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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And finally, Grantland's critic Andy Greenwald invites actress Natalie Morales to come on to his semi-regular podcast for a discussion of the show (she's not on the show, but she's a superfan).
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Yesterday, [dreamwidth.org profile] sistermagpie and I got the chance to spend about five hours as guests of the The Americans team that is currently filming season three. It was every bit as amazing as that makes it sound and then some! The guys who took over scheduling my visit (it was complicated to plan since I had to come in from so far and book my flight well in advance) were friendly and responsive from the get-go, and once we arrived at the studio, all of the cast, crew, and creatives we met went above and beyond anything we had imagined.

When we arrived, we were given a set of sheets with information about the day's filming. The top sheet included information about who was in charge (in terms of executive producers, the producer, and the director), a weather forecast, an address of a nearby hospital (just in case!), as well as a list of cast members and stand-ins and the times they had to be on set for which purposes (for hair and makeup or on set ready to perform). It also included special instructions for the various scenes (such as props that needed to be present), and a little bit at the bottom about the advance schedule for the following day's shooting (which scenes they were going to do, etc.). The pages that followed were excerpts from the script for the day's scenes.

First we watched a bit of filming, then we were taken on a long and very thorough tour of the various sets and production offices by a couple of very generous crew members, and finally we came back to watch more filming. We met and briefly spoke to creator Joe Weisberg and Daniel Sackheim, Stuart Zicherman and Molly Nussbaum from the writing staff, as well as Matthew Rhys (Philip), Keidrich Sellati (Henry), Noah Emmerich (Stan), and Annet Mahendru (Nina). We also saw Holly Taylor (Paige), Keri Russell (Elizabeth), and the director for episodes 303 and 304 (we'll let the team reveal who that is as they see fit) up close but didn't talk to them.

What follows are our (completely spoiler-free!) thoughts about what we saw. We've tried to put together a description of the kinds of things that we as pretty hardcore The Americans fans would want to hear about if one of you had been lucky enough to get to do what we did.

cut for length )

We are so excited about season three now, we can't even express it. (!!!!!)
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Ignore the stupid headline, because this piece from the UK's London Standard actually is a pretty good interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip). The first episode of season two airs tomorrow in the UK.

There's now an official episode description for title of episode 207 ), and the title for the season two finale has also been released.

FX has released a character profile of Oleg (video, 3.5 minutes) and a little ad based on the critical response (video, 30 seconds).

Uproxx's Dustin Rowles has a new piece called "9 Reasons You Should Be Watching The Americans on FX, and Brendon McCullin from hollywood.com weighs "The Americans vs. Homeland: Which Is Better?"

There are some new spoilers from Michael Ausiello.

And again, you'll want to ignore the silly narration from the (ugh) Daily Mail, but there are some photos here of some breaks on the last day of filming for the finale.
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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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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!


Jan. 14th, 2014 12:35 pm
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FX presented their upcoming programming to the Television Critics' Association today. The "Americansfan" tumblr blog has some photos and some very mild spoilers, and TVline and USA Today hash through some of the information they're letting out about season two as well.

Two of the critics who most strongly championed the show in its first season, Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture and Alyssa Rosenberg of Think Progress, have reviewed screeners for the first two episodes and pronounced them good. Seitz says: crisp, densely packed storytelling; double lives abound, more family emphasis, and Rosenberg says: watching the new season and getting enraged over the lack of awards attention it got all over again and also, the new season is great.

Apparently paparazzi can be good for something: one of them took a bunch of photos of Keri Russell while she was filming a fight scene for season two. And one of Matthew Rhys' makeup artists has a photo of him from filming as well.

And last but not least, it seems that if you were a New York-based actor, you could get your headshots taken by the one and only Arkady Ivanovich.


Jan. 8th, 2014 06:09 am
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Okay, folks, the first serious spoilers have been released into the world. Think long and hard whether you want to click on these links: from Michael Ausiello's "Ask Ausiello" column and from Natalie Abrams' "Megabuzz" column.

Warning: There will almost certainly be discussion of these spoilers in the comments section of this post!

In lesser-spoilery links, there are also a few smaller tidbits that we could probably deduce ourselves from an interview with Joe Weisberg if you want something to tide you over but want to avoid the more serious stuff.

There's also a new teaser promo called "Stripes." On Twitter, Joel Fields also released a shot of the second image of the second season from an editing session, a shot of the trailer where they're filming, and a picture of an awesome mug that he got as a Christmas present.

And finally, while this Hollywood Reporter review is supposedly reviewing the miniseries The Assets, it actually talks as much, and much more favourably, about our show.


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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The International Press Academy has announced nominations for their Satellite Awards, and several people connected with The Americans have been nominated: Margo Martindale (Claudia) for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Keri Russell (Elizabeth) for Actress in a Series, Drama, and the show for Television Series, Drama.

The AV Club argues that in 2013, no show used pop music better than The Americans.

Advertising artist Sam Spratt did some early advertising sketches and art for the show, and they're kind of awesome.

The name of episode 5, season two has been released! And ignore the UGH so annoying tone of the piece, but here's a picture of Keri Russell on set while filming season two.
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I'll start with two recent pieces that really get into some detail about the show and the making of it: a great interview with the The Americans editors from Editors Guild Magazine, and a piece with a focus on Keri Russell from Capitol File Magazine. Both have very (very very!) minor spoilers for storylines in season two.

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

And finally, some tiny tidbits from Twitter:

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

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

(Heads-up to the spoilerphobes: there may be discussion of the spoilers linked to above in the comments.)
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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.
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Treon noticed that thetvdb is now listing the U.S./Canada debut airdate for season two, episode one as February 5th, 2014. This is unconfirmed, but it's the first mention either of us has noticed of a specific date, so we figured it was worth mentioning. They have now removed this listing.

This little tidbit from Variety includes a short interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina).

Another fan in the New York area took some pictures of a day's shooting and posted them to instagram (only very minor spoilers included in the pictures).

season two casting spoiler under the cut )
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This picture, tweeted by Joel Fields, tells us that episode title spoiler )

This picture of a corner of an interior set, also tweeted by Joel Fields, seems to suggest speculation regarding the appearance of items in the picture )

One fan also got a shot of Matthew Rhys in a phone booth during the filming of an outdoor scene. :)
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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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a small spoiler about filming locations )

a larger spoiler about casting )

(I'll wait a couple of weeks to tag this one fully so that the tags won't serve as spoilers of their own.)
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Any community members who are currently in New York and have time to kill starting from 10pm tonight, The Americans is going to be filming on Avenue Z, East 7th Street, Kathleen Place, Coney Island Avenue, Avenue X and Avenue Y. :)

Man, there are just no early nights in that business, are there?


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