who are in New York or can get there easily can buy raffle tickets to join cast and crew in style at the season premiere (and get to see the first episode two days early!).

Bad news for anyone who was hoping to see The Americans on Netflix someday: Fox (which owns FX) and Amazon have signed a new distribution agreement granting Amazon Prime's Instant Video subscribers exclusive rights to the show.

There have been a few voices in the media that are hyping the season one DVD/Blu-Ray release in the hope of snagging new viewers before season two: The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Rotten Tomatoes (which chose The Americans as their Weekly Binge show last week).

And last but not least, here's a shot of Matthew Rhys checking out the timeline in the writers' room. (16 days!)
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For some reason when the season 1 DVD release date was pushed back in other countries, it didn't change in Australia so the release date here stayed as the 5th of Feb. I went past my local store on the way home from work tonight and they already had the DVDs out on the shelf!

I figured I'd post a few thoughts here if anyone is interested. Spoilers for the special features are below.

First of all,for some reason the actual DVDs are labelled incorrectly. Disc 1 says that it includes episodes 1 - 4 however it is actually only 1 - 3 so all the subsequent discs are wrong. Not sure if that will only be for the Australian release.

Now, onto the special features!

Gag reel
This goes for about 3:30 and contains the scenes from the gag reel that was released on TVLine yesterday as well as a whole lot more. There are quite a few scenes with Keri and Margo cracking each other up including the first one which is the two of them on the bench for the "I'm sorry I didn't kill you scene" and Margo doesn't realise they called "action" so they just end up staring at each other awkwardly for ages until Margo finally says "Are we acting?".

Deleted scenes
There are quite a few for the pilot including a Paige/Elizabeth scene showing them in the car about to go to the drugstore (after Paige interrupted Elizabeth cleaning the trunk). There is also a Paige/Elizabeth scene from COMINT with Elizabeth having returned from her encounter with the man who beat her, checking on Paige while she is sleeping.

There were also a few scenes that covered off some Stan backstory including that he once got shot and he had to have his spleen removed. There was also a little more about his undercover work. Will be interesting to see if this ends up getting mentioned at all in later seasons or if they decided to go in a different direction.

Bizarrely, there are a couple of deleted scenes from later in the season showing with a story that must have been dropped. It featured Sandra getting a broken leg after she was hit by a car!! I was not expecting that.

Commentary
I really enjoyed it but I'm a nerd who always listens to the DVD commentaries. My only complaint with the DVD was that there weren't a few more!

Noah had some really interesting insights into Stan and also the Philip/Elizabeth marriage. It was also interesting to hear how seriously he takes his acting because he said he actually found himself getting mad at Susan Misner when Sandra wouldn't accept Stan's offer of going on vacation!

Noah did say that one of his favourite lines from the whole season was when Philip says "Elizabeth" after Grannie interrupts his meeting with the Colonel. Apparently he often emails Joe and Joel with his thoughts after reading each script and they joked that the emails are usually titled "Why doesn't Stan have more screen time?"

Featurettes
There are a few other small segments covering off how the idea for the show came about, the 80s technology etc. These were quite interesting although did cover some things that have been discussed a lot in other interviews.

Looking forward to seeing the discussion once these have been released elsewhere!

Links

Dec. 8th, 2013 07:53 am
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'Tis the season for top-ten lists (and the like)! The Americans is on TIME's list of the top ten shows of 2013 (in what the writer admits was a very difficult year, even).

Our beloved show also made Rolling Stone's list of the 20 best TV moments of 2013.

Annet Mahendru (Nina) made the list of Indiewire's eight underappreciated supporting actors.

Vulture features the set designers of three shows, of which The Americans is one.

A really excellent Tumblr review of the first season.

Two weeks ago, a fan took a picture of casting spoiler )

This silly bit of video from the writers' room of The Americans also features what looks like an enormous storyboard wall. (I'd love to get a closeup on that!)

And finally, a bit of bad news: after a previously-announced January release, the new release date for the region one DVD/Blu-Ray of The Americans season one is February 11th.
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Movieweb is reporting that the release date for the region one (North America) DVD and Blu-Ray sets for The Americans season one is January 14th. The set will include the mini-documentaries "Executive Order 2579: Exposing the Americans", "Perfecting the Art of Espionage", and "Ingenuity Over Technology", plus a gag reel, deleted scenes, trailers, and audio commentary on the season finale featuring Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, and Noah Emmerich.

(Pardon me while I stick my fist in the air and say "yes!")

And here's another not-particularly-spoilery photo taken during shooting.

Links

Oct. 9th, 2013 02:09 pm
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An interesting post-panel guest piece on the Paley Center blog that talks about creator Joe Weisberg's longago visit to a Long Island high school and draws parallels between The Americans and the film Doctor Zhivago.

An interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina) from Westside People Magazine.

The Americans Season 1 is available for pre-order at amazon on DVD in the UK (release date January 27th, 2014) and in the U.S. (release date unknown).

And now for some (mostly previously known) spoilers. )

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