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The Washington Post, today (potential spoilers for upcoming season)
: "How Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell learned to stop worrying and love their characters’ chilly fates"

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Potentially relevant to people's interests? "The Americans" is mentioned about two-thirds of the way down.

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The Television Critics' Association event that allows showrunners and creatives to showcase a show to journalists has been going on this week, and Saturday it was The Americans' turn. Here are some of the pieces that got written after their showcase (many of which overlap in terms of information, but they're not all identical, at least). There are spoilers here, but they are all of the very general sort, so unless you'd rather go into the new season knowing absolutely nothing at all about what's in store, you're probably okay to click.

There are pieces from:
Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap
Broadcasting Cable

...and Showbiz Junkies has an interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip).
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The Americans did well yet again in the critics' various end-of-year lists! It was mentioned in the end-of-year roundups written by:

• Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz
• The New York Times' James Poniewozik and Mike Hale
• Variety's Maureen Ryan
• Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall
• Slate's Willa Paskin
• Paste's staff
• Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman
• The Associated Press's Frazier Moore
• The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert
• Reason's Glenn Garvin
• Vox's Todd Vanderwerff
• The Atlantic's staff
• The New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum
• Indiewire's staff

It also made the #2 spot in the Hitfix Critics' Poll (or the List of Lists). In addition, it's also on a list of especially underrated shows and a couple of different lists of shows for particular types of pop culture fans (fans of character-focused shows and fans of high-concept, plot-driven dramas in particular).

And finally, after all of those lists, have a bonus link to an interview with the show's costume designer, Katie Irish (who also recently joined Twitter).

Have a great end of the year, everyone! The show will be back in March.
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I dropped the ball on link-posting for most of the summer, but not on link-collecting. So that means a whole load of incoming links!

Arguably most importantly for the continuing presence of the show on North American screens, The Americans won this year's Outstanding Achievement in Drama award in the annual Television Critics Association awards. (The award was even presented by two critics who dressed up as "Clark" and "Jennifer" from the show!)

And not to leave out the Brits, the most important piece of news for the presence of the show on their screens: a deal has been made with ITV Encore to bring the show back to the UK after it was cancelled between seasons two and three.

The show didn't end up getting nominated for any significant Emmys, but there was a bunch of buzz around the possibility over the summer, and some of it is still worth reading and listening to in retrospect (mostly because it's not just about the potential for awards). Here are some links in that vein:

Indiewire interviewed co-showrunners Joel Weisberg and Joe Fields, and Goldderby interviewed Matthew Rhys (Philip) in advance of the Emmy nominations.

If you've got a bit of time to kill, here's critic Todd van der Werff (from Vox) making a case prior to the nominations for why the show actually did have a chance at some Emmy attention this year (audio, starting at around 29:00 and coming back to it around 38:00).

Of course, lots and lots of publications had stuff to say about the Emmy snub. I won't try to link to all of the mentions, but here are three pieces that focused specifically on The Americans: Decider, the New York Post, and Goldderby.

Entertainment magazine Vulture had its own alternate awards in its own categories this year, and The Americans won for best scene, best child actor, most improved show, and best drama.

There have also been a number of pieces about (or partly about) the show this summer that don't focus on awards:

Paul Sonne from the Wall Street Journal: "An ex-Russian spy on the accuracy of The Americans"

Alyssa Rosenberg from the Washington Post: "The economics that explain why more people aren't watching the best show on TV"

Emma Fraser from Flavorwire: "Talking TV underwear: ‘Masters of Sex,’ ‘The Americans,’ and ‘You’re the Worst’ costume designers on working from the inside out"

Kelly Schremph from Bustle: "How many The Americans seasons will there be? This Russian spy thriller could go on indefinitely

Philip Gould from the Providence Journal: "What's American about The Americans?"

Andrea Morabito from the New York Post: "Long live TV's female anti-heroes"

The show also made TIME TV critic Joe Poniewozik's list of the best shows of 2015 so far.

And finally, a new German spy show debuted this summer called "Deutschland 83" that has a lot of the same superficial premises. The co-creators and the star of that show talk about what they know about The Americans.
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Congratulations to The Americans for winning Best Drama in the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards tonight! Co-showrunner Joe Weisberg gave the speech, and Annet Mahendru (Nina), Alison Wright (Martha), and Holly Taylor (Paige) were also in attendance. [Edited to add: here's a video of the win and Weisberg's speech for Americans or non-Americans with a good VPN.]

And speaking of awards, Goldderby seems to think they have a shot at an Emmy or two this year, too (though I'll believe it when I see it, personally).

An interview with co-showrunner Joe Weisberg, but one that's different from anything we've seen before: a dialogue with Russian journalist Andrei Soldatov about Soviet illegals and why countries spy. Only part of the interview is about The Americans, but it's still really fascinating.

Slate Magazine has an interview with showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg

And travel magazine The Pursuitist also has an interview with Joe Weisberg.

IGN was better late than never with their season three review.

And finally, TIME magazine included The Americans in a piece on How TV Sex Got Real.
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Post-finale interviews with the showrunners (I'm afraid each one of these is pretty much worth reading/listening to in full! But the first few are possibly more must-read/listen to than others, if you really have to pick and choose.):
From the Andy Greenwald podcast (audio, ~54 minutes)
From Vox
From Hitfix
From the Wall Street Journal
From Vulture
From the Hollywood Reporter
From Variety
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
From Entertainment Weekly
From TV Guide
From Yahoo

Post-finale interviews with Holly Taylor (Paige):
From Variety
From Digital Spy

Post-finale interview with a bunch of the involved persons:
From the Daily Beast

Post-finale interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg):
From the Wall Street Journal

Analysis about season three as a whole:
By Andy Greenwald from Grantland
By James Poniewozik from TIME
By Matt Zoller Seitz from Vulture
By Alyssa Rosenberg from the Washington Post
By Brian Lowry from Variety
By Pilot Viruet from Flavorwire

Post-season three finale Vulture podcast with Matt Zoller Seitz and company (audio, ~36 minutes)

Paste Magazine reviews the top ten most shocking moments of the season.

The New York Post talks where things might go after the finale.

Decider does a piece on Holly Taylor and her character Paige.

The Huffington Post talks about the show's sense of style.

TIME Magazine ran the full text of Ronald Reagan's Evil Empire speech.

Mstarz talked about the reaction to the most shocking part of the finale on Twitter.

It seems that casting spoiler ) is set to return for season four.

And Deadline has some mixed news about the finale's ratings.
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An interview with Matthew Rhys, two different ones with Holly Taylor (Paige), another with Annet Mahendru (Nina), another with Margo Martindale (Claudia), and one with Tracey Scott Wilson, a member of the show's writers' room.

And some pre-finale pieces on the show: one on the disguises, and one on the show in general.

The Americans has won one of this year's Peabody Awards! (What's a Peabody Award? This.)

Zack Handlen of the AV Club writes a review of the entire third season (complete with letter grade).

Sonia Saraiya from Salon has an analysis of why The Americans will never be "must-see TV".

And finally, season three is now airing in Australia! Here's a piece on the premiere.
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An interview with the showrunners following last week's episode.

Two interviews with Holly Taylor (Paige): From the Hollywood Reporter and Yahoo.

An interview with Matthew Rhys.

An interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina).

An interview with Costa Ronin (Oleg).

And finally, one with Alison Wright (Martha).

Todd VanDerWerff at Vox wrote a piece on last week's episode and builds a case for the notion that the current run of episodes is following the structure of a Shakespearean five-act tragedy.

Entertainment Weekly has a piece on Paige and her Christian faith, and nominates Holly Taylor as a runner-up for Most Valuable Player last week.

Salon talks about the way the show tests our limits.

Mother Jones has a little piece trying to get people to watch the show.

Sound on Sight nominates Nina as among its six TV characters worthy of a spin-off.

And finally, a little video with a bunch of the cast from the show's Emmy Magazine cover shoot.
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The most important link of all: The Americans has been renewed for a fourth season!

Andy Greenwald has also trained his pen on the show this week.

Lightly Buzzed asks five burning questions after last week's episode, and Mstarz talks about the episode's great reception on Twitter.

Slate interviews the costume designers for the show.

And finally, this is only vaguely to do with the show, but a recent Russian spy couple unmasked in Belgium was compared extensively to the show (link goes to the original Dutch article, but here is an English translation that's pretty complete).
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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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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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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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I meant to post this Tuesday or at least yesterday, but things have been nuts, and it didn't happen. Better late than never?

Two interviews with Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields: from Entertainment Weekly and from IGN. The pair also have an exclusive video commentary on that "intimate and excruciating" scene from this week.

Two interviews with Keri Russell: from Hitfix and from the LA Times.

Two interviews with Matthew Rhys: from Starpulse and from Collider.

One interview with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys from Paste Magazine.

Two interviews with Alison Wright (Martha): from Instyle and from HNGN

One interview with director Tommy Schlamme about the "intimate and excruciating" scene from this week.

The New Yorker has a piece on the "Afghanistan baggage" from this season.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a piece on spy shows that turn old plots on their heads, of which The Americans is one.

Headline Planet has some bad news about recent episodes' ratings.
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As requested by [personal profile] jae  I'm putting up a short presentation of this podcast as a separate post, even though it has already been mentioned in the link post earlier.

This weekly podcast is hosted by Molly Nussbaum, the show's script coordinator.
Published on Thursdays, each podcast accompanies the previous night's episode and therefore contains spoilers for that particular episode. 
So far Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg has joined Molly to talk about the set, how the scripts are written and some other show-related things. Dan Sackheim, who is now both director of various episodes as well as coordinator of the overarching storylines for the show, has also talked about his work process and how he makes sure everyone stays clear of certain TV tropes.

I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in what goes on behind the scenes of a television show. It is full of insights, trade secrets and very entertaining discussions about the creative processes involved, both in the writing and on set. 

To listen and subscribe to the show you can look it up on iTunes here or use Slate's RSS feed here.
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Some links to whet your appetite for tonight's episode (though as last year, the episode-specific links are have been added to the episode post instead of being posted here):

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

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

An interview with Keri Russell with Starpulse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next up, interviews!

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, the Den of Geek site argues that The Americans is the best show you're not watching, Yahoo has some photos of the cast's wig transformations, and the cast and creatives attempt to recap the show to date in thirty seconds.
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A marvelous Hitfix interview with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields (unless you're SUPER spoiler-averse, this one is fine to read).

A whole slew of very spoilery reviews of the first few episodes of season three: from Spoiler TV (first episode only), from, from IndieWire, from the IndieWire blog, from Slant Magazine, from Variety, from, and from We Got This Covered.

The Christian Post has a Christian take on Paige's Christian conversion story.

And MediaPost does a full-on comparison of the new spy drama Allegiance and The Americans.
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Canada's National Post has an interview with showrunner Joe Weisberg, and Joe was also featured in this Washington Post piece about former spies now writing for television.

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

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

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

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

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

And finally, a fun little piece from a reporter who went on a tour of the set and reports on which books and music are in the bedrooms of the various Jenningses.
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The producers and lead actors were all at the TCA panel in California this week. Here's a liveblog from Hitfix with the full (somewhat spoilery) scoop on what was said, and a piece from Entertainment Weekly, and another from TVLine.

FX CEO John Landgraf did a bit at the TCA as well, and among other things, he said that he expects the show to run for at least five seasons. (!!!!)

Americans, it looks like the show will soon be viewable on Hulu.

A new U.S. spy drama called Allegiance has been drawing comparisons to The Americans: Hollywood Reporter, IGN.

A Lancaster, Pennsylvania newspaper has an opinion piece about the show.

And for all New Yorkers or people who can get there easily: there is a raffle going on for two tickets to the season three premiere at the Museum of Modern Art. Let us know if you enter, we will cheer you on!


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