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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 TVLine.com
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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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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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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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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As of this week we're halfway to the finale, wow. Hard to believe!

Collider did an interview this past week with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields.

A Wall Street Journal interview with Matthew Rhys (Philip) and Keri Russell (Elizabeth).

A Rolling Stone interview with Annet Mahendru (Nina), and another from Emmys Magazine.

A The Wire interview with Joe Weisberg, hair and makeup artist Peg Schierholz, and Joel Fields about the show's disguises and more.

Two late reviews of season two: from the Canadian newspaper The Chronicle Herald and from Fox News Latino.

FX has released a new minidocumentary on counterintelligence (video, ~4 minutes).

A Vulture piece on shows still on the cancellation bubble has positive speculation about renewal for our favourite show, with details about why we should hope.

The Americans got a mention in Alyssa Rosenberg's Washington Post column about atheists on television.

It also got a mention in two pieces on the portrayal of rape survivors on television: from Think Progress, and from the Washington Post.

Billboard on the song that singer Pete Townshend has written and performed exclusively for an upcoming episode of The Americans.

The Wire on the history of the show's "Felicity wig".

The Americans exhibit has opened at Washington, D.C.'s spy museum.

#1 in the list of The Best Soundtrack Moments of March 2014 in Stereogum's "Trackspotting" column goes to Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes The Flood" in "The Walk In" (episode 203).

There's now a larger-scale version of the gorgeous The Americans-based artwork for Emily Nussbaum's New Yorker piece of a couple of weeks back on the website of the studio hired to do the piece.

And one more fanmix has been made for the show.
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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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Keri Russell (Elizabeth) did an interview with Collider about the second season.

Matthew Rhys (Philip) did an interview with Esquire about the second season and especially "Cardinal" (202).

The Americans gets a mention in this piece by Think Progress's Alyssa Rosenberg about why we keep having the same debates about prestige television dramas. (Rosenberg is one of the show's unapologetic critic cheerleaders.)

Bad news about the season two ratings: they slid between 201 and 202. But on the other hand, FX executive John Solberg tweeted that the show is up a ridiculous 94% in "time-shifted viewing" (that's up from an already very high 81% for the season premiere).

Another piece about the "spy training day" to which the show invited journalists has come out, this time by the UK's This Is Fakediy.

U.S. magazine Mother Jones has a piece about the Middle Eastern and Central American politics that form the backdrop for some of the plotlines for season two.

The critic at the Salt Lake Tribune who likes the show argues that Putin makes it harder to root for the two Soviet leads.

Some fans did some research into whether Raiders of the Lost Ark was actually still playing in early 1982, and apparently the writers did their homework.

Attention icon makers! screencapped.net has a treasure trove of high-quality images for you to work with, and here's another at grande-caps.net.

And finally, Keri Russell made a brief appearance on Jimmy Kimmel along with the infamous "Felicity wig" (video, just over 3 minutes).
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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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The (first?) trailer for title of season two, episode two ) is out, as well as a full scene from the episode. A new trailer for the second season in general is also out.

The ratings for "Comrades" (season two, episode one) are out, and they are mixed, mostly bad, news. Critic Alyssa Rosenberg, who has been a huge champion of the show, was vocally disappointed on Twitter. But others compared it to what happened with Breaking Bad, implying there's reason to be hopeful.

A couple more season two reviews have trickled in: from the New Republic and from The Atlantic.

Crave Online has an interview with Matthew Rhys.

Indiewire on TV's antihero tradition and how The Americans deviates from it with a compelling romance.

Vulture on That Sex Scene from "Comrades."

E Online talks about the most intense moments from some of the premieres of this past week, including The Americans.

And Complex has one more "talking to the cast at the season two premiere" video.


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